Strike spreads country-wide
HOUSTON, TX — The Houston janitors'' strike, now entering its second week, is spreading to eight cities across the country, according to The Indypendent.
To show their support for the Houston janitors, fellow janitors represented by Local 1 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will throw up picket lines in front of corporate offices in Minneapolis, MN; Washington DC; Seattle; San Ramon, Los Angeles and Oakland, CA; Boston; and Denver, the article stated.
According to the article, there will also be support rallies in more than a dozen cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"What''s happening in Houston is a microcosm of what''s happening to our whole country," said Elsa Caballero, state director for SEIU in Texas.
"The gap between the richest one percent and working families is growing every day. It''s going to take bold action to rebuild our country''s middle class," Caballero added.
After janitors turned down a 50 cent raise that would keep them living in poverty, the companies responded with harassment and intimidation, and the workers called a July 11 citywide strike, the article noted.
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