Friday, October 3, 2014
The Department of Labor announced a final rule this week that implements Executive Order 13658, which will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. The rate hike will help approximately 200,000 federal contract workers. From the official blog of the Department of Labor:
"The underlying principle couldn’t be simpler: no one who works full-time in America should have to raise their family in poverty. And if you serve meals to our troops for a living, for example, then you shouldn’t have to go on food stamps in order to serve a meal to your family at home. By raising the minimum wage for these workers, we’re not just upholding the president’s promise, but the fundamental American promise that hard work should be rewarded with a fair wage."
The minimum wage issue continues to be a controversial one. While the minimum wage has remained static for years under federal law, many local jurisdictions have acted to raise this rate. Now we see the federal government acting for some workers as well on this issue.
-- Joe Seiner