Retail janitors are gearing up for the November 10 strike deadline, with workers from six different cleaning companies who clean over 40 stores in the Twin Cities metro area ready to strike. Janitors who clean Macy’s stores are in an ongoing class action lawsuit against their employer – Capital Building Services Group – in which workers complain of wages as low as $4-5 an hour. Workers are prepared to strike for $15, paid sick days, fair schedules, and an end to wage theft.
Workers will lead the #ReclaimOurStreets: March for Working Families, joined by hundreds of other low-wage workers and community allies including: fast food workers organizing with CTUL, retail workers organizing with Working America, low-wage workers organizing with NOC, home healthcare workers organizing with SEIU Healthcare, Black Lives Matter, 15 Now, and the entire #MPLSWorks coalition.
The march will culminate in a rally at Minneapolis City Hall, calling on the City of Minneapolis to support municipal policies for $15, fair scheduling, paid sick days, and an end to wage theft as a first step to deal with the deep racial and economic divides in the city:
- 42% of jobs in Minneapolis don’t pay enough to support a family of four (“2013 Community Indicators Report: The Minneapolis Foundation”)
- 94% of children in poverty in Minneapolis are children of color (“2013 Community Indicators Report: The Minneapolis Foundation”)
- Black income in Minnesota fell by 14% from 2013-2014
- Unemployment is three times greater for Black residents than White residents
- Access to paid sick time is 63% for White workers and 32% for Latinos
- The poorest Minnesotans live on average 8 years less than the wealthiest Minnesotans
STAND WITH WORKERS!
5:30am University and Broadway, NE Mpls. Action with fast food workers and SuperAmerica workers to start the march
7:30am Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis (700 Nicollet Mall). Picket with retail janitors on strike against cleaning companies
9:30am Rally in Minneapolis City Hall calling for $15, fair scheduling, paid sick days, and an end to wage theft
Click here to print the Nov 10th Srike flyer