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After Contract Talks Breakdown…
Janitors ask Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to “Walk a Day” in working Houstonians’ shoes
Houston| Days after JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made a statement on Meet the Press saying “I am my brother’s keeper,” hundreds of Houston janitors, whose contract expires on May 31st, are asking the bank’s CEO to live up to his statement by walking a day in their shoes and supporting good jobs for Houston.
Houston janitors clean the offices of some of the richest corporations in the world, including JP Morgan Chase, Marathon Oil, KBR, Shell Oil, Continental, Chevron, and Exxon Mobile. Last week, janitors and and some of the nation’s largest cleaning contractors reached impasse during contract talks, with both parties walking away from the table with no future bargaining dates set.
Houston’s commercial real estate market is currently the healthiest in the country, yet the 3,200 janitors who clean Houston’s office buildings are paid less than $9,000 a year—less than half the poverty level.
Houston is the country’s #1 millionaire city, yet it has one of the highest poverty rates in the US, with more than 825,000 Houstonians living in poverty. At their current wages, janitors qualify for most types of public assistance. These low wage jobs contribute to the rising levels of poverty and food insecurity in Houston.
WHAT: Days before their contract expires, Houston janitors and community members will drop off hundreds of work shoes in front of JP Morgan Chase Tower. They will hold up signs asking Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon, to walk a day in their shoes and support good jobs in Houston.
WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 JP Morgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street, Houston
WHO: Hundreds of Houston janitors, family members, and community supporters
VISUALS: 150 janitors chanting and dropping off hundreds of worker shoes,
Large signs and banners