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.
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