NEW: Video from Labor Education Services:
What a day! Hundreds of workers and community allies made it through the freezing cold for four and a half hours on a picket line with striking retail janitors this morning. Click here for pictures from the picket.
NEW: Video from MN2020
Right after the picket, striking janitors joined low-wage workers (Walmart workers, meatpacking workers, airport workers and more) from across the state in the March to End Poverty Wages in Minnesota. At the end of the march, over two dozen marchers participated in an act of non-violent civil disobedience, calling attention to the need for living wages. Leroy, who works for Diversified Maintenance Systems cleaning a Target store, was one of the participants in CT (red shirt on the left). Click here for pictures.
- “26 Arrested as Workers Continue to Call for Better Wages in St. Paul, Minneapolis,” 11/29, Cassie Hart, Channel 5 Eye Witness News
- “26 arrested in St. Paul protest,” 11/29, Paul Walsh, Star Tribune
Retail janitors who work for contracted companies cleaning Target and other stores in the Twin Cities are organizing for fair wages and fair working conditions. Over the past ten years, workers have seen their wages drop significantly, while workload has nearly doubled. Through three years of organizing, workers have won important changes, including the first raises after a decade of declining wages. Yet workers are still paid poverty wages, and many workers have reported ongoing harassment for their organizing efforts. On Black Friday, retail janitors across the Twin Cities metro area walked out on strike, demanding the right to organize without fear of retaliation.
For more information, click the links on the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, and check out this powerful editorial from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison in the Huffington Post explaining why he stands with retail janitors in the call for justice: ”Workers in Minnesota Fight to Survive,” 10/11/13