via the Nation, Josh Eidelson
“Non-union janitors who clean Target stores in Minnesota say they’ll go on strike unless their employers agree by noon on Sunday to meet and discuss alleged crimes.
The workers are employed by three janitorial contractors—Prestige Maintenance USA, Diversified Maintenance Systems and Carlson Building Maintenance—and work inside Target facilities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The strike threat follows a series of OSHA charges alleging that employees of those companies were denied proper safety training and locked inside of Target stores, and National Labor Relations Board charges alleging that they were retaliated against for organizing. The charges and the strike threat were spearheaded by the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a Twin Cities labor group that, as The Nation reported, has been organizing retail cleaning workers for two years.”
Published on Feb 9, 2013
Retail cleaning workers in the Twin Cities speak out, organizing for justice in their workplaces. Employees of Diversified Maintenance Systems, Carlson Building Maintenance, Eurest Services and Prestige Maintenance clean Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot,Kmart, Sears, JC Penney, and other stores.
Trabajadores de limpieza de tiendas en las Twin Cities se estan organizando para justicia en sus trabajos. Empleados de Diversified Maintenance Systems, Carlson Building Maintenance, Eurest Services and Prestige Maintenance limpian Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears, JC Penney y otras tiendas.
Published on Jul 23, 2012
After over a decade of declining wages and increased workloads, retail cleaning workers in the Twin Cities metro area are organizing for fair wages and working conditions. September 29, 2012, CTUL is organizing a mass action at the Sears near the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, calling on Sears Holding Company to contract responsible cleaning contractors. For more information: http://www.ctul.net
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
The Center of Workers United in Struggle
Retail Cleaning Workers Set Deadline for Strike!
BREAKING: New coverage on the deadline for a strike:
- “Workers Cleaning Target Stores Threaten to Strike,” Josh Eidelson, The Nation, Feb. 22, 2013
- “Retail rebellion: The next big strike could begin next week,” Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC, Feb. 22, 2013
- “Target janitors threaten strike,” Natasha Lennard, Salon.com, Feb. 22. 2013
Janitors who clean big box chain stores like Target earn sub-poverty wages with almost no benefits. Workers have been organizing with CTUL for fair wages and working conditions for over two years – and now they’ve decided that enough is enough! Janitors have decided that if the cleaning contractors where they work won’t meet with them to address unfair labor practices by Sunday, February 24th, 2013, they will go on strike to protect their rights.
STAND WITH WORKERS:
- Mon, Feb. 25, 10pm, Rally with Striking Workers, 2511 E. Franklin Ave.
- Tues, Feb. 26, 6am – 10:45am, Picket with Retail Cleaning Workers, Target store in downtown (900 Nicollet Ave.) – Join us for 15 minutes or four hours!
- Tues, Feb. 26, 11am – noon, Rally with Take Action in front of Target Corporate HQ, 1000 Nicollet Ave.
Donate to the CTUL Strike Fund
-More actions you can take to support workers
-Images to help spread word on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
-Press coverage on the announcement of a deadline
We hope that retail janitorial employers will stop violating workers rights and meet with workers in sincere and meaningful dialogue, but janitors are prepared to go on strike to protect their rights if necessary.