Hundreds of striking low-wage workers in Washington, D.C. want Pope Francis to join their cause. Members of Good Jobs Nation, the labor-backed campaign to win higher pay and union recognition for service employees at federal sites in the capital, halted work on Tuesday morning as part of a protest timed to coincide with the pope’s U.S. visit.
Roughly 1,000 workers from privately managed, federally owned workplaces, such as the Smithsonian museum food courts, joined religious leaders for a march to Capitol Hill. Most, but not all, of the workers are on strike. Several religious leaders marched alongside them, including Rev. Michael Livingston of Riverside Church of New York City, which has a long history of Christian civil rights activism. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is expected to address the crowd.