HOW HOUSTON JANITORS GOT 25 CENTS A YEAR

At In These Times:

After a dispute that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) called a threat to the future of the Houston janitors’ union, workers have ended their month-long strike with a deal for a new four-year union contract. The agreement, which includes concessions from both sides, calls for annual 25-cent hourly wage increases and the maintenance of workers’ current healthcare plan. It will tweak, but not transform, the stark reality that SEIU highlighted in its campaign: In the “Millionaire City,” cleaning the offices of the nation’s top banks and oil companies is a poverty-wage job.

“It’s a start in the right direction,” said Alice McAfee, a janitor of 30 years, of the deal.

Here it is.

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