HOUSTON, TX — Six years ago marked a significant win for organized labor when the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) won the right to represent 5,300 janitors who cleaned big office buildings in Houston, according to The Chronicle.
Since then, while the union promised to raise wages and boost work hours, wages for many janitors still hover near the federal minimum wage, the article stated.
According to the article, their current contract expires on Thursday, and janitors are hoping their union representatives can win them a contract with higher wages and better benefits.
Currently, Houston janitors start at $7.85 an hour with a 25-cent raise after six months and another 25 cents after a year, the article noted.
Houston janitors typically top out at $8.35, which is far less than janitors in Chicago, who are members of the same SEIU Local 1 and earn up to $15.45 an hour, the article added.
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