Target: US Senate
Demand: Pay Capitol Building workers a living wage a paid days off.
A recent interview with Charles Gladden, a man who works in the U.S. Capitol Building, has shed another light on a major issue: the living wage. Gladden, who works serving food in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., is currently living on the streets, sleeping on the side of the road in a sleeping bag with nothing but a bag that fits all his possessions.
Gladden makes $11 an hour which is considered the minimum wage in many areas. However, due to diabetes, he has had to miss work on several days. He doesn’t get paid for those days. Therefore, Gladden simply can’t afford rent, especially in a city known for its high cost of living.
People who are working to serve the most powerful people in America deserve better.
Dear U.S. Senate,
In a recent interview with Charles Gladden, a man who works serving food in the U.S. Capitol Building, it was made public that the workers there only make $11 an hour. Because of Gladden’s health issues, he has had to take days off which he does not get paid for, and therefore cannot afford rent. He is currently living on the streets.
Charles Gladden and the other workers in the U.S. Capitol Building deserve to make a living wage and be paid for necessary time off. We urge you to grant them that.
[Your name here]
Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner