April – June 2013

CTUL will be leading presentations about the reality faced by workers who clean Target and other stores in the Twin Cities metro area.

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“Target: Behind the Brand. The Story of Exploitation in Retail Cleaning”


Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) is a low-wage worker-led organization that is fighting for fair wages, fair working conditions and a voice in the workplace for all workers in the Twin Cities. From April – June 2013 CTUL will lead presentations about the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning. We aim to educate and engage our communities in this important struggle by providing this opportunity for workers to tell their stories of exploitation and struggle for change, as well as offering opportunities for community allies to take action in solidarity with workers.

Presentations include facilitated discussion led by retail janitors, videos of the campaign, and our newly revamped portable museum about the reality faced by janitors who clean Target stores (see below). Presentations are flexible and can last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. To arrange for a presentation, please contact Brian Payne at 612-859-5750 or

Highlights of the Museum:

–       The reality faced by janitors who clean Target stores:

  • Diversified Maintenance Systems (DMS) is Target’s largest cleaning contractor, with contracts to clean over 600 Target stores nationwide. Over the past ten years, DMS has faced at least: 6 US Dept. of Labor investigations finding 87 violations of minimum wage and/or overtime laws; 10 federal lawsuits alleging unpaid wages and/or overtime laws; 9 OSHA complaints exposing 44 violations of workplace safety regulations.
  • Over the past ten years, there have been at least four federal class action lawsuits alleging millions of dollars in unpaid wages in the cleaning of Target stores around the country, including a 2011 lawsuit in Minnesota where workers complained of having to work up to seven days, 56-80 hours per week without receiving their full overtime pay.
  • In 2011, a case of modern-day slavery was brought to justice involving workers who cleaned Target and other stores in the Northeast.
  • In 2013, 25 retail janitors who work for cleaning companies to clean Target stores in the Twin Cities metro area filed complaints with OSHA alleging being locked in stores overnight and/or lack of proper safety training.
  • Workers who clean Target offices earn $13.92 / hour starting wage with access to good benefits and a means to complain about workplace issues without fear of retaliation. Workers who clean Target stores in the Twin Cities metro area earn around $8.50 / hour with little to no access to benefits.

–       History of workers organizing for change

  • Winning the first raises after over a decade of declining wages, leading to an estimated $1.25 million per year in additional income in the poorest communities in the Twin Cities.
  • 300-person March for Justice in Retail Cleaning November 2010, 12-Day Hunger Strike May 2011, Strike February 2013