On a frigid day January 22, Pentagon food service employees joined other contracted federal workers for a one-day action to bring attention to demands of low-wage workers across the United States.
The crowd withstood the bitter cold to make their case to President Barack Obama, pressing him to issue an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay a living wage.
Good Jobs Nation convened the rally and pray-in at the Pentagon, along with over 150 workers and solidarity allies like UNITE HERE, Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Franciscan Action Network.
Jobs like those at the Pentagon were once good-paying union jobs, but have been steadily outsourced over the years. As a result, the U.S. government has become the nation’s largest creator of low-wage jobs—-over 2 million to date. Many UNITE HERE members are affected by these same kinds of federal contractors, and they know that being part of the union has made a difference.
UNITE HERE urges President Obama to stand up for federally contracted workers and take executive action to ensure that honest work earns a living wage.