Retail janitors return to work after 48-hour strike

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June 14, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Retail janitors working as subcontractors cleaning Target and other Twin Cities stores have returned to work after completing a 48-hour strike earlier this week.

Striking workers also met with Target executives Wednesday at the retailer's annual shareholder meeting in Denver to discuss their concerns.

More than 500 people participated in the strike outside Target stores in Minneapolis, which was organized by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL).

The workers are seeking an increase in wages and other benefits. Some workers have already seen positive changes because of the srike, according to a news release sent out by CTUL. Minnesota-based cleaning company Anisca has signed an agreement to allow workers to organize. Some workers have also seen bumps in pay from 25 cents to $1 per hour.

“Despite all of these victories, workers continue to earn poverty wages and struggle to survive. Until there are long-term resolutions to these issues, workers will continue to organize, demanding their rights to fair wages, fair working conditions, and a voice in the workplace,” said Brian Payne, an organizer with CTUL.