Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Obama announces a raise in the minimum wage

From Senator Bernie Sanders' "Bernie Buzz":

"Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomed a White House announcement today that President Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour. The White House also said the president would discuss the issue during tonight’s State of the Union address. 'I applaud President Obama for issuing this executive order which will raise wages for hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers. The president has made it clear that employees working for government contractors should not be paid starvation wages,' Bernie said. 'This executive order also gives us momentum for raising the minimum wage for every worker in this country to at least $10.10 an hour.'

"In September, Bernie sent a letter to the president urging him to issue an executive order to set a minimum wage for federal contractors. The senator also is a cosponsor of Senate legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 from the current $7.25 an hour."

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