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Concession Workers At Union Station Demand Higher Wages

As Walmart and others wait to see if Mayor Gray will veto the D.C. Council's "living wage" bill, workers at some of the city's most famous federal buildings are trying to raise awareness about low wages.

A loud protest took place outside Union Station this morning, where dozens of concession workers walked off the job and held a rally demanding better pay from vendors in federal buildings.

Today's action follows similar walk-offs and protests at federal buildings in D.C. in recent weeks. Earlier this month, it was the Reagan Building, and then the Smithsonian.

The protestors at the rally, which included D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, want President Obama to sign an executive order mandating livable wages of at least $12 an hour for federally contracted service workers.

Norton says Union Station is giving shelter to wealthy corporations by not requiring a living wage, and says the government ends up picking up the tab by paying for the workers' healthcare and other benefits like food stamps.


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