Houston Janitors Call for a City-Wide Strike

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Friday's protest
Sporadic protests over the past couple months in Houston have escalated into calls for a city-wide strike, as janitors claim their managers illegally threatened and harassed them for participating in protests.

Since May, janitors have been protesting to demand a higher wage from the corporations they clean. They went into contract negotiations wanting their pay raised from $8.35 to $10 an hour, on par with what their counterparts make in a lot of cities across the United States. But contractors only offered a 50-cent pay raise over the next four years.

Then, when janitors started taking to the streets to demand a better deal, several of them say their managers used "unfair labor practices" to try and scare them into keeping quiet. A woman at Friday's protest said she was told she'd get fired if she participated. Others were allegedly harassed or threatened.

Now janitors have scheduled another protest for 6:15 p.m. today in front of office buildings beginning at 1100 Louisiana Street, according to spokeswoman Paloma Martinez.

We put in a call to Pritcherd Industries, one of the contractors in question, and will update this story when we hear back.

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reginald
reginald

i think you're missing the point, trisch

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I have never owned any cleaning business. Stop making up lies when you get backed into a corner. No one forced these people to be janitors. If they don't like the pay, get another type of job. The have no "right" to demand anything from anyone. BTW, who are you conducting in your pic and why are you wearing a dirty sock on your hand?

Mike Thack
Mike Thack

Is this an organized action?  Where is the support?  Where is the messaging?  Where is the integrity to the story?  SEIU.org ( Service Employees International Union) is reporting nothing on their website, as of 7/11/2010.  Nothing but silence from the offices of Congressman Al Green (D-TX) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).  NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous could not be reached for comment.  I'm all for supporting the principles of workers and their needs...but this is a massacre.  I fear for the workers who may be lemming-like victims of a disconnected and disorganized premature evanjaculist. The plight of workers is true and sincere.  The suffering cannot be denied.  But to victimize them further by marching them off to slaughter is just wrong.Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/11/4624014/breaking-hundreds-of-houston-janitors.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/11/4624014/breaking-hundreds-of-houston-janitors.html#storylink=cpy

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People are waking up to what a waste of money out of their paychecks unions are. Finally.

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They should move to the other cities if they don't like it. No one is forcing them to be a janitor here.

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