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President to increase contractor minimum wage

President Obama will use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for those working on new federal contracts for services. The increase will benefit lower-wage contract workers at federal and military facilities, such as janitors, construction workers, dish washers, laundry workers and others.

While the president is using executive authority to raise the wage for federal contract workers, the administration also is calling for Congress to raise the minimum wage for all American workers.

"The President is using his executive authority to lead by example," stated a White House fact sheet outlining the order. "The President wants to work with Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflation thereafter, and he will continue to work with Congress to get that done."

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. applauded the order, but urged Obama to support legislation that also sets $10.10 as the minimum wage for all federal hourly workers.

According to the union, some federal employees who work in VA hospitals and military facilities earn wages that are less than $10.10 an hour, and those wages were frozen for three years.

"The meager 1 percent pay raise passed this month didn’t come close to bringing hourly workers up to the standards that the administration is establishing for contractor employees," said a statement from the union.

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