Las Posadas

“Las Posadas: March for Dignity and Respect” December 18, 2018 CTUL members who work in construction have been working with national and local experts to create a new program that will end labor trafficking and other serious violations of workers’ rights in construction: Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council (BDC). On December 18, CTUL members and allies marched down Lake Street for Las Posadas March as part of our ongoing campaign calling on construction Developers to work with BDC to end labor trafficking, wage theft, and other serious abuses in the construction industry. Click here for a report on the […]

We Won $15!

We Won $15! Today we celebrate our victory on passing $15 minimum wage in the City of Saint Paul. This victory was the result of the continued efforts of compassionate, brave, and relentless low wage workers, who believe a better world is at the reach of our hands.   All workers deserve to take care of their needs and enjoy time with their families and the important people in their lives, and because of that, they deserve a living wage. CTUL members and fast-food workers launched this fight in the Twin Cities four years ago, and have been on the […]

Twin Cities Contractor Charged with Human Trafficking, Other Charges

Twin Cities Contractor Charged with Human Trafficking, Other Charges Case involves construction projects led by large Developers and General Contractors, including Reuter Walton and Lennar Read Workers’ Response to the Labor Trafficking case here Click here for CTUL’s Press Release Press Coverage: “Contractor Ricardo Batres Charged with Labor Trafficking, Revealing Immigrant Worker Abuse,” Filiberto Nolasco, Work Day Minnesota, September 26, 2018. “This Labor-Trafficking Case Exposes the Seedy Subcontracting Underbelly,” Michelle Chen, The Nation, September 28, 2018. “Culpan a a Contratista de Explotacion de Trabajadores,” El Minnesota Hoy, September 28, 2018.

CTUL receives Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

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 […]


VICTORY!   ¡VICTORIA! After six years of marches, strikes and more, retail janitors organizing with CTUL have won a permanent voice across the entire industry. The Twin Cities is now the first metropolitan area in the entire country where the retail janitorial industry is union. Click here for CTUL’s complete statement about the victory. Maricela Flores, CTUL member and retail janitor, in the Guardian about the victory: “I could have done nothing, but I chose to fight. This has been a long fight, but now I feel overjoyed. All the hard work has paid off.”  “Twin Cities janitors declare victory in […]

VICTORY! Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis! May 2016

VICTORY! Paid Sick Days in Minneapolis: May 2016 VICTORIA! Dias Enfermos Pagados en Minneapolis! (Cliquean el Link de arriba para espanol) 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 […]

Fast Food Workers Strike: April 2016

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. Click here for a report of the day. Click here fore some amazing photos from the morning action by […]

Retail Janitors Strike to #ReclaimOurDreams: February 2016

Retail Janitors Strike to #ReclaimOurDreams: February 2016 (photos here from St. Paul Union Advocate) – 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: Photos from the strike Interview on Kare 11 with Jesus Sanchez, CTUL member and employee of Capital who cleans a Macy’s store, talking about why he is on strike. Video by Line Break Media showing support from elected officials who stood with striking janitors on the picket line. Press Highlights (click here for a link to all of the […]