ACTION ALERT! Support fired cleaning workers

TWIN CITIES COMMUNITY LEFT TO CLEAN UP AFTER LUNDS’ MESS

Location Confirmed: Tuesday, February 22, 5:30pm, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church at 5730 Grove St., Edina

Take action to support retail cleaning workers who clean Lunds & Byerly’s who were recently fired (see below for more details):

  1. Support the nearly 12 workers who have lost their jobs by donating non-perishable food items or money for the workers. Food items can be brought to Bethany Lutheran Church Tuesday to Friday between 10am – 2pm – ring the office doorbell and leave items with Amy. Checks can be written out to WIN (make sure to write “Lunds cleaners” in the memo).
  2. Join workers and allies for a fundraising event on Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30pm , Good Samaritan United Methodist Church at 5730 Grove St., Edina, MN 55436. Click here to RSVP for the event.

NEW: And as we build to this event, check out this article that just came out in Insight News: “Lunds: Escucha, estamos en la lucha!” February 11, 2011.

For generations, Lunds has been a company filled with family traditions and values, but over the past few years it would appear that Lunds is sweeping those values under the rug. How can it be that the very same company that prides itself on “enriching neighborhoods through charitable giving” also maintains a bidding process that leads to poverty wages and miserable working conditions for the very workers who clean their stores?

According to one of the cleaning companies that cleans many of Lunds & Byerly’s stores, Lunds is constantly looking for savings. As a result, the new contract (which started on Monday, February 7) would mean changes for the workers. And what were those changes?

  • Around a dozen workers were fired without any notice, left wondering how they are going to feed their families and pay rent at the end of the month.
  • The rest of the workforce is left to work in constant fear of a supervisor who has allegedly sexually harassed employees in the past.

This is just the latest in a number of changes to fit Lunds “savings” needs. So long as Lunds’ priority is based on constant savings, it does not matter what company is brought in, the results will be the same: more and more cuts in wages, constantly increasing workload, and a workplace of constant fear about workplace safety and job security.

Workers are asking Lunds to:

  1. Discuss the need for long-term change in this industry by establishing a code of conduct to ensure that these types of violations will not take place in the cleaning of their stores.
  2. Support the nearly 12 workers who have been placed in an emergency situation when they were fired from the four stores that changed contractors, including the opportunity to maintain their jobs through the new cleaning company.
  3. Guarantee the safety of clients and employees of Lunds as well as the workers who clean Lunds & Byerly’s stores by ensuring an impartial investigation regarding the accusations of sexual harassment.

Support workers as they move forward with their campaign:

  • Support the workers who have lost their jobs by donating non-perishable food items or money for the workers. Food items can be brought to Bethany Lutheran Church Tuesday to Friday between 10am – 2pm – ring the office doorbell and leave items with Amy. Checks can be written out to WIN (make sure to write “Lunds cleaners” in the memo).
  • Join workers and allies for a fundraising event on Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30pm, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church at 5730 Grove St., Edina, MN 55436.  Click here to RSVP for the event.