Pentagon Cafeteria Contractor Facing Debarment over Service Contract Act Violations

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Writing for the Guardian, Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk has an exclusive look at how one of the Pentagon’s cafeteria workers is facing debarment proceedings over their refusal to pay their workers’ wages in line with the Service Contract Act:

Seven Hills, the food services company that manages the food court for the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, is facing a complaint brought to the Department of Labor alleging violations of the Service Contract Act – a federal statute that aims to ensure employees engaged in servicing the government are paid as much as the prevailing rates in the location for the same work.

The proceeding is the latest in a series of disputes between workers and the company. Despite the strikes, the workers feeding the military’s top brass are still making a mere $9.57 an hour, nearly $4 an hour less than the minimum wage of $13.50 an hour for workers directly across the river in the District of Columbia.

The dispute comes as many of the Salvadoran workers employed in the Pentagon’s cafeteria are facing cafeteria are facing the threat of deportation after the Trump administration repealed the temporary protected status (TPS) of more than 200,000 Salvadorans in the US.

For more, go to the Guardian

 

 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter, who covered everything from the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh but speaks Portuguese which he learned in journalism school in Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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