Capitol of Inequality

Washington, DC is among the nation’s most economically successful places, with the richest 5% of households averaging $532,000/year.

But the lower economic tier of the city remains in dire straights, with the bottom 20% of households trying to survive on an average of $9,900/year.

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I Serve U.S. Senators, but I’m Homeless

Even though I work at the US Senate, I can’t afford to keep a roof over my head. I sleep outside a subway stop, just blocks from the White House.

The truth is that the current Presidentas well as the people now running for the White House – all walked past me and other low-wage workers who’ve served them in the Senate.

It’s like we’re invisible to them. We need contractors to pay more than the minimum – U.S. Contract workers need living wages, good benefits and a union!

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Senator Bernie Sanders and Supporters

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders: U.S. Contract Workers Deserve $15 and a Union

“What we are saying is pretty simple.  The taxpayers of this country want to make sure that government contracts go to model employers who pay workers a living wage, that they allow workers to form a union and that they provide good benefits to their workers.”

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I Cook for U.S. Senators, but I Use Food Stamps

I’m a single father struggling to support my kids. Because I only earn $12 an hour cooking at the US Senate, I need to use food stamps to feed my children.

I did all the things politicians said workers need to do to get ahead and stay ahead. I went to college, but now I’m stuck with $89,000 in student debt and a low-wage U.S. contract job.

We need a President who will make sure everyday Americans have good jobs and don’t need to use public aid to survive.

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We Clean a Cabinet Secretary’s Office
Our Wages Were Stolen

We are contract janitors who clean the U.S. Secretary of Education’s office. We’re trying to give our kids a shot at the American Dream, but it’s hard when a federal contractor steals our pay.

We are owed $40,000 in back wages.  If we were paid what we’re supposed to be making, we could save to send our kids to college. U.S. contract workers need a race to the top on wages!

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Asking President Obama for a Raise

New York Times:  “He should do so without delay. At stake is not only the living standard of a large workforce. At stake is also Mr. Obama’s ability to lead by example.”

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We are Fighting For...

More Than the Minimum

Low-wage federal contract workers, most of whom are women, have won Presidential executive orders to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and end legal violations on federal contracts.

But we need the President to finish the job and provide us with good jobs that pay at least $15 an hour and a union!

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How the U.S. Government is making Washington, D.C. the Capitol of Inequality?

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About Us


We are the low-wage workers who serve America through federal contracts, concessions and leases with private businesses. Yet, while our employers reap billions of dollars in profits from taxpayers every year, we are paid such low wages that we are unable to afford basic needs such as food, clothing, and rent.

We are uniting to call on the President to take executive action to encourage federal contract companies to pay living wages, offer good benefits, and allow us to collectively bargain without being forced to go on strike to be heard. We are standing up and fighting to make America a Good Jobs Nation once again.

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