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article imageGovernment employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

By Nate Smith     Nov 13, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.
Employees of businesses with government contracts and their supporters, numbering about 800 in all rallied Thursday on the U.S. Capitol to raise awareness for labor unions, and to call on the president to issue executive orders that would give priority to businesses under federal contract that pay at least $15 per hour and afford workers union representation.
The movement is organized by the group, Good Jobs Nation which calls on President Obama to, "provide us with good jobs that pay at least $15 per hour and a union."
The strike culminated at the Capitol Thursday following a march about Washington D.C. led by a brass band.
It's a tactic the labor movement has employed nine times in the last 18 months or so. However, Thursday's strike was the first to include workers from inside the U.S. Capitol building itself, as many food service laborers that work in the capitol building joined other low-wage staff from public buildings like the Smithsonian Museums, the International Trade Center and the Ronald Reagan office building in support of higher pay and increased union representation.
Some liberal members of Congress also planned to join the rally. Among them, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, himself a rumored 2016 presidential candidate, and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
One day strikes have already had some impact. Earlier this year President Barack Obama issued an executive order that required federal government contract workers to be paid at least $10.10 per hour.
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