Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors: White House

U.S. President Obama arrives to deliver remarks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White HousePresident Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday he is issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers with new contracts, the White House said. In his State of the Union address, Obama will also call on Congress to pass a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 and index that to inflation going forward. The executive order for new contracts or existing contracts in which terms are being changed would take effect at the beginning of next year.

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