Retail Janitors Strike against Trump and Poverty Wages
“We are trying to put a stop to the poverty wages…Donald Trump, he supports these low wages and he has said that he doesn’t think workers deserve better wages,” Luciano Balbuena,CTUL member and striking retail janitor, quoted in the New York Times this morning.
Check out this interview by Sarah Jaffe of CTUL member Luciano Balbuena and CTUL Co-Director Veronica Mendez Moore. The transcript of this interview has been covered by Bill Moyers, In These Times, TruthOut, and The Baffler
“Immigrant Workers Are Already Fighting Back Against Trump,” Michelle Chen, The Nation, January 23, 2017
Hours before Donald Trump’s Inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, retail janitors organizing with CTUL who are contracted to clean more than a dozen Home Depot and other stores in the Twin Cities went out on strike against their cleaning contractor to protest their poverty wages and Donald Trump’s anti-worker agenda – the first strike against Donald Trump in the country since his election. The workers and supporters numbered hundreds as they picketed outside of the Home Depot at the Quarry in Northeast Minneapolis, chanting and holding a giant banner that says “On Strike Against Trump and Poverty Wages.”
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Press Coverage (click here for complete coverage):
- “The Resistance Begins,” Sarah Jaffe, New York Times, January 20, 2017
- “Strikes by Janitors and Dining Hall Workers Inaugurate Trump Era,” Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes, January 20, 2017,
- “Protests Over Trump Inauguration Begin in Minneapolis,” WCCO, CBS Minnesota, January 20, 2017
- “Strikers, allies pledge ‘new resistance’ as Trump takes office,” Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota, January 20, 2017
Many other powerful actions protesting the inauguration happened after the strike, including the “Resist Trump’s Agenda in Minnesota March” and the “Women’s March Minnesota“. And more actions to come!!