Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings

by Annie Gowen and Robert Samuels

Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings in Washington, DC. A day-long series of protests is held in support of contract workers at museums and offices in the heart of the federal city. Some of the workers say they make less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Photo: Washington Post

Federal contract employees at some of the nation’s best-known landmarks walked off their jobs Tuesday during a day of protests over low wages and lack of benefits.The day-long strike was organized by a group called Good Jobs Nation on behalf of the workers who serve the food and run the cash registers at museums and offices in the heart of the federal city. Some workers said they were being paid less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and some said they were working in a government building despite being in the country illegally.