Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Retail cleaners in Twin Cities threaten to strike

Author:

A group of contract workers who clean Target stores and other big-box retailers in the Twin Cities metro plan to walk off their jobs this weekend if employers refuse to address unfair labor practices, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The Centers for Workers United in Struggle, which represents about 400 Twin Cities janitors, has set a deadline for noon on Sunday, Feb. 24 for retail cleaning contractors like Diversified Maintenance Systems, Carlson Building Maintenance, and Eurest Services to open dialogue with the workers regarding the right to organize without fear of retaliation, according to a news release.

The Star Tribune notes the cleaning staff has been seeking union representation for two years.

A spokeswoman for Diversified Maintenance told MPR the company doesn't expect many of their employees will support the work stoppage.

Earlier this month, retail-cleaning workers and Florida-based Diversified Maintenance Systems reached a class action settlement for $675,000 in damages regarding unpaid overtime.

Two-dozen janitors who clean Target stores in the Twin Cities metro area also filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging improper safety and training issues.

Meanwhile, members of the Service Employees International Union, which represents janitors and security officers in the Twin Cities area, also authorized a strike on Feb. 9 if a deal isn't reached.

Next Up

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

brian ingram

Woodfired Cantina closes at Keg and Case in St. Paul

Restaurateur Brian Ingram is focusing on growing his other concepts.

giant bear

Video: 'THE fattest bear we have ever seen' spotted on MN trail camera

"This might be THE fattest bear we have ever seen in our area," researchers said.

u.s. attorney

Guilty plea from man who stockpiled guns, equipment to make bombs, drugs

Prosecutors say he had multiple guns, items to make weapons and pipe bombs, and lab equipment to make drugs.

polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Here is Polaris' new electric Ranger off-road vehicle

The Minnesota-based company unveiled the electric UTV on Wednesday.

Related