Houston religious leaders support janitor¿s walkout

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About 50 religious and community leaders got together to talk about poverty in Houston and low wages that contribute to poor standards of living.

Houston Interfaith Worker Justice, Archdiocese Galveston-Houston, Houston Peace & Justice Center and Service Employees International Union Local 1, organized the event.

Their meeting came one day after as many as 100 janitors walked off their jobs at Greenway Plaza.

And now, Houston businesses face a rolling walkout by members of the Service Employees International Union.

'We are in support of helping and assisting the janitors in any way possible, but not janitors only but workers all over that are working for minimum wage or less.  All we are asking for is to be fairly treated,' said Pastor Max Miller of Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church.

The 3,200 or so Houston janitors belonging to the union voted to strike over alleged threats from janitorial contractors for some of the world`s largest corporations.

The union is in contract talks with such big guns as ExxonMobil, CenterPoint Energy, and Reliant, hoping to increase wages that, right now, are less than 9-thousand dollars a year.

As with a lot of low-pay, and so-called low-priority jobs, you notice real quickly when people stop doing them.

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