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CTUL receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 20, 2018, CTUL will receive the 2018 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, presented

by Jobs with Justice in recognition of our work to transform the retail janitorial industry in the

Twin Cities metro area. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison will present CTUL members with

the award in Washington D.C.

We are honored to receive an award given in the memory of Eleanor Roosevelt, a tireless

advocate for the rights of workers, who was one of the driving forces that moved the 1948

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that “Everyone who works has the

right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence

worthy of human dignity.”  Unfortunately, her dream of universal human rights is far from a

reality, and it is up to us to continue the fight.

Over the last decade, CTUL has been fighting to make the Twin Cities metro area a place where

workers can live and work with dignity, a place that’s more equitable and just for everyone,

and where everyone has the opportunity to live their best lives.

However, in today’s economy, the wealthiest 0.1% have placed the burdens and risks of the economy

on poor and marginalized communities. The wealthiest 15 companies in Minnesota have accumulated

over $1 trillion in assets. If one were to take just 10% of that wealth, one could double to wages of

every single minimum wage worker in the state of Minnesota for 20 years.

This has very real and violent consequences on our lives. Some of these consequences are immediate,

such as the thousands of non-union construction workers who are hurt in horrific workplace accidents

due to the negligence of subcontracted companies that are trying to cut corners in order to win bids on

multi-million dollar projects. While developers walk away with millions in profits, injured workers are

thrown out like old and broken tools. Similar chains of profit at the cost of severe exploitation can be seen

in many other low-wage

industries. Other consequences play out over decades. The constant drip of poverty and exploitation means

that the poorest Minnesotans live on average 8 years less than the wealthiest Minnesotans.

When people from marginalized communities begin to view themselves as leaders, and when they make the

connection between their every day working conditions and the 0.1% who run the economy, change is inevitable.

Through the success of the retail janitorial campaign, we estimate that an additional $5.6 million per year is shifted

from the 0.1% and is invested in the poorest communities in the Twin Cities metro area. But this is not enough.

We invite you to join us in continuing the build the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, where we all enjoy the right to

basic human dignity. This will not happen without a powerful movement led by marginalized communities that

focuses attention on the 0.1% who drive the economy. We need to demand a place at the table in deciding not just

working conditions, but ultimately in deciding how our economy works.

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Job Opening: Ally and Logistics Organizer

CTUL seeks to hire an Ally and Logistics Organizer to build and maintain a base of allies who organize in solidarity with worker-led campaigns in addition to logistically supporting events and actions. Please submit a resume and cover letter by EXTENDED: May 31, 2018.

 

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CTUL PANCAKE BRUNCH

Join us for pancakes, solidarity and fun on Sunday, March 11. Hear exciting updates on the many victories that were won over the past year through deep leadership development with low-wage workers in the Twin Cities metro area. This Pancake Brunch will launch us into the second year of our Raise Worker Voice Campaign, with the goal of raising $1.65 million in two years to take our organizing to the next level. Click here to buy your ticket, and we will see you there! 

CTUL 7th Annual Pancake Brunch

3715 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

March 11, 2018

Doors Open: 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

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MN Corporations raise over $50 million for the Super Bowl, and claim poverty when it comes to living wages for working families

This morning, Feb. 8, at 9am there was a hearing in the ongoing corporate lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis regarding the $15 ordinance. Destinee Bingham, a Minneapolis Burger King employee and leader with CTUL who has been organizing for better wages and working conditions, shared the frustration that working people are feeling knowing that corporate lobbyists are working to stop the $15 min wage they fought so hard to win – “It’s disgusting that corporations can afford to raise $53 million dollars for partying and entertaining their rich friends over the last couple of weeks alone during the Super Bowl, but claim that they can’t afford to pay living wages for their workers.”

Click here for CTUL’s Statement on the ongoing lawsuit

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Reports on Super Bowl Week of Action

Why Activists Protested the Super Bowl 2018 in Minneapolis,” Britni de la Cretaz, Teen Vogue, February 5, 2018

“'(People) don’t really pay attention when we talk, but with protests for the last week a lot of people have been looking and recording and… you can see they recognize that it’s something we are passionate about,’ says CTUL’s [Cardell] McKizzie. The protests are about ‘getting heard, being seen.'”

