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After five weeks on strike, Houston janitors have won a 12 percent pay increase—a win for the union that shouldn’t be discounted. Yet the pay raise still leaves the people cleaning the offices of billionaires (think Exxon and Shell) without a living wage. Nation writer Greg Kaufmann went on The Matthew Filipowicz Show to discuss what the outcome of the janitor’s strike means for the labor movement, as well as the astoundingly under-reported news that Pennsylvania has quietly taken some 91,000 children off of Medicaid.
Follow these and other stories with Kaufmann’s This Week in Poverty column.