Labor Applauds Obama Raising Federal Contract Worker Minimum Wage to $10.10

By Doug Cunningham

Labor is applauding President Obama’s use of the executive order to raise the minimum wage of contracted federal workers to $10.10 an hour. But American Federation of Government Employees President David Cox Sr. wants Obama to do more –  also raise wages for the federal government’s own employees who make less than $10.10 an hour. Low-wage workers working for federal contractors have protested their poverty wages with strike actions – most recently at the Pentagon. AFGE says federal employees who work at VA hospitals and military facilities make less than $10.10 an hour and they had pay frozen for three years. AFGE also urges an end to contracting and bring all federal workers into federal employment with living wages and good benefits. The union says keeping the work contracted out keeps in place a system of low wages and no benefits that so many private employers are using to exploit workers.

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