MISSION: CTUL organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another to build power and lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. CTUL is an organization of workers and for workers, committed to securing fair working conditions for present and future generations.

MISION: CTUL  organiza con trabajadores de bajos ingresos a través de las Twin Cities para desarrollar liderazgo y educarse entre el grupo para construir poder y dirigir la lucha por sueldos justos, mejores condiciones, respeto básico, y una voz en nuestros trabajos. CTUL es una organización de trabajadores y para trabajadores comprometida a asegurar condiciones justas para la generación presente y futuro. 

VISION: CTUL is dedicated to a vision of an empowered community of workers, and to that end is working toward increased involvement on the part of our members in determining the direction of our organization and its programs. We see workers coming together to improve their working conditions and strengthen their circumstances as the most effective way to grow and become stronger as a group, and to convince other workers that this is a cause worth joining and a fight they can win. We believe that we as workers can be the most effective voices and advocates for the betterment of our wages and working conditions. We are devoted to proving that as one united force, we will be able to prove the truth of the words: SI SE PUEDE!

VISION: CTUL esta dedicado a la visión de una comunidad de trabajadores poderosos y hacia ese fin, esta trabajando para involucrar mas a nuestros miembros en determinar la dirección de nuestra organización y sus programas. Creemos que trabajadores uniéndose para mejorar sus condiciones y fortalecer sus circunstancias es la forma mas efectiva de crecer y ser mas fuertes como grupo, y para convencer a otros trabajadores que esta es una causa a la cual vale la pena unirse y es una lucha que pueden ganar. Nosotros creemos que como trabajadores, somos las voces mas efectivas y los mejores para abogar por mejoramiento de nuestros sueldos y condiciones laborales. Estamos dedicados a comprobar que como una fuerza unida, podremos comprobar la verdad de las palabras: SI SE PUEDE!



CTUL’s structure is centered around leadership development through three active campaigns:

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  • Campaign for Justice in Retail CleaningOver the past 10-15 years, wages and working conditions in retail cleaning have spiraled out of control, with constantly lowering wages and increasing workloads.  Through the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, not only have workers stopped the downward spiral in the Twin Cities, workers report that they have gained the first wage increase they have seen in the industry in quite some time.  Workers are continuing to organize to expand on these victories to ensure that all retail cleaning workers have fair wages and working conditions.


  • Fast Food Campaign: Fast food workers in the Twin Cities are organizing with CTUL as part of the national Fight for $15 and the right to a union.


  • Defensores de Derechos / Workplace Rights Defenders: Low-wage workers participate in a series of four in-depth workshops on workplace rights and how to document violations of workplace rights. After participating in four workshops workers form the Defensores Committee, which will facilitate workshops with other workers and will gather information to publish a report in September 2015 on low-wage work in the Twin Cities.

Membership. Low-wage workers who have participated in at least three meetings can become members of the organization.  Twice per year members gather for membership meetings.  In these meetings the Mesa Organizadora presents proposals, and members discuss and vote on the proposals to make major decisions about the future of the organization.

Mesa Organizadora. The Mesa Organizadora meets once a month to make programmatic decisions for the organization, define the work of the organization to be carried out by committees, and to further develop leadership and organizing skills.  The Mesa Organizadora is made up of low-wage worker members of CTUL.

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