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U.S. Government is Nation's Largest Low-Wage Employer

“There is no justice in America when the largest low-wage employer is not McDonald’s, it is not Burger King, it is not Walmart. It is the United States government,” Sanders said, as he voiced support for a $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers. A 2013 report from the liberal research organization Demos estimated that the federal government funds nearly 2 million jobs that pay less than $12 per hour. Meanwhile, McDonalds’ total worker headcount at corporate-owned and franchise restaurants is about 750,000.