According to the The Epoch Times, President Biden on Friday signed another executive order that requires federal contractors to pay at least $15 per hour and provide employees with emergency paid leave.
This executive order removes Trump-era “Schedule F” job classification within the government’s career civil service for “employees in confidential, policy-determining, policy-making or policy-advocating positions.” Employees converted to Schedule F would lose most of their civil service protections and could be fired at any time.
The new order also overturns a series of executive orders signed by former President Donald Trump in May 2018. Those previous orders made it easier for the federal government to fire poor performers, further limited official time the federal employees can use to conduct union activities, and directed agencies to renegotiate collective bargaining agreements with federal unions under stricter parameters.
The order instructs the office of Personnel Management to develop recommendations to agencies that would ensure as many employees as possible get a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Assuming a standard 40-hour workweek, 52 weeks per year, the $15 per hour minimum wage translates to a $31,200 yearly wage before taxes.
The new signing boosts Biden’s executive orders signed in just 72 hours to 20. A number of those were directed to reverse the Trump administration’s policies. including revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, killing 11,000 jobs in the process, the halting of the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries that are know for a high case of terrorism, and the advisory commission to promote patriotic education in public schools that push the debunked 1619 project.