APRIL 25, 2012
CTUL Press Conference
Janitors Say They Worked Seven Days a Week with No Overtime Pay
CTUL Releases Report Documenting Problems in Janitorial Industry
- “Janitors: Contractor didn’t play by rules“, Dee DePass, Star Tribune, April 25, 2012
- “Trabajadores de Limpieza Dicen que Trabajaron Siete Dias por Semana sin Pago de Overtime“, La Conexion Latina, 25 de abril.
- “Study, lawsuit expose exploitation faced by retail cleaning workers“, Workday Minnesota, April 26
- “Minn. Custodians Sue Diversified Maintenance Systems“, KSTP, ABC News, April 25
Over 50 workers and allies came out today for a press conference on the public sidewalk at the corner of Lake and Nicollet in front of Kmart, launching the next phase of the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning. The press conference focused the spotlight on Diversified Maintenance (a cleaning contractor for Kmart, Sears, Lord & Taylor, Target, Best Buy and others) as an example of the need for change in the retail cleaning industry. Workers called on representatives of Diversified Maintenance to meet with CTUL and workers. (Click here for a copy of the press release)We, the workers who clean different stores like Kmart, Sears, Best Buy, Target, and others, contribute to the prestige of these stores through our work…But what happens with us, the workers who carry out the cleaning work? The stores contract different companies like Diversified and Carlson among others, who then overwork and underpay the cleaning workers,” Alejandro Quirino, Diversified Maintenance worker.
Workers announced a lawsuit against Diversified Maintenance, in which workers say they worked seven days a week with no overtime pay. (Click here for a copy of the lawsuit)
At the same time CTUL released a report that argues that low wages and other problems “pervade the retail janitorial industry in Minnesota and throughout the United States.”Report)
At the end of the press conference, workers announced that they would be joining the May 1st March, in which hundreds of allies with MIRAc and other organizations will gather in front of Kmart on the public sidewalk at Lake and Nicollet for the annual celebration of International Workers’ Day.
We’ll see you all out there in front of Kmart on May 1st at 3:30!! (check out the Facebook page for May 1st March here)