Hot Protest in an Ice-Cold Super Bowl City,” Dave Zirin, The Nation, February 1, 2018.  

As Veronica Mendez Moore from the Twin Cities Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha (CTUL) said to me, ‘It’s not about being anti-football. It’s about being against a corporate party that’s extracting from our communities and creating an environment of militarization, while increasing wealth at the top at expense of those at the bottom.’

The Pre-Game: Our Lives Over Their Games – Jan 29

The Week of Action started out powerfully with 500 people marching to the Super Bowl launch party at the Excel Center. Here are some of the highlights of press coverage:

Click here for complete list of press coverage

Super Bowl Protest: Tackle Corporate Greed – Feb. 2

Over 250 people braved the cold in this action with CTUL and Navigate, calling on Home Depot to support a Responsible Contractor Policy in the contracted cleaning of its stores, and to support a clean DACA bill. Check out video footage of the action on WorkDay Minnesota and Unicorn Riot

Super Bowl Breakfast: Support $15 and Workers’ Rights

Photo by Chris Juhn taken for MPR News

The same corporations that fought to keep thousands of working families in poverty by fighting against Earned Sick & Safe Time and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis and St. Paul sponsored an elite $2,500 per table event to honor community service and personal integrity in the NFL. Over 200 workers and community allies showed up to call on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Super Bowl Host Committee to support $15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and support sufficient funding for enforcement. Check out this video by WorkDay Minnesota of the action outside, as well as a video from the action on the inside.

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Week of Action: 1/29-2/4

The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in a couple of weeks. Millions of OUR taxpayer dollars are being poured into this 10 day long elite party around the Superbowl in which corporations will benefit and working class people of color will continue to experience over-policing, wage theft and regressive immigration policy. 

Join us for actions on Jan. 29, Feb. 2 & 3 (see below)

Make a donation to support the actions

Pre Press Coverage:

Launch of the Week of Action:

Monday, January 29, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, at Hamm Plaza 1 Ecolab Place, St. Paul, we are kicking off a week of actions. This is the first major public event of the Super Bowl week – join us for a march & rally to demand that the NFL billionaires listen to our voices & to kick off a powerful week of resistance!

Action at Home Depot:

Friday, February 2, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at The Home Depot, 1520 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, we are calling on the Home Depot, as a major corporation that benefits from low-wage and immigrant workers and customers, to make a public commitment to:

  • Adopt a Responsible Contractor Policy for the cleaning of The Home -Depot’s stores in the Twin Cities,
  • Support the renewal of DACA,
  • Support a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the thousands of undocumented workers and taxpayers in our country,
  • Oppose additional funds going to ICE enforcement, detention centers, or border walls,
  • Cut any current contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol.

$15 and an End to Wage Theft in the Twin Cities:

Saturday, February 3 from 7 am to 9 am at the Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, we are calling on The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and Chamber of Commerce to:

  • Create a $500K bond to be administered by the Minneapolis Departments of Civil Rights to cover any unpaid wages for workers who work supporting the Super Bowl and whose employers commit wage theft and are unresponsive. 
  • Publicly and privately support a $15 minimum wage in St. Paul with no tip penalty or carve-outs and a robust enforcement budget and mechanism to ensure that workers receive the $15 minimum wage they’re fighting for.
  • Publicly and privately support policy to create a long-term robust enforcement budget and mechanism in Minneapolis to ensure workers receive the wages and rights they fought for and won!

Your solidarity and presence will show the Super Bowl Host Committee and powerful corporations what the people want. You can also contribute to our efforts by making a donation

Click here for a complete list of actions this week.

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Forum on Enforcement of $15, ESST Brings Together Workers, Elected Officials & National Experts

It was a packed house today at CTUL as we held a community forum about the need for strategic enforcement and community partnerships to ensure that the benefits of the ordinances for $15 and ESST in the Twin Cities reach the most vulnerable communities. 

Click here for a press release with more details on the forum

Click here for CTUL’s Facebook page to see a video of the forum