Who gets a raise and who doesn’t under Obama’s order

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’ll sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour for employees who work for companies that get government contracts. Some questions and answers about the new proposal:

Q: How many workers will get raises?

A. The White House offered no estimate for how many workers the change would affect, though advocacy groups guess that the number would reach into the hundreds of thousands.

Q: How many people work for companies through federal contracts?

A: Two million Americans work on federal contracts, according to a report by Demos, a public policy organization, though only some of them receive the minimum wage. A National Employment Law Project study found that about 75 percent of those workers earn less than $10 an hour.

Q: What do these workers do?

A: They prepare food and wash dishes, clean laundry and buildings, and manufacture military uniforms, among other duties.

Q: How much will the proposal cost companies?

A: The White House offered no estimate. Federal spending on contracts reached more than $500 billion in 2012.

Q: Will everyone who works for the government get a raise?

A: No. It will affect only workers whose companies negotiate new contracts with the government.

Q: Is Congress still considering raising the minimum wage for all Americans?

A: Yes. The president supports a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, which would affect tens of millions of workers.

Email: akumar@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @anitakumar01

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

    A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

  • Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held.

  •  
New Zealand's Sam Webster, left, leads Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, right, during the Men's sprint Quarter final at the Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, July 25, 2014.

    Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest

    A Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games who wore gloves with "Save Gaza" written on them has been reprimanded by his team and warned he will be expelled if he does it again.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category