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Union decides to suspend civil disobedience

August 6, 2012

HOUSTON, TX — After numerous arrests and urging from supportive religious leaders, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has suspended civil disobedience protests in support of Houston janitors, according to the Houston Chronicle.

SEIU, which resumed contract talks with cleaning companies after a two month hiatus, has said it would "refrain from any civil disobedience as long as productive negotiations are ongoing," the article stated.

According to the article, despite the stoppage of civil disobedience protests, janitors will continue public demonstrations and strikes in their workplaces.

"While we appreciate the frustration that has led the striking janitors to engage in acts of civil disobedience, we have consistently discouraged such actions as they disrupt the lives of many in our community who might otherwise be very supportive of the modest requests of the janitors," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston.

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