CTUL receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

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CTUL receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 20, 2018, CTUL will receive the 2018 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, presented

by Jobs with Justice in recognition of our work to transform the retail janitorial industry in the

Twin Cities metro area. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison will present CTUL members with

the award in Washington D.C.

We are honored to receive an award given in the memory of Eleanor Roosevelt, a tireless

advocate for the rights of workers, who was one of the driving forces that moved the 1948

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that “Everyone who works has the

right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence

worthy of human dignity.”  Unfortunately, her dream of universal human rights is far from a

reality, and it is up to us to continue the fight.

Over the last decade, CTUL has been fighting to make the Twin Cities metro area a place where

workers can live and work with dignity, a place that’s more equitable and just for everyone,

and where everyone has the opportunity to live their best lives.

However, in today’s economy, the wealthiest 0.1% have placed the burdens and risks of the economy

on poor and marginalized communities. The wealthiest 15 companies in Minnesota have accumulated

over $1 trillion in assets. If one were to take just 10% of that wealth, one could double to wages of

every single minimum wage worker in the state of Minnesota for 20 years.

This has very real and violent consequences on our lives. Some of these consequences are immediate,

such as the thousands of non-union construction workers who are hurt in horrific workplace accidents

due to the negligence of subcontracted companies that are trying to cut corners in order to win bids on

multi-million dollar projects. While developers walk away with millions in profits, injured workers are

thrown out like old and broken tools. Similar chains of profit at the cost of severe exploitation can be seen

in many other low-wage

industries. Other consequences play out over decades. The constant drip of poverty and exploitation means

that the poorest Minnesotans live on average 8 years less than the wealthiest Minnesotans.

When people from marginalized communities begin to view themselves as leaders, and when they make the

connection between their every day working conditions and the 0.1% who run the economy, change is inevitable.

Through the success of the retail janitorial campaign, we estimate that an additional $5.6 million per year is shifted

from the 0.1% and is invested in the poorest communities in the Twin Cities metro area. But this is not enough.

We invite you to join us in continuing the build the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, where we all enjoy the right to

basic human dignity. This will not happen without a powerful movement led by marginalized communities that

focuses attention on the 0.1% who drive the economy. We need to demand a place at the table in deciding not just

working conditions, but ultimately in deciding how our economy works.

CTUL Statement on 2/8 Court Hearing Re: $15

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MN Corporations raise over $50 million for the Super Bowl, and claim poverty when it comes to living wages for working families

This morning, Feb. 8, at 9am there was a hearing in the ongoing corporate lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis regarding the $15 ordinance. Destinee Bingham, a Minneapolis Burger King employee and leader with CTUL who has been organizing for better wages and working conditions, shared the frustration that working people are feeling knowing that corporate lobbyists are working to stop the $15 min wage they fought so hard to win – “It’s disgusting that corporations can afford to raise $53 million dollars for partying and entertaining their rich friends over the last couple of weeks alone during the Super Bowl, but claim that they can’t afford to pay living wages for their workers.”

Click here for CTUL’s Statement on the ongoing lawsuit

Week of Action: Reports

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Reports on Super Bowl Week of Action

Why Activists Protested the Super Bowl 2018 in Minneapolis,” Britni de la Cretaz, Teen Vogue, February 5, 2018

“'(People) don’t really pay attention when we talk, but with protests for the last week a lot of people have been looking and recording and… you can see they recognize that it’s something we are passionate about,’ says CTUL’s [Cardell] McKizzie. The protests are about ‘getting heard, being seen.'”

Hot Protest in an Ice-Cold Super Bowl City,” Dave Zirin, The Nation, February 1, 2018.  

As Veronica Mendez Moore from the Twin Cities Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En Lucha (CTUL) said to me, ‘It’s not about being anti-football. It’s about being against a corporate party that’s extracting from our communities and creating an environment of militarization, while increasing wealth at the top at expense of those at the bottom.’

The Pre-Game: Our Lives Over Their Games – Jan 29

The Week of Action started out powerfully with 500 people marching to the Super Bowl launch party at the Excel Center. Here are some of the highlights of press coverage:

Click here for complete list of press coverage

Super Bowl Protest: Tackle Corporate Greed – Feb. 2

Over 250 people braved the cold in this action with CTUL and Navigate, calling on Home Depot to support a Responsible Contractor Policy in the contracted cleaning of its stores, and to support a clean DACA bill. Check out video footage of the action on WorkDay Minnesota and Unicorn Riot

Super Bowl Breakfast: Support $15 and Workers’ Rights

Photo by Chris Juhn taken for MPR News

The same corporations that fought to keep thousands of working families in poverty by fighting against Earned Sick & Safe Time and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis and St. Paul sponsored an elite $2,500 per table event to honor community service and personal integrity in the NFL. Over 200 workers and community allies showed up to call on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Super Bowl Host Committee to support $15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and support sufficient funding for enforcement. Check out this video by WorkDay Minnesota of the action outside, as well as a video from the action on the inside.

Super Bowl 2018

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Week of Action: 1/29-2/4

The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in a couple of weeks. Millions of OUR taxpayer dollars are being poured into this 10 day long elite party around the Superbowl in which corporations will benefit and working class people of color will continue to experience over-policing, wage theft and regressive immigration policy. 

Join us for actions on Jan. 29, Feb. 2 & 3 (see below)

Make a donation to support the actions

Pre Press Coverage:

Launch of the Week of Action:

Monday, January 29, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, at Hamm Plaza 1 Ecolab Place, St. Paul, we are kicking off a week of actions. This is the first major public event of the Super Bowl week – join us for a march & rally to demand that the NFL billionaires listen to our voices & to kick off a powerful week of resistance!

