Statement on Minneapolis 2020 City Budget

We are pleased to see that the Minneapolis City Council is investing in our community by adding ONE additional wage theft investigator in the 2020 budget and further investing in community contracts for outreach, education, and enforcement to make sure wage theft ordinances have a real impact on workers’ lives.

Thank you to the workers who stood up and raised their voices. Your bravery and power is felt by ALL workers in Minneapolis. We also want to thank Minneapolis City Council members for your partnership in prioritizing these budget items and lifting workers’ voices.

Wage theft is a rampant problem in Minneapolis and disproportionately affects low-wage black and brown workers. A stable income, stable housing, and access to resources is what makes our communities safe and we are happy to see Minneapolis is moving in this direction. As we celebrate this victory, we also continue to stand with Reclaim the Block in their demands to divest from police and invest in community prevention measures, like enforcement of wage theft, investing in homelessness services, funding solutions to the opioid crisis at the scale of the crisis itself, and more. Instead of criminalizing vulnerable people, we must find alternatives to policing and continue to invest in our communities.

CTUL celebrates this as a victory for low-wage workers of Minneapolis and shows us the power of workers’ voices when we come together and tell our stories. There is more work to be done and we hope for your continued support in making a truly safe and just Minneapolis for all.


Batres Trial

Batres Pleads Guilty to Labor Trafficking, Other Charges

This afternoon, Batres pleaded guilty to labor trafficking and other charges. This case highlights systemic abuses that are happening in the construction industry. CTUL will be posting updates about the case soon. In the meantime,

Click here for CTUL’s perspective on the case

Grow Power at CTUL’s 9th Annual Gala! Oct. 24th

Our 9th Annual Gala is coming up in October! Join us to invest in our next strategic campaign, celebrate a year of powerful wins, and refresh our spirits with food, art, and music. Ricardo Levins Morales will provide a keynote speech, and an exhibit of five decades of his work will be up in our space. For information about tickets, access, interpretation, dress, and food, go to To volunteer, contact Sheff (


October 24th, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. @ 3715 Chicago Avenue

ASL interpretation, Spanish interpretation, quiet space, and childcare provided

Near city bus lines 5 and 23

¡La lucha sigue sigue!


Conozca los Derechos / Know Your Rights

CONOZCA LOS DERECHOS: 1 de julio, 2019 Aumenta el Salario Minimo en Minneapolis!

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: July 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Increase in Minneapolis!

Despues de años de lucha, los trabajadores de las Ciudades Gemelas hemos ganados nuevos derechos laborales importantes, incluyendo salario mínimo de $15 y tiempo de enfermedad pagado en Minneapolis y St. Paul. Empezando el 1 de julio, 2019 el salario minimo en Minneapolis sube a $12.25 / hora para negocios grandes y $11.00 / hora para negocios pequeños. 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.


Through years of struggle, low-wage workers in the Twin Cities have won important new workplace rights, including a $15 minimum wage and paid sick time in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Starting July 1, 2019 the minimum wage in Minneapolis goes to $12.25 / hour for large businesses and $11.00 / hour for small businesses. We won these victories 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.

Fight for Worker Voice

Fighting for Worker Voice

Systemic imbalances of power in the workplace lead to rampant wage theft and other workplace rights violations, disproportionately impacting women, people of color and immigrants. From Minneapolis & St. Paul City Halls to the Minnesota State Capital, CTUL members are fighting to build a worker-driven model of enforcement for workers’ rights that ensures a voice for workers in the workplace.

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“It gives us hope because we’re being taken seriously,” said Nely Bautista, a wage theft victim and member of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, a labor advocacy group in Minneapolis. “This change comes from us, the workers. I’m happy because this is going to benefit a lot of people. We are going to be able to work more confidently with the knowledge that the law protects us.” “Lawmakers to vote to make wage theft a felony crime in Minnesota,” Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, May 23, 2019.

After years of CTUL members fighting for stronger worker protections, Minnesota will now have one of the strongest anti-wage theft laws in the country! Some of the highlights include:

  • A criminal statute for wage theft;
  • Stronger authority for the MN Department of Labor and Industry & the Attorney General;
  • Civil penalties for retaliation against workers who stand up for their rights, and
  • $3 million in additional resources for the Department of Labor.

This is a step forward for working people and for increased equity in the state of Minnesota. Immigrants, people of color, and women are all impacted disproportionately by wage theft – we are shifting resources to enforce the laws that protect us.

Congratulations to all who worked on this, especially Representative Tim Mahoney, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Commissioner Nancy Leppink, Restaurant Organizing Committee, MN AFL-CIO, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU State Council, SEIU Healthcare MN, and Labor Education Service



Despues de años lucha liderado por miembros de CTUL, Minnesota tendrá uno de las leyes mas fuertes anti-robo de salario en todo el país! Algunos de los detalles sobresalientes incluyen:

  • Pena criminal para robo de salario;
  • Autoridad mas fuerte para el Departamento de Trabajo de Minnesota y el Abogado General;
  • Pena civil para represalia contra trabajadores que defienden sus derechos; y
  • $3 millones en fondos adicionales para el Departamento de Trabajo.

Esto es un paso adelante para la gente trabajadora y para un Minnesota con mas igualdad. Inmigrantes, personas de color, y mujeres son afectados mas por robo de salario – y estamos moviendo recursos para aplicar las leyes que nos protegen.

Felicidades a todos que trabajaron en esto, especialmente Representative Tim Mahoney, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Commissioner Nancy Leppink, Restaurant Organizing Committee, MN AFL-CIO, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU State Council, SEIU Healthcare MN, y Labor Education Service!