May 21, 2022

Art & Lifestyle:

DoD Hit Hardest by $15 Minimum Wage

Of the federal government’s 2.2 million civilian employees, 67,000 will be impacted by the raising of the minimum wage to $15. Of those, over 56,000 currently work at the DoD. OPM’s says the pay rate changes must be made by January 30, 2022.

$15/Hr. Wage Hits Contractors Jan. 30

The new wage rule establishes a $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal contractors beginning Jan. 30, 2022. The new rule removes the “sub-minimum wage” that had been allowed for some contractor employees with disabilities and aims to eliminate the sub-minimum classification for tipped employees by 2024.

Cyber Worker Shortage Still Plagues Army Combat Teams

Cyber Worker Shortage

A Defense Department inspector general reports says the most common personnel shortages plaguing the US Army’s active-duty brigade combat teams are cyber network defenders and electromagnetic spectrum managers.

Meet the Rebranded F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed Martin has announced a fighter jet it calls the F-21. The single-seat fighter comes with missiles, modern sensors, and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The rebranding appears to be more about opportunities for industrial cooperation in India, than technological enhancements.

Hoyer Leads Working Families Forum

Hoyer Earns High Score From LCV

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer hosted a Working Families field forum with Rep. Bobby Scott as a special guest. Local elected leaders, policy experts, and workers joined the congressmen in a discussion on House Democrats’ Working Families Agenda, which includes policy solutions to raise the federal minimum wage, ensure pay equity, and provide paid leave for all workers.

Legislators Tackle Taxes to Minimum Wage

Legislators face a deficit and debates about where to find the revenues to fix it — including marijuana.