Friday, October 6, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm
CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave. S.
We have an amazing year of victories to celebrate — $15 in Minneapolis, paid sick days in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a landmark union victory for retail janitors who developed their leadership with CTUL. And we will look back on a decade of building worker power as we prepare to take the movement for low-wage worker justice to the next level in the coming months. Click here to donate now.
Event will feature:
- Heavy appetizers and cash bar
- Auction of select pieces from the General Strike! art show currently on display at CTUL
- Photo booth
- Unveiling of the Twin Cities Worker Solidarity Mural
- Meet-and-greet with workers in the first cohort of our new Leadership Institute
CTUL Gala Background
The past 12 months has been CTUL’s biggest year yet. We have taken the fight for low-wage worker justice to the streets, to the corporate board rooms, and to City Hall, and won groundbreaking victories that will be celebrated at this year’s Gala, including:
- Retail Janitors Win A Union! Building on our 6-year Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, retail janitors who are members of CTUL won a union for themselves and hundreds of other Twin Cities retail janitors in October 2016. These brave worker-leaders are the first in the nation to unionize in their industry!
- Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis and St. Paul! This summer workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul celebrated as Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinances went into effect in both cities starting July 1, 2017. CTUL‘s low-wage worker leaders played key roles in winning paid sick days in both cities and will be collaborating with city staff on worker-centered enforcement to assure that all workers can exercise their right to paid sick days.
- $15 in Minneapolis! Thanks to the leadership of CTUL members and many other community, faith-based and worker organizations that are committed to the fight for economic and racial justice, Minneapolis has become the first Midwestern city to commit to a $15 minimum wage! Wage increases will begin January 1st 2018, and as with sick days CTUL members will be on the front lines of assuring citywide enforcement. Next up: $15 in St. Paul!
Our 10 Year Anniversary Gala celebration is also an opportunity to look back on our cumulative accomplishments since CTUL’s beginnings as a program of Workers Interfaith Network in 2007. In 10 years we have:
- Supported low-wage workers in recovering more than $2 million in stolen wages and damages.
- Won lasting changes in dozens of workplaces throughout the metro area, including ending systemic wage theft practices and winning raises that bring an estimated $7 million annually in additional income into the poorest communities in our region
- Developed the leadership of hundreds low wage workers, primarily immigrant workers and workers of color, who are taking on leadership roles in their workplaces and communities.
But this first 10 years is just the beginning. We are in the midst of a strategic planning process to take our work to the next level, going beyond organizing one industry or winning individual policy victories so we can establish a powerful, ongoing voice for low-wage workers in the Minnesota economy. We are calling this shift the Raise Worker Voice Campaign. As an important foundational step for this new stage of CTUL’s work we are launching the Leadership Institute, which is equipping immigrant workers and workers of color with the full range of skills they need to organize full-time for racial and economic justice. Join us October 6th at our 10th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser to meet participants from the first cohort of the Leadership Institute and learn more about our plans to scale up CTUL’s impact in 2018!
This year’s Gala will take place at CTUL’s center for worker and community organizing, 3715 Chicago Ave in Minneapolis, from 5:30 to 9:00 on Friday October 6th. In addition to a short presentation on the past year and a preview of what’s next, the Gala will feature music, food and drinks, the debut of our new Twin Cities Worker Solidarity Mural, and the closing of General Strike!, CTUL’s first gallery show, which includes the justice-focused work of both local and national artists. Come early to place a bid and take home one of these powerful, inspiring works of art.
Come see what you’ve made possible with your past support for CTUL, as well as the bigger and bolder things we have in store for the future!