U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a speech on ‘How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act Will Rebuild America’s Bridges’, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2022.
Kevin Lemarque | Reuters
Some federal employees just got a raise.
Federal agencies were told on Friday to raise the minimum wage to $15 for workers in accordance with President Joe Biden’s executive order, according to a memo from the Office of Personnel Management.
As a result of the directive, 67,000 of the government’s 2.2 million employees will receive a raise, according to a statement released by the agency on Friday. Of these, more than 56,000 work in the Department of Defense and the remainder work largely in the Department of Agriculture or Veterans Affairs.
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Still, the pay increase applies to all executive branch agencies except the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission. The wage hike is to be implemented by Jan. 30, the Labor Department announced in November.
Biden has campaigned to raise wages for lower- and middle-class workers, and in April 2021 signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal employees to $15.
“As the nation’s largest employer, how the federal government treats its workforce has a real impact,” Kiran Ahuja, director of the Office of Personnel Management, said in a statement.
“The Biden-Harris administration believes that the federal workforce should be treated with dignity and respect. Raising pay rates across the federal government to a minimum of $15 an hour reflects our appreciation of the federal workforce and our values as a nation,” Ahuja added.