US federal contractors fight for back pay after shutdown
Updated : January 30, 2019 06:51 AM IST
President Donald Trump, whose demand for funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border triggered the shutdown, signed legislation that makes back pay available for 800,000 federal employees. But that legislation did not include government contractors.
A bill introduced by Senator Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota, would make back pay available to low-wage workers who are employed by outside government contractors, including janitors, cafeteria workers and security guards.
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