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Houston janitors strike

July 13, 2012

HOUSTON, TX — 250 janitors represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) walked off the job at nine buildings in downtown Houston this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The strikes are in response to ongoing disputes over the renewal of the janitors'' contract, which expired in May, the article stated.

According to the article, Renee Asher, assistant director of communications for the union in Washington, said the walkouts took place Tuesday night.

"They''re not going back until they go back to the table," said Asher, referring to negotiations between the janitors and building contractors.

Vice President Joe Biden was expected to meet with four janitors yesterday when he spoke at the convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the article noted.

The janitors are seeking a raise from $8.35 to $10 an hour, while the companies have reportedly proposed a contract that would only raise hourly pay to $8.85 by 2016, the article added.

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