Congratulations to Headwaters’ grantee partner CTUL on their recent trip to the White House!

“Every night, we are surrounded by food as we clean the grocery stores in our community.  Yet often we cannot afford to put enough food on the table for our own families.” – CTUL member

On October 7, 2015, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) Co-Director Veronica Mendez Moore spoke at the White House about the organizing efforts of Twin Cities retail janitors who are fighting for a voice on the job, fair wages and improved working conditions.

Mendez Moore, who was invited to speak at the White House’s “Worker Voice” Summit, talked about the problems that corporations’ increasing use of subcontracting have created for workers, and shared about CTUL’s success in getting Target to release a “Responsible Contractor Policy” that mandates standards for workers employed by contractors for the company.

In an interview with MPR news, Mendez Moore told reporters: "The economy has changed, and large corporations especially are further and further distancing themselves from the responsibility for the wages and working conditions of the workers who produce their wealth.”

CTUL continues to gain national attention because of their innovative and ongoing Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning.

“We know we have a lot of work to do to get working families the conditions they deserve, but Minnesota has been and will continue to be a leader in this fight because we are led by such amazing workers,” said Mendez Moore (Workday Minnesota).

Back in the Twin Cities, while Mendez Moore represented CTUL at the White House, CTUL members rallied at Minneapolis City Hall alongside Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, AFL-CIO, 15now.org, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Working America and others as part of the #MplsWorks campaign. The campaign calls for earned sick and safe time, a fair work week, an end to wage theft and an increased minimum wage.

Headwaters is honored to support this important work.