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Bonifacio Salinas, CTUL member, works for Diversified Maintenance Systems cleaning a Target store

“I work for Diversified cleaning the Target store in Downtown Minneapolis. I have always said that if we want to make things better, we need to stand up and fight for them. That’s what I have been doing here with my coworkers, demanding the right to organize without fear of retaliation. That’s why I went on strike and that’s why I wanted to go to Target’s annual shareholder meeting. I was the first person in line when I found out we had the opportunity to go to the shareholder meeting, and I was the one that got to ask the CEO a question. I asked him if he shared our vision that workers who work for contracted companies cleaning his stores should have fair wages, safe and healthy workplaces, and the right to organize without fear of retaliation. He said he did. He said we could meet with a team from Target to discuss this further.
I think the impact of our strike this time was huge. We got a meeting with Target! I know it’s not over yet, but I think this shows that if we fight together, we can win.