Federal workers employed by contractors at low wages to operate concessions and clean federal buildings walked off the job today to urge President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to establish a living wage requirement for contractors that do business with the government.
The group marched through downtown, briefly blocking a key Pennsylvania Avenue intersection, before arriving at the White House to deliver petitions with more than 250,000 signatures urging Obama to issue a living wage executive order.
Delegates to the recent AFL-CIO convention called on Obama to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to pay a living wage as part of a resolution on raising wages across the economy.
Federal contracts are lucrative, people want them and you should have to pay your employees a living wage to get one. @NowWithAlex— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) September 25, 2013
Govt. contractors are making huge profits on the backs of workers & taxpayers. WE DESERVE BETTER! #livingwage— CWA (@CWAUnion) September 25, 2013