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Target and striking janitors' group reach an 'open dialogue' about what comes next

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After dozens of janitors staged a protest outside of Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday, representatives for the retail giant met with a coalition representing the workers.

The Pioneer Press reports that after a 48-hour strike and before Target's annual meeting Wednesday in Denver, executives held a "very respectful meeting" for some 90 minutes with members of the Center of Workers United in Struggle, an advocacy group for low-wage workers that is also known by its Spanish acronym CTUL.

"During meetings with members of CTUL, we've listened to their concerns, reaffirmed our standards, stressed our vendor expectations and provided insight into our store processes," Target said in a statement, according to the PiPress. "These continued conversations are an opportunity for both Target and CTUL to help educate one another on our respective positions."

The store cleaners are not Target employees -- they're employed by what Target calls "regional vendors that are contracted to provide housekeeping services at all our stores." The janitors involved also clean Kohl's, Home Depot, Sears and other local stores, but the protests focused on Target, according to the St. Paul paper.

A CTUL rep tells the Pioneer Press: "We came out of it feeling hopeful that we've now got an open dialogue with Target to seek a resolution."

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