Pay Raise Pitch

NBC News
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:51am

President Barack Obama plans to announce that he will issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers with new contracts to $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama will call on Congress to pass a bill that would apply the raise to existing workers, and peg future increases to inflation.

The raise - up from $7.25 - would benefit employees including janitors and construction workers.

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