Super Bowl 2018

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Week of Action: 1/29-2/4

The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in a couple of weeks. Millions of OUR taxpayer dollars are being poured into this 10 day long elite party around the Superbowl in which corporations will benefit and working class people of color will continue to experience over-policing, wage theft and regressive immigration policy. 

Join us for actions on Jan. 29, Feb. 2 & 3 (see below)

Make a donation to support the actions

Pre Press Coverage:

Launch of the Week of Action:

Monday, January 29, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, at Hamm Plaza 1 Ecolab Place, St. Paul, we are kicking off a week of actions. This is the first major public event of the Super Bowl week – join us for a march & rally to demand that the NFL billionaires listen to our voices & to kick off a powerful week of resistance!

Action at Home Depot:

Friday, February 2, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at The Home Depot, 1520 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, we are calling on the Home Depot, as a major corporation that benefits from low-wage and immigrant workers and customers, to make a public commitment to:

  • Adopt a Responsible Contractor Policy for the cleaning of The Home -Depot’s stores in the Twin Cities,
  • Support the renewal of DACA,
  • Support a comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the thousands of undocumented workers and taxpayers in our country,
  • Oppose additional funds going to ICE enforcement, detention centers, or border walls,
  • Cut any current contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol.

$15 and an End to Wage Theft in the Twin Cities:

Saturday, February 3 from 7 am to 9 am at the Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, we are calling on The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and Chamber of Commerce to:

  • Create a $500K bond to be administered by the Minneapolis Departments of Civil Rights to cover any unpaid wages for workers who work supporting the Super Bowl and whose employers commit wage theft and are unresponsive. 
  • Publicly and privately support a $15 minimum wage in St. Paul with no tip penalty or carve-outs and a robust enforcement budget and mechanism to ensure that workers receive the $15 minimum wage they’re fighting for.
  • Publicly and privately support policy to create a long-term robust enforcement budget and mechanism in Minneapolis to ensure workers receive the wages and rights they fought for and won!

Your solidarity and presence will show the Super Bowl Host Committee and powerful corporations what the people want. You can also contribute to our efforts by making a donation

Click here for a complete list of actions this week.

Community Forum on Enforcement of $15 and ESST

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Forum on Enforcement of $15, ESST Brings Together Workers, Elected Officials & National Experts

It was a packed house today at CTUL as we held a community forum about the need for strategic enforcement and community partnerships to ensure that the benefits of the ordinances for $15 and ESST in the Twin Cities reach the most vulnerable communities. 

Click here for a press release with more details on the forum

Click here for CTUL’s Facebook page to see a video of the forum

Labor Day Strike

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5:30-7:30am Action

Over 150 striking fast food workers and community allies came out for an action bright and early this morning from 5:30-7:30am at the McDonald’s at 2322 7th St. W., St. Paul. Click here for more.

8:00-10:00am Mini-Actions

Striking workers travelled the Twin Cities, stopping by St. Paul City Hall to call for $15 in St. Paul, a Burger King in South Minneapolis that has refused to recognize the right to Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis, and Home Depot in Northeast Minneapolis to stand with contracted retail janitors. Click here for more.

11:00am – 1:00pm: Celebration

Finally the crew came to CTUL to celebrate winning $15 in Minneapolis and to launch the movement to ensure strong enforcement of $15 and Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis. Click here for more.

September 4 Strike

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Fast food workers stand up for $15 and enforcement

Trabajadores de comida rapida luchan por $15 y que $15 se cumpla

Stand with Workers / Juntense con los trabajadores:

  • 5:30am-7:30am, McDonald’s, 2322 7th St. W., St. Paul. Action with striking workers / Accion con trabajadores en huelga

  • 8am-10am, Actions supporting workers demanding $15 and enforcement / Acciones para apoyar a trabajadores que exigen $15 y que se cumple

  • 10-11am, Ally meeting at CTUL / Reunion de aliados en CTUL

  • 11am-1pm, CTUL 3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis. Celebration of $15 in Minneapolis and launching the movement for enforcement / Celebracion de $15 en Minneapolis y lanzando el movimiento para asegurar que se cumple

  • If you are unable to join the actions, click here to donate to support the strike / Si no puedes venir a las acciones, cliquean aqui para donar para apoyar la huelga

Transportation between all locations provided, as well as lunch. Contact Merle Payne with CTUL if you are interested in joining:

Click here for more information


Make sure to check out this new Fact Sheet from NELP about the need for a strong co-enforcement model in Minneapolis

“Given Minneapolis’ racial and economic inequality, and the reflection and exacerbation of that inequality in workers’ experience of wage theft, any effort by the city to address these disparities must be accompanied by a strong commitment to vigorously enforce the city’s $15 minimum wage,” (“Enforcement of a $15 Minimum Wage in Minneapolis Requires Strategic Community Partnerships“, National Employment Law Project, August 31, 2017, page 2).

