Updated:
Original:

Retail cleaning crews in Twin Cities threaten another strike Monday

Author:

About 40 retail janitors from more than two dozen big-box stores across the Twin Cities are preparing to picket outside Target's store in downtown Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports. Hundreds of workers walked off the job in February for a similar protest.

Members of the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) have called a two-day strike starting Monday unless contracted cleaning companies agree to labor contracts that allow employees to unionize.

An organizer told the newspaper contract workers who clean a dozen Target stores across the metro as well as 12 other retailers, including Home Depot, Kmart, Kohl's and Sears, plan to walk off jobs.

The janitors are employed by Diversified Maintenance, Prestige Maintenance, Carlson Building Maintenance and Eurest Services.

“We contract with vendors to do our housekeeping services. Those [with questions] should reach out to those vendors directly and ask them about it. None of these housekeepers are actually Target employees," Target spokeswoman Amy Reilly told the Star Tribune Friday. “We do meet regularly with our vendor services and the contracting teams and audit them regularly. We have very stringent ethical and business standards, and if they are not abiding by them, we take various actions. That is our routine and continues to be the case.”

In February, 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.

Last week, Anisca Floor Maintenance in Rochester signed agreements not to interfere or oppose any effort by its employees to form a union, according to CTUL's website.

Next Up

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan continues his dominant September

The right-hander struck out 11 batters in a victory over the Cubs.

Mounds view 9 - crime scene

Man who allegedly shot at police dies after being struck by squad vehicle

The unidentified individual fired shots at police following an alleged domestic disturbance, police say.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to Gersson Rosas firing: 'WTF'

The Timberwolves star was just as surprised as everyone else

Mounds View shooting incident 1 - county sheriff - crop

Deputy uses squad car to ram armed assault suspect, sheriff's office says

The man had fired multiple shots at officers, striking two of their vehicles, authorities said.

Daniel Carlson

Ex-Viking Daniel Carlson has become one of the NFL's best kickers

Carlson has been automatic since joining the Raiders.

Dustin Sundin crop

'Vulnerable' adult missing after leaving with family member's dog, phone

Authorities found footprints in a creek bed, but haven't been able to locate the man.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

Police 'use of force' incident reported in Mounds View

The Minnesota BCA is investigating, with more details expected soon.

vaccine, covid

The 8 Minnesota counties still below a 50% vaccination rate

Fewer than half of all vaccine-eligible individuals in these areas have received at least one shot.

Dave Simonett Trampled by Turtles

Trampled By Turtles singer responds to complaints about concert vax requirements

Some of TBT's recent appearances have required proof of vaccine/negative test.

BMTN - Target drive up bag booze

The 5 cent charge for carryout bags is coming back in Minneapolis

The ordinance was suspended at the start of the pandemic.

Related