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

2017 CTUL Gala

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10 Year Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

Join us Friday, October 6th for CTUL’s 10 Year Anniversary Gala Fundraiser! Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance.

Click here to secure your advance ticket or to become a gala sponsor.

Friday, October 6, 5:30-8:30pm

CTUL, 3715 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

Click here for more information

Labor Day Strike

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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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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

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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 / Conosca 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.

Vicotry! $15 Won in Minneapolis!

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On Friday, June 30th, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council voted 11 – 1 to pass a $15 minimum wage. This historic vote comes on the eve of CTUL’s 10 year anniversary and  and years of work with many other organizations fighting to win. CTUL members have organized to change the conversation and the reality for low wage workers over the last 10 years in the Twin Cities.


Beginning January 1st, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00 and continue to rise until July 1st, 2022, when all workers in Minneapolis will be paid a living wage for large businesses of 100 employees or more. For small businesses with less than 100 employees, the first increase will be to $10.25 on July 1st, 2018 and continue to rise until $15.00 is reached on July 1st, 2024. This increase in the minimum wage will provide a raise to over 71,000 people who work in Minneapolis, a disproportionate amount of whom are people of color and single mothers. Now CTUL members and our allies will work to expand on this victory, fighting for $15 in St. Paul and other Minnesota cities, and building a strategic enforcement model that empowers workers to defend our newly won workplace rights.







CTUL has worked with allies at many organizations including 15 NOW, Working America, ROC, MN Nurses Association, UFCW 653, SEIU and countless others to make this a reality. But, the initial push to open the space to dream about this ordinance came from low-wage workers across the city who courageously and relentlessly have been organizing to make a difference on the job and in their lives.


The passage of $15  is a victory for workers everywhere! Fast food workers across the country inspired us to fight. Here in Minneapolis, we organized with CTUL and other partner  organizations to do what many people thought was impossible. Along the way, I was nervous. People said we were crazy and that we would never win. Just 2 years ago the city council didn’t even want to take up the issue. But look where we are now! After half a dozen strikes, protests, talking with elected officials, our struggle has become our victory. Now, we can give our children the things they need. We can buy them healthy food and give them a quality education. Thank you to all my brothers and sisters in this struggle. We won $15!! If we did it, you can do it too! ,” said Carmela Palacios, a Burger King employee and member of CTUL.





Low-wage workers across the Twin Cities have been organizing with CTUL, leading a series of strikes over the past three years to demand living wages, benefits like earned sick and safe time (which went into effect on July 1st, 2017 in Minneapolis and St. Paul), and respect and dignity in their workplaces. This leadership allowed for dialogue to be opened in between the workers most directly impacted by this issue and elected officials with the power to change it.




“We’ve been organizing for this victory for three years and it makes me soo happy that today the City Council has finally taken a vote to raise the minimum wage. Although we faced many obstacles in this fight, we didn’t give up. We kept organizing with our co-workers, going on strike, going to shareholders meetings, and showing up to let our elected officials know that we have been fighting for this because we need it. I am very happy today.”  Guillermo Lindsay, CTUL member and fast food worker.



We are very proud of this victory! This is a testament to our base that when we organize, we win! This would not have been possible without the leadership of workers impacted by this very issue, and without the broader coalition of amazing organizations in the Twin Cities. All of the strikes, rallies, and risks are paying off so we will continue to fight until we have an economy that works for all of us and not just a few wealthy CEOs. This includes leading ongoing workplace fights for fair wages and working conditions, fighting for $15 in St. Paul and other surrounding cities, and organizing for strategic enforcement that empowers workers to defend our rights in the workplace.

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