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VICTORY! Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis: May 2016

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VICTORIA! Dias Enfermos Pagados en Minneapolis!

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Today, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to pass Earned Sick and Safe Time. This historic vote comes after more than a year of leaders with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) and many other organizations fighting to win.

”Passing earned sick and safe time is a huge victory for workers and our families. Fast food workers and janitors with CTUL have been striking for the past few years for higher wages, union rights, a voice in the workplace and benefits like paid sick days and finally our city is taking a big step to help us workers and our families. We deserve to take care of our health and our families as well,” said Guillermo Lindsay, a McDonald’s worker and member of CTUL.

Click here for CTUL’s complete statement about the victory

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Fast Food Workers Strike: April 2016

NEW: Check out these incredible photos of the day of action

Fight for 15 from Ubuntu Media Productions on Vimeo

Hundreds of striking fast food workers and community allies came out for a day of action, fighting for $15, union rights, and paid sick days. The day started with an action at the McDonald’s at 471 Marion St. in St. Paul, and ended with an action at the McDonald’s at Lake and 2nd in Minneapolis.

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Click here for a report of the day.

Click here fore some amazing photos from the morning action by Marakah Mancini

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Retail Janitors Strike to #ReclaimOurDreams: February 2016

(photos here from St. Paul Union Advocate)

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Over 300 striking retail janitors and community allies stood on the picket line this morning outside of the Downtown Minneapolis Macy’s. A few updates on the strike:

“Wage theft is an all too common problem for retail janitors,” Sanchez said. “We don’t need a band-aid. We need a cure. And that cure is a voice on the job, union rights and $15 an hour.”

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Retail Janitors Win Class Action Lawsuit: February 2016

Days before strike, retail janitors win proposed class action settlement for over $400,000!

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Jesus Sanchez, CTUL member: “By uniting together my co-workers and I have won a big victory. But we shouldn’t be forced to sue our employer to be paid for hours that we already worked. Wage theft is an all too common problem for retail janitors. We don’t need a band-aid. We need a cure. And that cure is a voice on the job, union rights, and $15 an hour. My co-workers and I are prepared to strike on February 18th if Capital refuses to enter into sincere dialogue about these issues.” (Jesus works for Capital Building Group Services cleaning a Macy’s and Herberger’s store)

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Click here for a copy of the press release about the proposed settlement

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CTUL Member Lucila Dominguez receives 2015 Facing Race Ambassador Award

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In the morning, Lucila stood with workers who complain of unpaid wages in the sub-contracted cleaning of Walgreens and other stores. Later that evening she received top honors from the Saint Paul Foundation for her anti-racism work, organizing with low-wage workers of color for fair wages, fair working conditions, and a voice in the workplace.

“Low-wage workers of color who are members of CTUL, like myself, are stepping up. We refuse to follow the vicious cycle of changing from job to job, stuck in a system of economic, social and racial inequity. Instead, we are working to change the jobs where we are, proactively working to build healthy communities for everyone. Target Corporation has demonstrated interest in following the leadership of low-wage workers of color. We are calling on Best Buy and other Minnesotan corporations to step up as well so that together we can establish economic, social and racial equity for all Minnesotans.”

(click here to read her entire statement)

St. Paul Anti-Racism Leaders’ Humble Roots,” Susan Du, City Pages, April 27, 2015.

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Fast Food Workers and Retail Janitors Strike to #ReclaimOurCity in the #Fightfor15: Black Friday 2015

#Fightfor15 Worker’s Strike 11-10-15 from Adja Gildersleve on Vimeo.

Click here for photos and a report of the actions

Over 500 striking workers and community allies took to the streets in Minneapolis this on November 10, 2015! The day started bright and early at 5:30am in a picket with striking fast food workers at the McDonald’s at University and Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis. Workers then marched to the Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis for a picket against cleaning companies with striking retail janitors. Finally, striking workers joined hundreds of other low-wage workers in a rally inside of Minneapolis City Hall.

Click here for photos and a report of the actions

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Retail Janitor Strike Report: June 2015

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Retail janitors from over 50 stores in the Twin Cities metro area walked out on strike on 6.9.15 demanding fair wages and an end to wage theft. Just a day before the strike, CTUL published a new report about the prevalence of wage theft in the retail janitorial industry, including the class action lawsuit filed three weeks ago by employees of Capital who clean Macy’s and Herberger’s stores (“Held Up Without a Gun – Wage Theft in Minnesota’s Janitorial Industry“). Well over 250 striking workers and community allies joined the picket line from 6-7:30am. Click here for a longer report from the strike. Check out more photos from the picket line: Photos by Ryan StoperaPhotos by Ryan Nelson

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Following the picket line, striking janitors joined workers, faith leaders, and community leaders from around the state for an action at Best Buy Corporate HQ, calling on the company to stop blocking local and state policies that would help working families. Click here for a report of the action.

Highlights of Press (for a complete list of coverage, click here)

  • Department Store Janitors Strike in Downtown Mpls,” WCCO, June 9, 2015 (video)
  • Janitors strike wages in downtown Minneapolis,” Fox 9 News, Rachel Chazin, June 9, 2015

    “I am going on strike because my employer, Capital Building Services Group, is cheating us,” Duniyo Hussein, who cleans the Macy’s at the Mall of America for CBSG, said. “$8.00 an hour is not fair for the work we do. We work hard. In the United States, no one should make such a low wage. I am going on strike so we can win fair wages and more rights at our job.”

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Fast Food Strike: April 2015

STRIKE 4.15!

“This is our moment — we are going to change service jobs from ones that drag our economy down into ones that lift up workers, families and communities,” said Carmela Palacios, Burger King employee and member of CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha/Center of Workers United in Struggle. “Fast-food workers are joining together and standing up for what’s right, and standing with so many people working in a variety of industries, we are stronger than ever. I know we will win.” “Fast food workers shut down Minneapolis intersection,” Barb Kucera, WorkDay Minnesota, April 15, 2015

Click here for a report with lots of photos from the 4.15 actions

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