Any strike is hard, and any time that workers vote to go on strike it’s scary for them—it’s a huge sacrifice with a lot of unknowns. The resilience these workers showed—we didn’t lose people, people knew they had to see this through—they took incredible risks every day just being out on the streets, and they never questioned it. It was a struggle for better wages, and a better future for their kids. But it also became an example for Houstonians.
Emily Heath, organizing director for SEIU Local 1
Last Week, more than 3,200 janitors in Houston called an end to their five-week strike, having managed to negotiate an increase to $9.35 an hour over four years.