Unions Target Federal Contractors In New Strategy

Joel Mejia was a low wage worker under federal contract
Joel Mejia was a low wage worker under federal contract

Every day, foreign aid workers, federal agents, and public policy scholars go to work in the palatial Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Ave., the most expensive federal building ever constructed. So did Joel Mejia, a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant (right) -- for $9 an hour and no benefits, in the building's food court.

On Tuesday, Mejia called for a living wage, benefits and respect on the job as part of a rally organized by a new union-backed campaign called Good Jobs Nation. It follows on the heels of other, similar union-organized labor actions at Walmart and fast food restaurants. This time the organizers took on an entire sector: federal contractors.