The fight against Felipe Serna and wage theft in Houston // La Lucha Contra Felipe Serna y el Robo de Salarios en Houston

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Houston IWW marching on the boss to demand the return of stolen wages

The Houston IWW is engaged in a fight with a local contractor, Felipe Serna, responsible for wage theft of three former employees: Hector, Pancho, and Mauricio.  These three men were hired by Felipe Serna in May of 2015 for the remodeling of a house in Sweeny, Texas.  They were offered $150/day each for their services and provided room and board at the house.  Several days in Serna decides $150 is too much and instead wants to pay them $100/day instead.  The men held their ground, stating $150 was the agreed upon wage, and Serna backed off.

While at work one day, Serna tells the men he is letting them go.  The men ask for payment for the previous three days of labor and Serna refuses, accusing them of stealing equipment.  To add insult to injury, Hector, Pancho, and Mauricio weren’t driven back to Houston, but told to make their own way.  It cost them $100 total for them to get transportation back to the city. Continue reading