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Santos Rodriguez, CTUL member, workers for Diversified Maintenance Systems cleaning a K-Mart store

I have been in the U.S. for 15 years. I have worked in cleaning  for 15 years ever since I arrived. I came here from Mexico seeking opportunities , because there were no jobs that would pay me enough to survive. Now that I am here. I want to buy a house and have a stable life. I want to know that I have security here when I get old.

I work at Diversified Maintenance Systems cleaning a Kmart store and my wages are terrible. I have to have two jobs to survive, and even still I have to pay my rent with one check and wait until the next to pay my bills and food. I have no health insurance or any savings. I am really worried about what will happen as I get older. Even though I am healthy now, I know I won’t be forever.

That’s why I have decided that I need to be a leader in this fight for fair wages and working conditions. Being a part of this makes me proud. I know that if we all join together we can win this!