Pentagon Contract Workers Strike over Low Pay

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One of the nation's largest employers faces a work stoppage by employees seeking higher pay: The Pentagon.

Roughly 50 food court and janitorial workers at the U.S. Department Department went on strike Wednesday to demand a hike in their hourly wage. Strikes targeting federal facilities in Washington were also planned at Washington's Union Station, Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the Old Post Office Building and the Ronald Reagan Building.

The protests, led by labor advocacy group Good Jobs Nation and backed by a coalition of union, social welfare and religious organizations -- including the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, NAACP and Interfaith Worker Justice -- seek to draw attention to what the groups say is unfairly low pay for employees of federal contractors that provide food and cleaning services.

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