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Messy Situation: Janitors at Walter Reed Say They Haven’t Been Paid

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Archive image of a janitor. (credit: TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 janitors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they haven’t been paid for two weeks.

The Service Employees International Union sent out a news release on the issue Sunday, a day before Veterans Day.

The janitors work for the National Navy Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University at Walter Reed. The union says the janitors have been reluctant to strike out of concern for Walter Reed patients. But the union says it has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor against the federal contractor, Escab Enterprises.

Telephone calls by The Associated Press seeking comment from Escab were not immediately returned Sunday afternoon.

Union spokeswoman Julie Karant says the company claims it hasn’t been paid by the government, but she says workers still should be paid.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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