▲ Low-wage workers in the United States protest to raise the minimum wage
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on the 22nd local time that federal government contract workers, such as security guards, building managers, and childcare workers, will receive the minimum wage of $15 an hour, or about 17,800 Korean won, starting next year.
This is a 37% increase from the previous minimum hourly wage of $10.95.
According to reports such as The Wall Street Journal and CNBC, the Ministry of Labor announced on the same day that it has completed enacting a regulation aimed at raising wages for contract workers.
The new rules, made under the signing of an executive order by President Joe Biden in April, will apply to new or renewed contracts from January 30, next year.
The minimum wage of $15 an hour is adjusted for inflation.
The target audience is civilians with federal employment contracts, from cleaning and maintenance workers to security guards, daycare workers, and nurses caring for veterans.
The number of people affected by the minimum wage increase is expected to reach 327,000.
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