United States President Joe Biden on April 27 has signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractor workers.
Under the executive order, all government agencies must include the increased wage in new contract solicitations by Jan. 30, 2022.
By March 30, 2022, all agencies must implement the higher wage into new contracts.
Agencies must also include the new wage into existing contracts that are extended.
“This executive order will promote economy and efficiency in federal contracting, providing value for taxpayers by enhancing worker productivity and generating higher-quality work by boosting workers’ health, morale, and effort,” the White House said in the statement.
“The executive order ensures that hundreds of thousands of workers no longer have to work full time and still live in poverty. It will improve the economic security of families and make progress toward reversing decades of income inequality,” the statement further said.
According to the White House, the workers who will receive the higher wage include cleaning professionals and maintenance workers, nursing assistants who care for the veterans, food service personnel who provide food for the military, and laborers who build and repair federal infrastructure.
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