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ACTION WITH RETAIL JANITORS!

Sunday, Sept. 28, 1-3pm

Meet at CTUL offices (2511 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, inside Bethany Lutheran Church)

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After several years of organizing for fair wages and working conditions in contracted retail cleaning, Target is beginning to implement an historic Responsible Contractor Policy, ensuring workers rights to organize a union without fear of retaliation. While this is an important victory for retail janitors and CTUL, there are still hundreds of janitors in the Twin Cities metro area who are not covered by the policy, meaning workers face the status quo of poverty wages, ongoing reports of wage theft and dangerous working conditions, etc. Check out this article that was just published in City Pages about allegations of wage theft at KBS sub-contracted companies involving the cleaning of Marshall’s, TJ Maxx and other stores.

Join workers and CTUL as we continue to call on retail stores like Kohls and Best Buy to follow Target’s leadership by implementing the same policy for the contracted cleaning of their stores. 

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9/4 TC Fast Food Strike Report

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What an incredible day! Fast food workers across the country are rising, demanding fair wages and working conditions. Click here for a full report on the fast food strike here in the Twin Cities organized by CTUL, including photos, press coverage, videos and more…

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TWIN CITIES FAST FOOD WORKERS JOIN NATIONAL STRIKES

Stand with striking workers: September 4, 2014

5:30-7:00am Meet in Target parking lot of The Quarry in NE Mpls (1650 New Brighton Blvd)

12:00-1:30pm Action. Meet outside of the Uptown Library (Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave)

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Eneida Jaimes, McDonald’s worker: “I am fighting for my daughters’ futures. I want them to be able to go to college, and for that I need to be paid more than poverty wages” 

Darnell Nea, Burger King worker: “I am standing up because our working conditions are so bad. The kitchen I work in is too hot and we deserve air conditioning so we can work without getting so tired.”

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Inspired by local retail janitors and national fast food workers who are standing up for justice, fast food workers in the Twin Cities are organizing with CTUL for $15/hour and the right to organize without fear of retaliation. On Sept. 4 Twin Cities fast food workers will join a national strike with thousands of workers around the country. Join us for the actions!

  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 – 6-8pm CTUL Ally Meeting to prepare for action (2511 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN)
  • Thursday, Sept. 4
    • 5:30-7:00am Action. Meet in Target parking lot of The Quarry in NE Mpls (1650 New Brighton Blvd). We will march to a nearby fast food restaurant.
    • 12:00-1:30pm Action. Meet outside of the Uptown Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis). We will march to a nearby fast food restaurant.

We still need a number of people to fill in roles of driving, marshaling, etc. There will be activities all day long from 5:30am – 3:00pm. Contact Brian Payne from CTUL at brian@ctul.net to ask about activities outside of the two main ones listed below, and to sign up for a role.

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WORKERS ON THE RISE!

September 1, 2014 – (The Other) Labor Day

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CTUL Members at the annual Labor Day Picnic with Rep. Keith Ellison
 

Sick and tired of the ever-increasing division of wealth in the U.S., low-wage workers across the country are standing up and fighting back. From tomato pickers in Immokalee to guestworkers at the Hersey’s factory and beyond  to Walmart workers to fast food workers to retail janitors in the Twin Cities, workers are taking a stand, and winning real change. Here in the Twin Cities, retail janitors with CTUL are continuing the fight, building on the recent victory with Target Corporation creating a new Responsible Contractor Policy.

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Last week, workers led delegations to the four largest retail janitorial companies in the Twin Cities calling on the companies to meet with workers. Now, fast food workers in the Twin Cities are joining CTUL in the Fight for $15! Join workers in the first Fast Food Strike in the Twin Cities, Thursday, September 4, actions at 5:30am and noon. Locations and more details to come…

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Delegations to Stores 7/29/14

Upcoming Actions TBA Soon!

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Around 20 retail janitors and community allies led delegations to deliver letters to the managers of three stores in the metro area: Marshalls, Kohls and Sears. The delegations followed up on a letter CTUL sent to the corporate headquarters of 20 major retail chains that have stores in the Twin Cities, calling on the companies to follow the leadership of Target Corporation by adopting the same Responsible Contractor Policy that Target will be using with new cleaning contractors at their stores.

Two workers who worked for contracted companies cleaning Marshalls stores recently approached CTUL with claims of up to $2,500 in unpaid wages. Marshalls stores in the Twin Cities contract Kellermeyer Bergenson’s Services (KBS), which in turn sub-contracts to other cleaning companies. This most recent report of wage theft does not appear to be an isolated incident; in fact, in just the last year, CTUL has been approached by employees of 5 different KBS sub-contractors in 15 separate incidents involving 24 workers who complained that they were not paid their full wages.  The delegation to the Marshalls store requested that the manager contact the parent company of Marshalls (TJX Companies) and KBS to inform them of the most recent complaints.

Click here for more on the delegations

Stay Tuned for more actions TBA…

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3rd Annual CTUL Gala & Silent Auction

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The Gala was a huge success, packing the third floor of Plaza Verde with worker members, allies, delicious food, and much more. Click here to see some of the pictures from the Gala.

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VICTORY! ¡VICTORIA!

Complete list of media coverage

Videos from the Victory Announcement

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CTUL Victory Block Party, Saturday, June 14, 1-4pm, corner of 25th Ave. & Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) has just won a huge victory with sub-contracted janitors who clean retail stores in the Twin Cities metro area. Here are some highlights after a whirlwind of celebrations:

Photos and Report from Victory Press Conference

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Press Highlights (click here for all coverage)

“The janitors who clean Twin Cities Target stores announced victory today, after the retailer agreed to a new policy that will give the workers better conditions, including the right to collectively bargain, and ensure workers are not forced to work seven days a week.”

“…a strong core of leaders in the industry, who have gone on three strikes…that’s the mechanism of enforcement.”

Background:

After four years of organizing including leading three strikes against cleaning companies in 2013, and a year of dialogue between Target Corporation, CTUL and retail janitors, Target is taking a leadership role in the industry by adopting new language in an unprecedented Responsible Contractor Policy that will be implemented for new cleaning contracts at their stores. The policy is the first of its kind nationally in the industry. CTUL is now calling on every other major retail stores to follow Target’s leadership by adopting the same Responsible Contractor Policy, including:

  1. Protecting and ensuring workers’ rights to collectively bargain with their employers;
  2. Ensuring that workers have the right to form safety committees in the workplace made up of at least 50% workers who are designated by their co-workers; and
  3. Ensuring that workers are not forced to work seven days a week.

This victory paves the way for workers to gain fair wages, benefits, and a voice in the workplace, and has implications that move well beyond the estimated 1,000 retail janitors in the Twin Cities, opening the door to ensure that low-wage workers of color have a place at the table in deciding the future of work. Fundamentally this is part of CTUL’s vision of empowering low-wage workers to play a leadership role in reorganizing the economy to ensure that it works for everyone, not just the 1%.

Join us in celebrating this tremendous and unprecedented victory, and in calling on other Big Box stores to follow Target’s leadership!

CTUL Victory Block Party, Saturday, June 14, 1-4pm, corner of 25th Ave. & Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis

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And in case you missed the reports of previous actions…

RETAIL JANITORS STRIKE BLACK FRIDAY!

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.

March to End Poverty Wages in MN

NEW: Video from MN2020

In case you missed the previous two strikes, check out the pictures and reports here:

July 2013 Strike Report

February 2013 Strike Report