Danny Glover to Visit Houston, Meet with Janitors Making Poverty Wages and Bring Together Coalition of Faith and Civil Rights Leaders
'Lethal Weapon' Star Expected to Call Upon Houston Leaders to do Better by Janitors
HOUSTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by SEIU:
This Sunday, civil rights activist and famed actor Danny Glover will visit Houston to meet with a delegation of janitors who clean some of the city's most exclusive real estate – including buildings owned by JP Morgan Chase, Exxon and Shell – but make just $9,000 annually. For the past month, 3,400 Houston janitors have continued to work without a contract as employers have offered the workers a meager 50 cent raise, phased in over five years.
Glover, a noted actor and social activist, will meet privately with janitors on Sunday afternoon and followed by a press conference with Civil Rights and Faith leaders at the Third Ward Multi-Services Center (3611 Ennis Street, Houston, TX 77004) at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday. Individual interviews available on request, time permitting.
Houston has been named the nation's "#1Millionaire City" for annual growth in millionaires. Last year, the city's 15 largest employers reaped more than $178 billion in profits – more than 50% increase over the previous year. Despite this, Texas is tied with Mississippi for the highest proportion of minimum wage jobs in the nation. In the wake of huge profit margins, working Houstonians' wages have remained stagnant or fallen behind – in fact, one in five people working in Houston, cooks, cashiers, janitors, baggage porters and security guards, make less than $10 per hour.
DETAILS of SUNDAY'S EVENT
WHAT: Press Conference with Danny Glover, Janitors, Civil Rights and Faith Leaders
WHERE: Third Ward Multi-Services Center, 3611 Ennis Street, Houston, TX
WHEN: Sunday, July 1 at 2:00 P.M.
SOURCE Service Employees International Union