Obama to Sign Executive Order Boosting Minimum Wage For Federal Workers

President Barack Obama plans to use his State of the Union speech to highlight an executive order he will give to raise the minimum wage for federal employees.  The move, to raise the hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10, will only affect contracts signed after the order is delivered.  And renewed contracts won’t fall under the order, unless the terms of the contract is changed.

While the order is limited in scope, it represents a push by Obama to begin to address the issue of income inequality and bypass Congress, where previous plans for a minimum wage increase languished.

“You can be sure that the president fully intends to use his executive authority to use the unique powers of the office to make progress on economic opportunity, to make progress in the areas that he believes are so important to further economic growth and further job creation,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday.

Obama’s order comes as Democrats try to raise the minimum wage across the country, a tough sell in a House controlled by the GOP.  It also comes as the movement to boost the minimum wage grows, as AlterNet’s Steven Rosenfeld reported.  His article highlighted how states and cities are raising the minimum wage for their residents.

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