Obama to raise minimum wage for contract workers

Obama to raise minimum wage for contract workers (Image 1)
Obama to raise minimum wage for contract workers (Image 1)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10.

Obama will sign the executive order Wednesday in
the East Room of the White House. He first announced the measure during
his State of the Union address.

Because the measure applies only to new contracts,
officials have said it will affect just a few hundred thousand workers.
That's a small percentage of the more than 2 million federal
contractors.

The White House says the order requires that
employees who work for tips make at least $10.10 overall. It also
prevents contract workers from being paid less than others if they have
disabilities that affect their productivity.

Obama is also calling on Congress to pass Democratic legislation to raise wages for all workers to $10.10.

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