As you may know, our friends at Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) have been working for improved wages and working conditions for retail cleaning workers across the Twin Cities. CTUL has for some time, been calling on Diversified Maintenance which employs workers who clean Sears, Kmart, Target and Best Buy stores across the Twin Cities, to meet with their employees to discuss fair wages and safe working conditions.
In October 2011, ten Minnesota workers filed a lawsuit against Diversified, charging that the company required many of them work up to 80 hours per week without overtime pay. And last month, seventeen Diversified workers filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) alleging violations of their right to a safe workplace.
These types of allegations are, unfortunately, not new. Earlier this year CTUL uncovered that Diversified Maintenance Systems has had six lawsuits and one Department of Labor investigation alleging violations of Wage and Hour Law just in the past five years.
It’s time for us to stand with our brothers and sisters at CTUL to call on Diversified Maintenance System to meet with the workers. Join us on September 29th for the CTUL Day of Action & Reflection to stand up for justice for retail cleaning workers! We’ll march outside the Kmart store in Minneapolis for the action, and then hold a convening to reflect upon this campaign and other successful social justice campaigns from across the country.
CTUL Day of Action & Reflection
September 29th, 2012
8:30am – 10:00 am Action
Please gather behind the Kmart store at 29th St & Nicollet Ave, Mpls for the action
10:30 am – 3:00 pm Reflection
Transportation to the convening provided to Lyndale United Church of Christ
610 W 28th St (28th St & Lyndale Ave S) Mpls