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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. In case you missed this one, join the many other actions happening today and tomorrow, from the “Resist Trump’s Agenda in Minnesota March” to the “Women’s March Minnesota“. See you in the streets! Hours before Donald Trump’s Inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, retail janitors organizing with CTUL who […]

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STRIKE / HUELGA! January 20, 2017 – Inauguration Day – Now more than ever it is time to act… On January 20, Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, janitors who clean Home Depot stores in the Twin Cities will go 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 two founders of Home Depot have donated millions of dollars to Trump and one of Home Depot’s major investors supports Trump. Home Depot uses the Trump model of business for its janitorial services: […]

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11.29.16 #Fightfor15 Over 1,000 workers and community allies poured out to the streets for multiple protests on November 29, 2016 calling for $15 and union rights. Some initial press coverage (click here for more press coverage of the day): “Workers block Nicollet Av. to push for $15 an hour; 21 arrested,” Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, Nov. 29. “Twin Cities Workers Join Nationwide Day of Disruption,” Ashley Cole, Fox 9 News, Nov. 29. FAST FOOD STRIKE: 5:30-7:00am Over 300 people joined an early morning action with striking fast food workers at the McDonald’s on 24th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis, where […]

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After Day of Action, CTUL Calls On Kohl’s To Meet With The Workers Who Clean Their Stores And Apologize For The Violent Behavior Of Mall Security Peaceful protesters assaulted while singing Christmas carols in Eden Prairie Mall. Retail janitors and their community allies walked through the Eden Prairie Mall on Nov. 29 to call on Kohl’s to implement a Responsible Contractor Policy. Retail janitors and community allies showed up to the mall in the Christmas spirit wearing Santa hats, singing Christmas carols with  lyrics that included their asks, and even “Santa Claus!” The holiday spirit quickly melted away when the mall […]

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 A DAY OF RESISTANCE FOR $15 AND UNION RIGHTS The time is now! Workers from 10 different industries representing around a quarter of the entire workforce in the Twin Cities metro area unite in the #Fightfor15, calling on corporations and elected officials to ensure that $15 for families becomes a reality in Minneapolis and in all of Minnesota. Highlights include: 5:30-7:00am, Fast Food Workers Strike, McDonald’s at 2400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. Last year Teresa Benson, a Minneapolis fast food worker and CTUL leader in the #Fightfor15, passed away. Despite working at McDonald’s for years, Teresa was homeless, had no […]

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Job Opening: CTUL Coordinator of the Raise Workers’ Voices Campaign   Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) is seeking applications for a full-time, two-year position as Coordinator of the Raise Workers’ Voices Campaign. This position will own the work of organizing individual donors, labor partners, and foundations to raise approximately $1.5 million in two years to take CTUL’s work to the next level. Click here for more information.