Know Your Rights / Conozca Sus Derechos

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Paid Sick Days in Mpls and St. Paul, & $15 Minimum Wage in Mpls

Dias Enfermos Pagados en Mpls y St. Paul, & Salario Minimo de $15 en Mpls

Through years of struggle, low-wage workers in the Twin Cities have won important new workplace rights, including paid sick time in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. These victories came because of the leadership of low-wage workers who led multiple strikes, marches, meetings with elected officials, and much more. Now it is up to workers to defend our new rights. Click here to learn how to defend your rights.

Despues de años de lucha, los trabajadores de las Ciudades Gemelas han ganado nuevos derechos laborales importantes, incluyendo tiempo de enfermedad pagado en Minneapolis y St. Paul, y un salario mínimo de $15 en Minneapolis. Ganamos estas victorias gracias al liderazgo de trabajadores que lideraron múltiples huelgas, marchas, reuniones con politicos y mucho más. Ahora nos toca a los trabajadores defender nuestros nuevos derechos. Hagan clic aqui para saber como defender sus derechos.

Vicotry! $15 Won in Minneapolis!

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On Friday, June 30th, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council voted 11 – 1 to pass a $15 minimum wage. This historic vote comes on the eve of CTUL’s 10 year anniversary and  and years of work with many other organizations fighting to win. CTUL members have organized to change the conversation and the reality for low wage workers over the last 10 years in the Twin Cities.


Beginning January 1st, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00 and continue to rise until July 1st, 2022, when all workers in Minneapolis will be paid a living wage for large businesses of 100 employees or more. For small businesses with less than 100 employees, the first increase will be to $10.25 on July 1st, 2018 and continue to rise until $15.00 is reached on July 1st, 2024. This increase in the minimum wage will provide a raise to over 71,000 people who work in Minneapolis, a disproportionate amount of whom are people of color and single mothers. Now CTUL members and our allies will work to expand on this victory, fighting for $15 in St. Paul and other Minnesota cities, and building a strategic enforcement model that empowers workers to defend our newly won workplace rights.







CTUL has worked with allies at many organizations including 15 NOW, Working America, ROC, MN Nurses Association, UFCW 653, SEIU and countless others to make this a reality. But, the initial push to open the space to dream about this ordinance came from low-wage workers across the city who courageously and relentlessly have been organizing to make a difference on the job and in their lives.


The passage of $15  is a victory for workers everywhere! Fast food workers across the country inspired us to fight. Here in Minneapolis, we organized with CTUL and other partner  organizations to do what many people thought was impossible. Along the way, I was nervous. People said we were crazy and that we would never win. Just 2 years ago the city council didn’t even want to take up the issue. But look where we are now! After half a dozen strikes, protests, talking with elected officials, our struggle has become our victory. Now, we can give our children the things they need. We can buy them healthy food and give them a quality education. Thank you to all my brothers and sisters in this struggle. We won $15!! If we did it, you can do it too! ,” said Carmela Palacios, a Burger King employee and member of CTUL.





Low-wage workers across the Twin Cities have been organizing with CTUL, leading a series of strikes over the past three years to demand living wages, benefits like earned sick and safe time (which went into effect on July 1st, 2017 in Minneapolis and St. Paul), and respect and dignity in their workplaces. This leadership allowed for dialogue to be opened in between the workers most directly impacted by this issue and elected officials with the power to change it.




“We’ve been organizing for this victory for three years and it makes me soo happy that today the City Council has finally taken a vote to raise the minimum wage. Although we faced many obstacles in this fight, we didn’t give up. We kept organizing with our co-workers, going on strike, going to shareholders meetings, and showing up to let our elected officials know that we have been fighting for this because we need it. I am very happy today.”  Guillermo Lindsay, CTUL member and fast food worker.



