Protesters arrested in ongoing strike over janitors’ wages in Houston
August 1, 2012
Protestors were arrested Tuesday during a march in the name of Houston janitors. It’s the latest in an ongoing strike for higher wages.
The janitors promised civil disobedience and that’s exactly what happened. Several people were arrested, but their message is slowly getting through.
They marched, chanted and were determined to make a point. Striking Houston janitors and their supporters walked through parts of downtown Houston before making their way inside One Allen Center.
Once in, the janitors threw flyers through the lobby before several sat down in an act of civil disobedience, refusing to leave until they were arrested.
“The Houston janitors are making about $9,000 a year, not enough survive in Houston or anywhere as a matter of fact,” Janitors Organizer Elsa Caballero said.
Also made their voices heard at city hall, where retired Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza spoke on their behalf.
“They are giving four five hours at nighttime, and it’s hard work, and they’re not paid very much,” Fiorenza said.
The janitors want their pay raised up to $10 an hour at the end of a multi-year contract. For now, contracting companies have been unwilling to budge, even though many of Houston’s elected leaders have voiced their support.
“I stand in support with them in their efforts,” Councilman Ed Gonzlez said.
Houston area followers: Attend the rally to support these striking janitors who are fighting for a living wage! Today at 6 p.m.! At the Williams Tower! Facebook event here.