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Published on Jun 11, 2014
CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha/Center for Workers United in Struggle, announced Tuesday that the Minnesota-based retailer has agreed to a Responsible Contractor Policy covering the companies it hires to clean its stores. The policy: Protects and ensures workers' rights to collectively bargain with their employers; Ensures that workers have the right to form safety committees in the workplace made up of at least 50 percent of workers who are designated by their coworkers; and Ensures that workers are not forced to work seven days a week.
The mood was joyous at Bethany Lutheran Church, where CTUL held its press conference, as it has been a four-year struggle for organizers to have their voices heard.
"We have stood up through marches, a 12-day hunger strike and three strikes demanding fair wages and the right to organize without fear of retaliation," stated CTUL member Enrique Barcenas. "Now we have won a path to gain respect in our workplaces."