Action at Home Depot:

Friday, February 2, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at The Home Depot, 1520 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, we are calling on the Home Depot, as a major corporation that benefits from low-wage and immigrant workers and customers, to make a public commitment to:

  • Adopt a Responsible Contractor Policy for the cleaning of The Home -Depot’s stores in the Twin Cities,
  • Support the renewal of DACA,
  • Support a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the thousands of undocumented workers and taxpayers in our country,
  • Oppose additional funds going to ICE enforcement, detention centers, or border walls,
  • Cut any current contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol.

$15 and an End to Wage Theft in the Twin Cities:

Saturday, February 3 from 7 am to 9 am at the Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, we are calling on The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and Chamber of Commerce to:

  • Create a $500K bond to be administered by the Minneapolis Departments of Civil Rights to cover any unpaid wages for workers who work supporting the Super Bowl and whose employers commit wage theft and are unresponsive. 
  • Publicly and privately support a $15 minimum wage in St. Paul with no tip penalty or carve-outs and a robust enforcement budget and mechanism to ensure that workers receive the $15 minimum wage they’re fighting for.
  • Publicly and privately support policy to create a long-term robust enforcement budget and mechanism in Minneapolis to ensure workers receive the wages and rights they fought for and won!

Your solidarity and presence will show the Super Bowl Host Committee and powerful corporations what the people want. You can also contribute to our efforts by making a donation

Click here for a complete list of actions this week.

Community Forum on Enforcement of $15 and ESST

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Forum on Enforcement of $15, ESST Brings Together Workers, Elected Officials & National Experts

It was a packed house today at CTUL as we held a community forum about the need for strategic enforcement and community partnerships to ensure that the benefits of the ordinances for $15 and ESST in the Twin Cities reach the most vulnerable communities. 

Click here for a press release with more details on the forum

Click here for CTUL’s Facebook page to see a video of the forum

Labor Day Strike

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LABOR DAY STRIKE

5:30-7:30am Action

Over 150 striking fast food workers and community allies came out for an action bright and early this morning from 5:30-7:30am at the McDonald’s at 2322 7th St. W., St. Paul. Click here for more.

8:00-10:00am Mini-Actions

Striking workers travelled the Twin Cities, stopping by St. Paul City Hall to call for $15 in St. Paul, a Burger King in South Minneapolis that has refused to recognize the right to Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis, and Home Depot in Northeast Minneapolis to stand with contracted retail janitors. Click here for more.

11:00am – 1:00pm: Celebration

Finally the crew came to CTUL to celebrate winning $15 in Minneapolis and to launch the movement to ensure strong enforcement of $15 and Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis. Click here for more.

September 4 Strike

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9.4.17: STRIKE / HUELGA

Fast food workers stand up for $15 and enforcement

Trabajadores de comida rapida luchan por $15 y que $15 se cumpla

Stand with Workers / Juntense con los trabajadores:

  • 5:30am-7:30am, McDonald’s, 2322 7th St. W., St. Paul. Action with striking workers / Accion con trabajadores en huelga

  • 8am-10am, Actions supporting workers demanding $15 and enforcement / Acciones para apoyar a trabajadores que exigen $15 y que se cumple

  • 10-11am, Ally meeting at CTUL / Reunion de aliados en CTUL

  • 11am-1pm, CTUL 3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis. Celebration of $15 in Minneapolis and launching the movement for enforcement / Celebracion de $15 en Minneapolis y lanzando el movimiento para asegurar que se cumple

  • If you are unable to join the actions, click here to donate to support the strike / Si no puedes venir a las acciones, cliquean aqui para donar para apoyar la huelga

Transportation between all locations provided, as well as lunch. Contact Merle Payne with CTUL if you are interested in joining: merle@ctul.net

Click here for more information

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Make sure to check out this new Fact Sheet from NELP about the need for a strong co-enforcement model in Minneapolis

“Given Minneapolis’ racial and economic inequality, and the reflection and exacerbation of that inequality in workers’ experience of wage theft, any effort by the city to address these disparities must be accompanied by a strong commitment to vigorously enforce the city’s $15 minimum wage,” (“Enforcement of a $15 Minimum Wage in Minneapolis Requires Strategic Community Partnerships“, National Employment Law Project, August 31, 2017, page 2).

Know Your Rights / Conozca Sus Derechos

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Paid Sick Days in Mpls and St. Paul, & $15 Minimum Wage in Mpls

Dias Enfermos Pagados en Mpls y St. Paul, & Salario Minimo de $15 en Mpls

Through years of struggle, low-wage workers in the Twin Cities have won important new workplace rights, including paid sick time in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. These victories came because of the leadership of low-wage workers who led multiple strikes, marches, meetings with elected officials, and much more. Now it is up to workers to defend our new rights. Click here to learn how to defend your rights.

Despues de años de lucha, los trabajadores de las Ciudades Gemelas han ganado nuevos derechos laborales importantes, incluyendo tiempo de enfermedad pagado en Minneapolis y St. Paul, y un salario mínimo de $15 en Minneapolis. Ganamos estas victorias gracias al liderazgo de trabajadores que lideraron múltiples huelgas, marchas, reuniones con politicos y mucho más. Ahora nos toca a los trabajadores defender nuestros nuevos derechos. Hagan clic aqui para saber como defender sus derechos.