Janitors in Twin Cities stage walkout to protest low wages


Janitors who clean some of the Twin Cities' largest retail businesses staged a one-day walkout Tuesday to protest what they say are unfair wages and poor working conditions.

Workers from the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) union walked off the job at 6 a.m. and began picketing outside the Macy’s store in downtown Minneapolis, WCCO reports.

They are employed by Capital Building Services, which contracts with 50 big-box businesses in the area, including Macy's, Herberger's, Sears and Home Depot, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Later in the day, the protesters joined other workers as well as faith and community groups at Best Buy Co. Inc.'s headquarters in Richfield, to picket outside the electronic retailer's annual shareholders meeting, according to the Business Journal.

The demonstrators were protesting Best Buy's opposition to legislation that would increase earned sick time and paid family leave for employees.

Class-action lawsuit

Last month, the union filed a class-action lawsuit against Capital Building Services, accusing the company of shortchanging their wages by not paying employees overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.

The suit also alleges that pay for meal breaks is deducted from employees' hours worked, even when the workers don't actually take a meal break.

Capital Building Services responded by saying it treats workers fairly and will fight the lawsuit, according to the Business Journal.

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