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Obama to Raise Minimum Wage Under Federal Contractors


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Kit
- 174 days ago - nytimes.com
President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that [....]



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Kit B. (277)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:31 am
Photo Credit: action.goodjobsnow.org (poster)


WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that he has yet to push through Congress.

The order, which Mr. Obama will highlight in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night, is meant to underscore an increasing willingness by the president to bypass Congress if lawmakers continue to resist his agenda, aides said. After a year in which most of his legislative priorities went nowhere, Mr. Obama is seeking ways to make progress despite a lack of cooperation on Capitol Hill.

The minimum wage plan provides an example of what he has in mind. Mr. Obama called on Congress during last year’s State of the Union address to raise the minimum wage for workers across the board, only to watch the proposal languish on Capitol Hill, where opponents argued it would hurt businesses and stifle job creation. With prospects for congressional action still slim, Mr. Obama is using the executive order covering federal contractors to go as far as he can on his own.

“You can be sure that the president fully intends to use his executive authority to use the unique powers of the office to make progress on economic opportunity, to make progress in the areas that he believes are so important to further economic growth and further job creation,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday.

But the minimum wage order will also illustrate the limits of that approach. If Congress increases the federal minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25 as Mr. Obama has sought, 21 million employees will eventually get a raise unless their jobs are eliminated, according to estimates by a liberal research organization. Mr. Obama’s order will affect relatively few at first because it will apply only to new or renewed contracts, and even down the road at most it might affect several hundred thousand workers.

Even so, Mr. Obama’s vow to use his executive authority more robustly has drawn criticism from Republicans who say he has already stretched and, in some cases, exceeded the bounds of his power, much as he once accused President George W. Bush of doing.

Among other things, Mr. Obama unilaterally deferred deportation of many younger illegal immigrants after Congress declined to pass legislation giving them legal status. He has delayed enforcement of several aspects of his hotly disputed health care law. He declined to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act, a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

As he looks ahead to three more years in office, and with Republicans likely to still hold one if not both houses of Congress, Mr. Obama has sought other ways of enacting his agenda. Perhaps the most far-reaching area will be the environment, where the Environmental Protection Agency is working on regulations to limit carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants.

Republicans dismissed the notion that Mr. Obama should give up on Congress and rely on his own power more. “Ronald Reagan didn’t think that, and Bill Clinton didn’t think that,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, said on “Fox News Sunday” over the weekend. “Frequently, times of divided government are quite good times in terms of achieving things for the American people.”

Mr. Obama’s speech on Tuesday night will be his fifth formal State of the Union address — his speech to Congress in early 2009 did not technically qualify — and in some ways will be the most challenging. The president, who is reeling in the polls after a year of setbacks, wants to use the moment to re-establish his command of Washington before midterm elections this fall and, after that, the presidential primaries consume public attention.






The speech, which has been drafted over the last few weeks, will promote an overhaul of the immigration system and address the president’s concern about the growing income gap between the rich and poor. As part of that, he will renew his call for Congress to pass a minimum-wage increase.

As a prod to lawmakers, Mr. Obama plans to announce his plan to sign the executive order directing federal contractors to pay higher wages. The new rule will apply only to new federal contracts or in cases where contracts are renegotiated with new conditions.

White House officials offered no estimate of how many workers would actually be affected either immediately or as contracts are signed and renegotiated over time. A study by Demos, an organization that seeks to reduce corporate influence in politics, estimated that 560,000 people working for federal contractors make $12 an hour or less.

The president and his supporters argue that the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living, and they maintain that an increase is a long-overdue means of reducing disparities. Critics said that the economy was still too fragile to add to the burdens of business owners whose costs would go up along with the minimum wage and therefore might end up cutting jobs.
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By: PETER BAKER | The New York Times |

 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:34 am
A few minutes ago I saw the same story submitted by David. So, I say once again; -$10.10 an hour is a bloody joke!
(I also wish that we didn't have to deal with all the duplicates here)
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:45 am

Continued on page at site
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:46 pm
Thanks for sharing this good news that should affect the average wages for various occupations surveyed to lift the wages of others in the communities of the contractors Kit.
 

