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Obama: Outlawing LGBT Discrimination 'on the Right Side of History'

Obama: Outlawing LGBT Discrimination 'on the Right Side of History'
President Obama signs an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Find video of his remarks on the flip.
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Obama: Country Raising Minimum Wage Despite Congress

Obama: Country Raising Minimum Wage Despite Congress
President Obama highlights the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterates his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts.
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Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors
President Obama signed an executive order that, while a bit symbolic since it only reaches a few federal workers, lifts the minimum wage to $10.10 for all federal projects. Those projects, however, generally came with better wages already. Millions more are waiting on congress to act for the rest of the nation.
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Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism

Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism
President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.
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Sam Hananel
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White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

White House Weighs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers
Guess who is one of the biggest employers of minimum-wage employees? Your own federal government. The government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that used to provide good pay and benefits. And this means that between nearly 2 million people have to live in poverty. Now, there are reports that President Obama is considering doing something about that.
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(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors

(Executive) Order Up! What President Can Do to Help Low Wage Federal Contractors
These days, when I say “federal contractor,” you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we’re talking about here. The workers who would benefit from an executive order clean federal buildings, sell food, sew uniforms for the armed services, provide security services, and so on. They’re members of the low-wage work force.
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Jared Bernstein
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