WASHINGTON – More than 100 Pentagon contract workers carrying poster of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and singing “We Shall Overcome” picketed outside the building Wednesday to demand that companies doing business with the federal government raise the minimum wage.
The workers want increased wages and improved working conditions for their taxpayer-funded jobs. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over several years is stalled in Congress.
“When I started working here eight years ago I made nine dollars an hour and I still make nine an hour,” said Jerome Hardy, a contracted food server at the Courtyard Café in the Pentagon and a single father. “I work hard to serve American heroes, but I still end up with zero.”
Pentagon contract workers march together in protest of current wages.
This graph shows the steady increase in minimum wage over the past 39 years. However, minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009.
Inocencio Quinones leads a final chant concluding the job action rally, held outside the Pentagon Wednesday.
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