WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of low-wage federal contract workers are walking off the job at the Capitol and other federal buildings and landmarks for one day to press for higher pay.
President Obama raised the minimum salary for US government employees from the national minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 earlier this year. But the federal workers went on a one-day "strike" to press for at least a $15 an-hour minimum.
Contract workers include those who provide food and janitorial services in federal buildings and museums. Congress has so far blocked Obama's efforts to raise the current $7.25 an-hour minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers nationwide. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have acted on their own to raise the minimum wage.