The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $7.25 an hour, a move that will go into effect next week.
The commission said it will increase hourly wages for those who work in the telecommunications, retail, manufacturing and hospitality sectors to $10 an hour by 2022.
The agency said it would phase in the change over a period of six years.
The proposal is the result of years of lobbying from tech firms, consumer advocates, unions and other business groups, and the FCC is the first major federal agency to consider raising the minimum hourly wage.
Federal law currently prohibits employers from requiring employees to earn more than $15.
But a number of states and cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle, have raised the minimum to $12 an hour.
The FCC is considering legislation to raise that minimum to the $15 mark.
“The Federal Communications Commissions mission is to protect the freedom of the American people to create, innovate and prosper in an age of unprecedented economic opportunity,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.
It’s time to ensure the American worker has a fair shot and a living standard they can count on.” “
This is a win for all Americans and a win in our country’s future.
It’s time to ensure the American worker has a fair shot and a living standard they can count on.”
A minimum wage hike would increase the minimum from $9.47 to $11.75 an hour for hourly employees and $11 to $13 an hour or $15 for hourly and hourly workers.
It would increase hourly workers’ wages by $0.07 to $7 an hour and hourly employees’ wages and benefits by $1.00 to $6.25.
The minimum wage would also rise for those in the finance, insurance and real estate industries, which includes retailing, restaurants, hotels and other services.
The proposed increase would affect about 4 million workers, according to the FCC.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.