Black Friday Actions

BLACK FRIDAY – Nov. 29, 2013

In June 2013, retail janitors who work for contracted companies cleaning Target and other stores went on an Unfair Labor Practice Strike for the second time this year, demanding the right to organize without fear of retaliation. Shortly before the strike, Target executives set up a series of meetings with the janitors to listen to their concerns.

During the four months of these meetings and the three years of organizing, cleaning companies continue to refuse to recognize workers’ rights to organize without fear of retaliation. Retail janitors continue working hard for cleaning companies each evening while surrounded by a wealth of goods, yet they can barely afford to provide for their own families. To make matters worse, there are continued reports of violations of workers’ basic rights.

Workers have decided that the long history of exploitation at the hands of contracted companies that clean Target and other stores – from sub-poverty wages to wage theft to unsafe working conditions – must be stopped now.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, retail janitors from four different companies (Carlson Building Maintenance, Prestige Maintenance USA, Diversified Maintenance Systems, and Eurest Services) announced a Thanksgiving strike deadline, calling on the retail cleaning companies that clean Target and other stores to ensure fair wages, fair working conditions, and the right to organize without fear of retaliation.

CTUL stood together with Our Walmart, Take Action and other community groups to announce plans for actions together on Black Friday.


Check out this powerful new editorial from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison explaining why he stands with retail janitors in the call for justice.