Service Employees International Union Local 1

 

To All People of Good Conscience Regarding Houston Janitors on Strike:

Our country is engaged in a struggle over our most basic values—that hard work should be rewarded with fair pay. Those values are being challenged as the gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the country grows wider and leads to the creation of a second class of workers who are locked into poverty.

Nowhere is this growing gap more stark than in Houston, where janitors work hard mopping, dusting, and scrubbing thousands of offices each and every day for some of the wealthiest building owners in the world yet are paid so little that many live in poverty.

As during the 2006 janitors’ strike, 'Freedom Flyers' from around the country are coming to Houston to promote workers' rights, civil liberties, and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

We applaud the bravery and courage of these janitors, who will be risking arrest to fight for a better future for all workers. It’s through struggles like these that we can bring fairness back to our economy and prosperity back to our country.

Signed,

U.S. Representative Al Green(D-TX)

U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX)

U.S. Representative Shelia Jackson Lee(D-TX)

Wade Henderson, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rev. William Lawson

State Senator Rodney Ellis

State Representative Jessica Farrar

State Representative Garnet Coleman

State Representative Senfronia Thompson

State Representative Armando Walle

State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna

 City Councilor Larry Green

Sissy Farenthold, former State Legislator and international human rights activist

Johnny N. Mata, The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice

 

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