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Published on Jun 16, 2014
After four years of organizing including leading three strikes against cleaning companies in 2013, and a year of dialogue between Target Corporation, CTUL and retail janitors, Target is taking a leadership role in the industry by adopting new language in an unprecedented Responsible Contractor Policy that will be implemented for new cleaning contracts at their stores. The policy is the first of its kind nationally in the industry. CTUL is now calling on every other major retail stores to follow Target's leadership by adopting the same Responsible Contractor Policy, including:
Protecting and ensuring workers' rights to collectively bargain with their employers; Ensuring that workers have the right to form safety committees in the workplace made up of at least 50% workers who are designated by their co-workers; and Ensuring that workers are not forced to work seven days a week. This victory paves the way for workers to gain fair wages, benefits, and a voice in the workplace, and has implications that move well beyond the estimated 1,000 retail janitors in the Twin Cities, opening the door to ensure that low-wage workers of color have a place at the table in deciding the future of work. Fundamentally this is part of CTUL's vision of empowering low-wage workers to play a leadership role in reorganizing the economy to ensure that it works for everyone, not just the 1%.
CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - The Center of Workers United in Struggle) has been working to better the working conditions for workers cleaning many of the major stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area.