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$15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Takes Effect Jan 30

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Beginning January 30, 2022, all federal contractors will receive a guaranteed hourly minimum wage of $15. According to the US Department of Labor, all new contracts will include this provision for minimum wage. 

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Biden Signs Executive Order Increasing Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

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Last April, President Joe Biden signed an executive order lifting the minimum hourly rate from $10.95 to $15 per hour. According to NY University professor Paul Light, the government employs a total of around five million contractors.

The change will affect around 327,000 federal contractors. This includes food service employees and nursing assistants who earn less than $15.

The executive order will also stop the practice of paying tipped minimum wage for federal contractors by 2024. . Currently, the rate is now at $7.65 an hour.

However, some federal contractors will have to wait longer than January to experience the pay raise. The wage increase applies only to new contracts.

Workers who still have their contracts active after January will need to finish their existing ones. Some federal contracts run from three to five years in length. Still, Labor officials celebrated the raise during a call with reporters last Monday. 

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Government Officials Celebrate The Minimum Wage Increase

Jessica Looman, the acting administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, hailed the decision. “It’s a step in the right direction,” she said.

“Bottom line, we really want to make sure we’re leveraging the purchasing power of the federal government to ensure fair wages for workers across the country and in the territories,” Looman added. 

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh also celebrated the minimum wage raise. “Federal contract workers are essential workers and are critical to the federal government. It’s a step in the right direction and it also ensures the federal government leads by example,” he said. 

Government Will Also Issue Protections To Federal Contractors

Under an executive order issued by Biden signed Thursday, federal contractors who stand to lose their jobs once their current contracts expire will get priority for new ones.

The order directs federal agencies to include a clause in re-issued services contracts. This gives a federal contractor the right of first refusal when agencies renew the job. The Labor Department will finalize details of this by the first quarter of next year. 

Companies that fail to implement this order face serious consequences. According to the order, owners will have to pay the former workers’ lost wages or offer them a job.

The requirements for workers will remain the same. They must have the necessary eligibility requirements to hold the position. In addition, the new contract must remain similar to the predecessor’s contract. 

Added Stability For Federal Contractors

The federal government hopes to provide added stability for federal contractors and their unions. It also hopes to provide continuity for federal agencies when contracts change hands.

Biden’s directive comes as federal spending on contracts continues to increase. Meanwhile, many federal agencies are getting ready for the mass hiring of new workers related to the new infrastructure law.

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  • Dementia Joe says:

    FUCK JOE BIDEN he has fucked the country the LYING RACIST SACK OF SHIT. BREAK HIS HANDS.

  • The professor says:

    I’m sure you’re all wondering who’s gonna pay for this …. well stop wondering ..WE ARE!!!! We are all aware of the sneakiness and government contracting I’m sure these people deserve a raise… blue-collar workers office workers…. our nation is $22 trillion in debt as of 2019 …. if someone were to give our government $100,000 a day to help pay off the debt after 1000 years you would’ve only paid off 36.5 billion … we are saddling our children and grandchildren with a very bleak future …but don’t worry sleepy Joe’s got it all under control or you asked to do is print more money imagine how much money he’ll print in three years and what our national debt will be….sleep tight folks

  • The Rebel says:

    If you want something phucked up—turn it over to the gubmint——–
    BUT if you want something truly FUBAR———turn it over to Bidumb and Company !!!!!

  • Linda says:

    A lot of people have families to feed and other bills to pay so they need a raise in their pay my son works very hard at his work doing work of six people with a wife that health is not good she cannot work.so pay raise would really help.

  • The professor says:

    Linda I hope your son and daughter-in-law make out well and have or try to have a happy Thanksgiving

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