This month’s photo highlights the recent strikes organized by federally contracted workers and their fight for a living wage.
Earlier this year President Barack Obama had signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10. While this was widely recognized as a step in the right direction for minimum wage policies across the country, those working in the U.S. Capitol building feel it done little to address issues such as unstable working hours.
The workers have come together under the labor campaign Good Jobs Nation, which had organized the previously successful strikes for higher wages and contractor adherence to labor laws. The latest demands have included giving bid preference to contractors offering a $15 minimum wage for employees, as well as increased benefits and the ability to unionize.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: Striking government contract workers gather for a protest on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol November 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Low-wage contract workers employed at the U.S. Capitol joined with other federal contract employees demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama 'take more aggressive executive action to help low-wage workers and boost the economy.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)