Last November, seven Capitol workers walked off their jobs to push for higher wages and a union. A year later, more than 10 times as many workers went on strike with the same mission, but a different target.
The seven original strikers from the Capitol Visitor Center marked the first time workers from the U.S. Capitol joined the push for higher wages. On Tuesday morning, roughly 100 workers from the CVC, the Senate and the Capitol went on strike, joining workers from other areas of the federal government to push for $15-an-hour wages and a union. "It has grown, and we got more progressive … stronger, more demanding and more sensitive toward our needs," CVC worker Reginald Lewis, 52, who was at the first strike, told CQ Roll Call. He later added, "It’s like a family.”