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Walter Reed Janitors In Labor Dispute With Contractor

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Nearly 300 janitors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they haven't been paid for two weeks, the Associated Press reports. The janitors work for the National Navy Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University at Walter Reed. 

Officials with The Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, claim the janitors have been reluctant to strike out of concern for Walter Reed patients. 

The union has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor against the federal contractor that employs the janitor, Escab Enterprises. Escab didn't respond to requests for comment from AP. 

The company claims it hasn't been paid by the government, union spokesperson Julie Karant tells the Associate Press. But despite that fact,  Karant says, workers still should be paid.


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