Houston janitor’s battle makes glam mag news

Ercilia Munoz Sandoval, a Houston janitor, was nominated for Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year award. She is one of 5,300 office building janitors fighting for better work conditions and benefits. From the Glamour magazine site:

Nominated by Amber Goodwin: “Ercilia Sandoval is my hero. I work for the Justice for Janitors Campaign in Houston, and Ercilia is a janitor at an office building. Along with thousands of her coworkers (predominately women), Ercilia worked all of last year to form a union with SEIU, and is now in the midst of a contract campaign with her employers. Ercilia and the other 8,000 office-building janitors in Houston make $5.15 an hour for part-time work, with no benefits and no health care. Health care is important to all of us, but especially to Ercilia, who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago and is the mother of two children. She still fights on a day-to-day basis to help her coworkers so that they can win their contract and make Houston a better place for all working people. Please check out her story at www.houstonjanitors.org.”

Janitors across Houston may start striking today if negotiations with Houston-area cleaning companies don’t lead to a contract.

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