Low-wage contractors picket outside federal buildings

(Amanda Voisard/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)

A group of food service workers walked off their jobs in the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building Tuesday morning as part of a day-long protest of low wages paid to federal contract employees.

A series of protests dubbed “Good Jobs Nation” is planned for the day in support of the contract workers who clean offices, serve food and maintain museums and landmarks in the capital, according to a Washington Post report.

The demonstrators, some of whom said they earn less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, chanted “Stand up, fight back” and briefly shut down the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street NW.

Protesters have also planned a symbolic sit-in at the preserved civil rights-era Woolworth Counter in the National Museum of American History before convening a noon rally at Union Station.

For more information, read the Washington Post report on these developments.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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