In the Community – Retail Janitors’ Victory

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This week Twin Cities retail janitors organizing with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL; Center of Workers United in Struggle) announced that after six years of organizing for better wages and working conditions, workers have won a union. This victory is a direct result of the cutting edge organizing and leadership of retail janitors organizing with CTUL, a workers’ center based in the Twin Cities that develops the leadership of low-wage workers to be leaders in their workplaces and communities.  

“With this victory, the Twin Cities becomes the first major metropolitan area in the country where retail janitorial work as an industry is union,” said CTUL Co-Director, Veronica Mendez Moore.

Retail janitors have accomplished something that many have thought impossible – unionizing an industry that is widely known for paying poverty wages and unsafe working conditions.

At a press conference on Thursday, Maricela Flores, CTUL member and retail janitor, said, “When I got involved with CTUL, I started to realize that things could change.”

Headwaters Foundation is a proud supporter of CTUL and its members. Their work to build power for and with low-wage workers is having a deep impact on the movement for economic and racial justice here in the Twin Cities and across the country.

Read more about CTUL’s victory in The Guardian’s “Twin Cities janitors declare victory in union fight after 44-month campaign.”