Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Justice for Janitors? Yes, but only after hoofprints.

Justice for Janitors in Houston has just won a contract for 5,300 workers that will more than double their incomes and provide health care. As part of the strike that won them this contract, non-violent strikers were trampled by horses and arrested and held at over $800,000 bail each (the bail was eventually reduced by a magistrate judge to a more-reasonable $1,000 per striker, though even that sum is very expensive for impoverished minimum-wage workers).

The labor movement is creating the lasting images of struggle and triumph for our generation. We working people will continue to stand up and demand equality, justice, and fair treatment. And we will get it.

If only someone could unionize the horses--then they would refuse to trample strikers.


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