Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez shared a special breakfast in Houston this morning with janitors, fast food, domestic and restaurant workers as part of a five city tour in advance of Labor Day. The breakfast was held at the private Northside Houston residence of SEIU Texas member and Houston janitor Austraberta Rodriguez.
As the group shared a meal, janitors, fast food, domestic and restaurant workers also shared stories of their daily struggles to survive and raise families on low wages.
"It shouldn't have to take two strikes to receive respect and dignity," said Rodriguez, who's been a janitor for more than 30 years. "Before my co-workers and I went on strike in 2005 to form our union and stand up for good jobs, I didn't know what it was like to take to take a day off with pay. Everyone who works hard deserves to be able to feed a family and put money in the gas tank."