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Obama To Use Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Some Federal Workers to $10.10

Obama expected to mandate new minimum wage for federal workers
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During State of the Union Speech Tuesday night President’s order will apply to federal contract workers.

The executive order would apply to what are called Federal Contract Workers, such as those at Hanford who’s companies have agreements with federal agencies such as the Department of Energy.   This increase would apply to new contracts going forward.   No mention was made of it being retro-active.

However, it’s not expected to have much impact on Hanford, as most workers make well above that wage anyway.  Most starting wages begin at above $12.00 an hour.

Sources also report the President is expected to press Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller Bill that would raise (in stages) the overall minimum wage for all federal employees to $10.10 plus include an index for inflation.   Sounds very similar to the process we currently have in Washington state.

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