For a while, people who hope to see a raise in the minimum wage have been wanting Obama to make the difference he could make without needing the help of the amazingly obstinate and useless congress. There has been a call for him to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers.
There are an enormous number of “support staff” workers that this effects. The guy who serves you food in a cafe at the national zoo likely works for a private company contracted by the government instead of for the government itself. There are a lot more people working in federal buildings who will see the benefit of the executive order that Obama announced today.
I actually think that while it sucked for the workers that Obama waited as long as he did that Obama made the right choice. Waiting to make this announcement with the State of the Union gave the announcement more power to push a general minimum wage raise which is what we really need.