We are very proud of this victory! This is a testament to our base that when we organize, we win! This would not have been possible without the leadership of workers impacted by this very issue, and without the broader coalition of amazing organizations in the Twin Cities. All of the strikes, rallies, and risks are paying off so we will continue to fight until we have an economy that works for all of us and not just a few wealthy CEOs. This includes leading ongoing workplace fights for fair wages and working conditions, fighting for $15 in St. Paul and other surrounding cities, and organizing for strategic enforcement that empowers workers to defend our rights in the workplace.

Click here to donate to support the ongoing struggle!



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Supporters of a $15 Minimum Wage with No Carve Outs in Minneapolis Flood Public Testimony, Highlight Overwhelming Support for Ordinance


On Thursday afternoon, the Minneapolis city council held a public hearing about the proposed $15 municipal minimum wage. Testifiers voiced overwhelming support for a $15 minimum wage for all Minneapolis workers, highlighting the need for a policy with no exemptions or carve-outs, strong enforcement mechanisms, and prompt implementation.



“I work at Pizza Luce in the back of the house and we need to raise the minimum wage to $15 and still be able to get tips as well,” said Donell Martin, a member of CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha/Center for Workers United in Justice. “We cannot survive on anything less than that. All of my money goes to rent and bills. There are many times where I have to eat at other people’s homes because I don’t have enough money for groceries after my basic, basic needs are met. This is no way for us to be living in 2017, in one of the most progressive cities in the country.”



Testifiers included workers from diverse backgrounds and workplaces. Low-wage workers from fast food, retail, and other industries testified to the impossibility of surviving on $9.50 and the hardships they face. Workers from various unions, community groups, and unaffiliated supporters also voiced support for the increase, which would give a raise to 71,000 Minneapolis workers, disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, immigrant, and female workers.



Tipped workers emphasized the need for One Fair Wage of $15/hour with no tip penalty.



“A $15/hour base wage plus tips is a living wage, and anything less than that leaves tipped workers behind” said Alex Doebler, a bartender at Buca di Beppo in Downtown Minneapolis. “Raising the wage for servers has never caused the apocalyptic outcomes the restaurant lobby claims, and doesn’t end tipping. One Fair Wage is the right path for Minneapolis.”



Young workers spoke against the proposed training wage, which would mean workers under 20 years old could be paid a sub minimum wage for the first 90 days at any job.




“I first applied for a job when I was 15 years old, and started working when I was 17 so that I could start saving to go to college and help my parents with family expenses,” said Clara Parra, CTUL leader and fast food employee in Minneapolis. “We shouldn’t be paid a lower minimum wage when we are doing the same work as people who are over the age of 20. This means that those youth, like my little sister, would work three months at a job and never even make it to the minimum wage.There are people who are 20 and younger who also have children of their own who need to make a living wage of $15/hr as soon as possible.”



The hearing comes after years of community organizing, protests, and strikes in pursuit of a $15 minimum wage for all workers in Minneapolis. Last summer, workers collected more than 20,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot directly to voters through a ballot initiative. Despite being one of the largest ballot initiatives in Minneapolis history and polling at 68% support amongst likely voters, the city council took the measure to the Minnesota State Supreme Court, which ruled it unfit for voters.



“I support $15/hour for all because I work two part time jobs, I’m a single mother struggling to raise three beautiful children,” said Sondra Williams, who works at Cub Foods and is a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 653. “I’m doing the best I can, but I am still struggling. $15 would not only help me and my family out, but it would help out all of us who are struggling.”



Outside of the council chambers, supporters gathered for a moment of prayer to honor the two-year anniversary of the death of Teresa Benson, a worker leader with CTUL. Benson was employed at McDonald’s when she passed away on June 22nd, 2015, from the compounded effects of homelessness, food insecurity, and lack of healthcare.


“This is a public health crisis,” said Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association. “There is a correlation between poverty wages and life expectancy. Poverty takes a huge toll on the community and ends up being more expensive than paying living wages.”



City council is expected to discuss amendments to the proposal on June 28th at 10am in the council chambers, and vote on the final proposal on June 30th at 9:30am.