|Workers call out federal contractors for low wages.|
The Twitter feed of @GoodJobsNation gave a full running commentary of the morning's events, which showed workers trying to feed their families on $8.25 an hour aren't going to take it anymore. Among the chants heard at the rally:
American flag UP! Corporate flag DOWN! Workers' wages UP! Corporate wages DOWN!Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus attended the rally and urged President Obama to sign an executive order to ensure federal contract workers are paid a living wage. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tweeted:
We're going to demand that the Prez sign an executive order to make sure you're paid a #livingwage
|Ellison speaks to strikers|
We interviewed a total of 567 workers in federally contracted jobs: 104 workers whoNELP calls for administrative action so that so many workers won't fall through the cracks. A poll done as part of the report shows that 74 percent of those employed under federal contract jobs earn less than $10 an hour. Only 26 percent receive sick days, and only 11 percent receive employer-provided health insurance. One in five depends on Medicaid for health care:
manufacture military uniforms in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico; 429 workers in Washington, D.C., who provide food service, retail services, or janitorial services in various buildings occupied or controlled by the federal government; and 34 port truckers who haul loads under federal contracts out of the port of Charleston, South Carolina.
The federal government needs to lead by example as it once did and ensure that federally linked activity does not inadvertently subsidize low-road employment and fuel poverty, but instead supports the type of quality jobs that communities and our economy need to grow and thrive once more.DCist just published a report on the strike, noting: