Obama to set new minimum wage for Hanford contractor workers

January 28, 2014 

— The minimum wage for federal contractor employees, such as those at Hanford, will be raised to $10.10 an hour by executive order, President Barack Obama plans to announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The increase would apply to new contracts.

However, it looks to have little impact on the wages of workers for Hanford prime contractors as contracts expire and new contracts are awarded.

Few Hanford contract workers appear to make less than $10.10 an hour, according to information in Hanford contracts.

Receptionist wages start at $12.83 an hour, grounds maintenance wages start at $12.77 an hour and word processor wages starts at $15.07 an hour.

The president also will call on Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller Bill, which would raise the federal minimum wage in stages to $10.10 and index it to inflation after that.

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