Following Obama's lead, school increases minimum wage

Sterling Beard
Director of Journalism Training

  • Centenary College raised wages the day after Obama's State of the Union address.
  • Full-time and part-time employees will make $10.10 hourly.
  • Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
  • Centenary College has raised the minimum wage for both its full-time and part-time staff to $10.10 following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

    The college’s president, David Rowe, made the announcement Wednesday according to the Associated Press. He also asked Sodexo and National Resource Management, the school’s two major vendors, to do the same; both have agreed.

    "Centenary College has raised the minimum wage for both its full-time and part-time staff to $10.10 following President Obama’s State of the Union address."   

    Centenary is a private arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The Shreveport, Louisiana school’s enrollment was 661 students in the 2013-2014 academic year according to its official website.

    President Obama said Tuesday that he would raise the minimum wage for workers covered by new federal contracts from $7.25 to $10.10 via executive order. The minimum wage in Louisiana remains at $7.25 per hour.

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    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    Director of Journalism Training
    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's Director of Journalism Training. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he spent time as an editorial associate for National Review Online and as a staff writer at The Hill, where he served as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lyn Nofziger Fellow and regularly appeared across the country on Fox News Radio to provide analysis of current events. In 2017, Sterling was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, one of nine people who "affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017 — and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead."
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