Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the chamber's No. 3 Democrat, made a surprise appearance in a Senate cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to join a boycott of the Senate's food service vendor. Senate staffers launched the boycott last week , urging Restaurant Associates to raise wages for Senate workers and allow for collective bargaining. Roughly 80 staffers showed up at the boycott Wednesday, bringing their lunches in brown bags marked with stickers that read, "Senate Staff Solidarity."
"I'm proud of each of you," Reid told the staffers and workers gathered in the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria.