Ten years ago, Twin Cities retail cleaning workers made an average of ten to eleven dollars an hour, and most of them had full benefits. Today, most are lucky to make minimum wage, and many make less. And of course in most cases benefits are a thing of the past. CTUL (Centro de Trabjadores Unidos en Lucha), an organization by workers and for workers, has been working on a campaign to improve the lot of the Twin Cities retail cleaning workers, not just individual cases today but for all such workers in the the future. Beginning with letters asking such stores as Lund’s/Byerly’s, Target and Cub Foods to meet with us to discuss these issues (producing no results), escalating to a press conference going public with the campaign, we have continually taken this campaign to new levels. Now we are taking the campaign literally to the streets, and we ask all who believe in our cause to join us.
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On Saturday, November 6, CTUL and its numerous allies will be involved in a march designed to draw public attention to the conditions which retail cleaning workers have been forced to endure. The march will begin at 11 a.m. at Grace Trinity Community Church in Uptown off Hennepin and 28th, and proceed to our first stop, the Lund’s Uptown store. From there will we march down Lake Street, making stops at the locations of various stores that have been targeted by the campaign, including SuperValu, Target and Cub Foods, ending with a rally at Holy Trinity Church, 2730 E. 31st Street, at which the principal target of the campaign will be announced.
This is a major event for Twin Cities retail cleaning workers and we hope that people of good will who believe in the rights of workers to receive fair wages, fair working conditions and basic respect on the job will participate and make it even bigger and more successful. In order to visually create as much of a united front as possible, we request that participants wear either a CTUL T-shirt (for those without one, they will be available for purchase) or some other article of red clothing. We know this is going to be an amazing event, and we hope you will help make it even more so.