NAACP statement on increasing the minimum wage of employees of federal contractors
In July of 2013, delegates to the NAACP annual convention overwhelmingly approved of a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. The NAACP also strongly supports and encourages President Barack Obama to issue an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for all employees of federal contractors to not less than $10.10 per hour, and then tying future annual increases to the federal cost of living index.
From NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller:
â€œWe at the NAACP believe that every American worker deserves a fair and livable wage. That is why we strongly support a Presidential Executive Order that increases the minimum wage all federal contractors must pay their employees,â€ said NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. â€œThe federal government should be a shining example of fair and just treatment by increasing the minimum wage for all employees of federal contractors.â€
From Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Sr. VP of Policy and Advocacy:
â€œThe NAACP fully supports a Presidential Executive Order increasing the minimum wage, by which all federal contractors must pay their employees,â€ stated Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. â€œStudies have shown that when American workers have higher incomes and more income security, they are more likely to invest in and invigorate our economy, creating more jobs. An executive order increasing the minimum wage federal contractors must pay their employees would provide the type of determined and persistent leadership our countryâ€™s workers deserve.â€