Sherri G. (111)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:52 pm
The President finally using his executive order to increase minimum wage to $10.10 is a start BUT I do not forget or forgive his supporting "Fracking" and authorizing with his signature the southern leg of the Keystone Pipeline. Right now I look at his State of the Union" a lot of lip service without substance. BTW anyone else who comments on "FRACKING" be aware the Care2 spell checker changes this word to "tracking". TY Kit Noted
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 8:34 am
The Republican response was infuriating!
 

Terry King (108)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 8:49 am
It's a start... Still not a worthy, living wage but a start.
 

Carol H. (32)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 9:26 am
ok for federal contractors...what about the rest of us poor, working people? When?
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 9:36 am

Carol H - Lobby Congress, write letters, make phone calls, sent letters to your local paper. Put pressure on those fools.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 9:42 am
I assume EVERYBODY heard him say that last night, plus this news was out even before the SOTU.
If "$10,10 is easy to remember" then so be it. Agree with all others her. Thx Kit
 

Robert B. (57)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 9:53 am
President Obama invited the republicans to offer better ideas and improvements to the existing ACA. Yet all they can do is babble about having better ideas, yet NEVER come up with any. They had 8 yrs under Bush and the last 5yrs under Obama.....soooooo, when are they actually going to get off their self-serving asses and WORK at making things better? The answer to that is clear. THEY HAVE NOT A CLUE!!!!! Their bright idea is to keep giving tax breaks to those who don't need them. It's quite clear that does not work. I suggest they step aside and let and let those that can, DO!
 

Donna G. (38)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 12:40 pm
My disability income is really low. If a person were to calculate it out based upon a 40 hour work week over 52 weeks, it would come to less than $5 an hour. Most people say that the cost of things like groceries and other consumer goods shouldn't go up just because the minimum wage goes up. But, the reality is that these prices do go up. I don't mean to suggest that the minimum wage shouldn't go up; but, I think what would be more beneficial is for the price of consumer goods, including groceries, to come down.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 1:22 pm
Let's wait to see how far this idea goes.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 1:27 pm
The only reason that this $10.10 was brought up is because people started taking to the streets. Keep it up People when you band together and raise your voices. It should of been $10.10 years ago, one still struggles on that as all it will do is wipe people off of their Food Stamps, eliminate their Housing help if they get it, or assistance to pay for their premiums on the ACA.

It will help the Plutocrats feel better that their taxes are not going to feed people, it will help those in the truly middle class with their taxes not going into the programs to help the poor, but it will do little to help those who will be virtually in the same spot only now they will pay for being there, and that is only for those who will get the $10.10. Again, it's a start yes, but too little and doesn't deal with the Big Elephant in the room. As people like Donna mentions, it does nothing to help people like her and for those who can't even get a job or a full time job. Keep taking to the streets people.

I also agree with Sherri. Although he mentioned giving more subsidies to the green technologies like solar and less to the fossil fuels, he is still hell bent on this pipeline that does little for us in line of anything. Much of what we are suffering or will suffer with in the line of pollution only benefits the Corporations as this fuel is not kept in the USA to serve our residents but is being sold to China and other Countries.

Yup keep pushing that dirty tar sand oil over our lands, digging up Canada, causing the cancer rates to go up in the First Nations people, and making sure China can build that Titanic and whatever else to fuel their "fake' economy, the empty cities it is building and such, while their people are enjoying the smog of Capitalism and the lovely air that is blowing from China to the west coast of the USA. Again, this Farce in my eyes for a State of the Union did nothing for me. They kept clapping for the same old bull crap. Sorry for my cynicism but it's the same old same old and the people are still suffering and will continue to do so.

