Because if janitors get healthcare, then the terrorists win
Last night, Houston police used horses to break up a peaceful demonstration by unionized janitors, who on average, make $5.35/hr and have no health care. You know, if the Houston police were civilized they would have tasered them. One janitor described the scene thusly:
The horses came all of a sudden. They started jumping on top of people. I heard the women screaming. A horse stomped on top of me. I fell to the ground and hurt my arm. The horses just kept coming at us. I was terrified. I never thought the police would do something so aggressive, so violent.
Here’s some of the available footage:
SEIU president Tom Balanoff said:
Houston has to make a decision whether they are going to use their power to grind workers deeper into poverty or use their power to lift workers out of poverty.
I’ve said this before: there is no ‘natural law’ of wages. Workers are paid what they can force employers to pay. We won’t fix this economy until we strengthen wages–just how much more personal debt can we realistically float? How much more working poverty can our social services support? Why are our tax dollars for social services being used to subsidize Chevron’s and the Hines Interest Group’s shitty wages? Pay a living wage.