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Activists Demand Living Wage For Federally Contracted Workers

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The protesters want federally contracted workers to make a living wage.
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The protesters want federally contracted workers to make a living wage.

Hundreds of protesters are descending on federal facilities throughout D.C. this morning, where they are demanding that federally contracted low-wage workers receive a living wage.

According to the protesters, contracted workers in the Ronald Reagan Building, Old Postal Office, Union Station, and other federal buildings make between $8 and $9 an hour, which they say is not enough to survive on. They want President Barack Obama to sign an order mandating that all workers—whether directly employed by the federal government or by contractors—receive a living wage.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while D.C. is set at $8.25. The protesters have said that contracted workers should be guaranteed at least $12 an hour.

A report released earlier this month found that the federal government employs some two million low-wage workers through contractors, with 100,000 of those being in the D.C. region.


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