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NEW YORK, NY (February 12, 2014) – After promising to do so in his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order today to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted employees to $10.10 per hour.
The Islamic Circle of North America thanks the president for taking the initiative to secure a living wage for millions of underpaid workers.
Low-wage employees and faith leaders joined officials, including Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Congressman Keith Ellison, on this occasion. Naeem Baig, president of ICNA, was among those invited by the White House to witness the signing.
“This is a promising step toward economic fairness,” says Baig. “But this is just the beginning. It can’t end here.”
The president said he is pressing for Congress to follow suit by signing a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage of all Americans to $10.10 an hour. Doing so will help millions and grow the economy.
ICNA joins the President to ask Congress and local and state officials to increase the minimum wage to a level that can support individuals and their loved ones.
It also calls on large corporations and small businesses to pay their employees respectable wages that afford a decent living. It is unacceptable for people to suffer poverty despite working full time.
“Let us work together to demand proper living wages for our communities,” says Baig.
ICNA asks all Americans to call and email their elected representatives and urge them to sign the bill to increase the federal minimum wage.