Groups of workers employed in service jobs at federal buildings around D.C. are picketing this morning outside the landmark sites at which they are employed over their low wages. The protest, organized by a new group calling itself Good Jobs Nation, includes people who work at federal building food courts, loading docks, memorabilia shops, and facilities that manufacture uniforms for the military.[...]
Good Jobs Nation cites a recent report by the economic research group Demos that calls the federal government the nation's "largest low-wage job creator," with federal funds and contracts paying for nearly two million jobs that pay less than $12 an hour. Most of the employees participating in today's strikes earn near the minimum wage, which in D.C. is $8.25 per hour. Good Jobs Nation says there are 100,000 such jobs in the Washington area.