Target: Behind the Brand

Public Debut of CTUL’s New Mobile Museum


The Story of Exploitation in Retail Cleaning

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 February 7, 2013, 12:30 – 5:30pm

1000 Nicolett Ave. S., Minneapolis

(corner of 10th St. and Nicolett Ave, in front of Target Corporation)

Join us for the public debut of CTUL’s new mobile museum about the working conditions faced by workers who clean Target stores. The museum will be on display from 12:30 – 2:30pm on the public sidewalk in front of Target Corporation. At 1:00pm, workers will hold a press conference announcing newly uncovered evidence of workplace violations in the cleaning of Target stores.

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Target Corporation contracts out their cleaning to retail cleaning companies, pitting many companies against each other in a multi-tiered bidding system. As a result, cleaning contractors have to find ways to cut costs to have a competitive bid, often on the backs of the workers.


Over the past ten years there have been at least four major federal lawsuits alleging unpaid overtime wages for workers who have cleaned Target stores around the country, including one in the Twin Cities in 2012 where employees of Diversified Maintenance Systems charge that they were working up to 56-60 hours of per week without receiving their full overtime pay. In January 2013, 25 janitors who clean Target stores in the Twin Cities filed OSHA complaints alleging being locked in stores overnight and/or lack of proper safety training. At the extreme, an alleged case of modern-day slavery was recently uncovered in the cleaning of Target and other stores in Philadelphia. These stories have come out in many media outlets around the country, yet nothing seems to change.


Target claims in its “here for good: 2011 corporate responsibility report” that the company “will not knowingly work with any company that does not comply with our ethical standards”. Yet Target’s largest cleaning contractor, Diversified Maintenance Systems, has faced at least 10 federal lawsuits alleging unpaid wages and damages, 6 United States Department of Labor investigations finding 87 violations of minimum wage and/or overtime laws, and 44 violations of OSHA workplace safety regulations, all within the past 10 years!


The mobile museum describes the reality faced by the workers who clean Target stores, and the movement workers are leading for justice through the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL). Come out for the public debut of the mobile museum in front of Target Corporate Headquarters!


February 7, 2013

12:30 – 5:30pm

1000 Nicolett Ave. S., Minneapolis

(corner of 10th St. and Nicolett Ave, in front of Target Corporation)