Keep to the streets people.......we must grow a strong Popular Movement to push these out of touch relics into doing something truly monumental rather than tossing out these bones. I'm glad they gave that young man his few moments to hold onto when they were clapping, but I'd much rather they do something to help all those in Uniform or Veterans who fought for these Special Interest wars and wars of lies. Disgusts me that there are so many Veterans in backlog on their cases, that are homeless, used and then forgotten. Honor that man by making sure those who wore the uniform are well taken care of and only send them into harms way when it is truly for National Security, not their misadventures.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 1:52 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 2:42 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. While I thought it was a nice speech, and many of the things he said were "applause-worthy," I will save my accolades for when it is set in stone and implemented. So much of it sounded like his previous SOTU's and what has been done? I agreed with most of what he said, and Dandelion has noted the problems, which I agree with, too.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 3:56 pm
Noted
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 4:02 pm
This is Obama's "little league proposal" mentality that does nothing to fix the massive economic problems. It just means that doing business with the federal government is going to cost more. This really doesn't mean anything it's like "spitting into the ocean."

Most federal government contracts don't even address minimum wage labor so having a minimum wage for federal contracts in a sound bite in the SOTU address is absurd and meaningless.

So, what else have you got for the American people, Obama? So far, you've delivered nothing but signing the Lily Ledbetter Act into law.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 4:49 pm
Google Obama's accomplishments if you really want to know what he did get accomplished. Now tell us what did the Rs get accomplished? The only thing they did was to legislate our bodies and try to keep us from having health insurance - more than 40 times. That is it! But the info on Obama is out there so go look it up for yourself. He managed to get some good things done in spite of being blocked by the sociopaths on the other side of the aisle. The Economic Terrorists should be ashamed of themselves for what they have done to the people who pay their high wages, while they plan to work 1/3 of the year at full pay; we pay their insurance while they deny the same for us; we pay their pensions for life, while they steal ours. That is what has become of the GOPigs. I hope the President gets to signing all the Executive Orders he can to get this country back on track and help the people that the Rs are gleefully trying to bury and starve and stop them from having even a roof over their heads. They are the biggest lying terrorists in the country. The crap that dribbles from their mouths is disgusting and they don't deserve to be called "Congressmen". VOTE THEM OUT IN NOVEMBER. Save America.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 4:55 pm
Thanks, Kit, I also feel that $10.10 is not enough. It is enough for many Americans who are currently making much less. Bless his heart for signing an Executive Order to help them out. What we really need to even get set to returning the middle class is at least $15 an hour with the rise in the price of virtually everything that we buy. Maybe it can reach that point when we get more Dems in Congress.
 

Lisa Schmaltz (0)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 6:12 pm
my buddy's mother makes USA Dollars----85 /hour on the laptop . She has been without a job for eight months but last month her payment was USA Dollars----18133 just working on the laptop for a few hours. over at this website
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http://2cjobs.biz/?bo0316
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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 8:06 pm

Ten dollars an hour is at best miserly, at worst a promise that holds very little value. In Australia the minimum wage is $16.+ and prices are down not up. If Congress had followed up on this like they have their own pay increases, it would be about $25.+ an hour. A bit more honest and realistic.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10:13 pm
That is a bloody joke
 

Karen Chestney (102)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10:50 pm
Thanks, Kit. ....While $10.10 per hr. isn't great....it will help some people,,,,and if "others"...States and companies. will follow.....well ...we will see what happens...Teapublcan responses to SOTU..."just plain dumb & stupid too.".!!!
 

David B. (38)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 11:20 pm
$10 per hour?... How pathetic is that?

U.S. Minimum Wage - Compare It To The Rest Of World

http://www.care2.com/news/member/768353846/3710718
 

Colleen L. (2)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 11:30 pm
Sad that it isn't more. But it's a start upward. Hopefully it will continue. Thanks Kit
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 12:29 am
It isn't enough. And if you live in New York City it really isn't enough. I don't . But, a live able wage is much higher in some place.
 

Fi T. (16)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 7:04 am
What's basic need?
 

Winn Adams (190)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 9:54 am
Glad for the increase even though it isn't a "living wage".
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:37 am
Something, but could be much better!
 

Arlene C. (122)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 5:07 pm
fait
 
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