Target contract janitors go on strike, picket in downtown Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

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Janitors picket outside the Nicollet Mall Target store this morning.
Yesterday, janitors who clean Target stores announced a two-day strike motivated by what they regard as inadequate pay and benefits, especially in comparison with what janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters receive.

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Some janitors who work for the contractors tasked with keeping Target stores clean reportedly make $8.50 an hour with no health coverage and no paid leave.

According to a Huffington Post report, that's a far cry from compensation for janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters. Those workers make $13.92 per hour, are eligible for health coverage, and receive two weeks of paid vacation, seven paid holidays, and three sick days annually.

There's a picket action happening this morning outside Target's downtown store. The strike and picket were organized by the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a labor organization that has been working to organize 600 retail janitors in Minneapolis and St. Paul for three years, the Nation reports.

Target and the contractors it deals with aren't the only target (pardon the pun) of the strike. Other janitors taking part clean Sears, Kmart, Kohl's, and Home Depot stores but technically work for contractors like Carlson Building Maintenance, Diversified Maintenance Systems, Prestige Maintenance USA, and Eurest Services.

The janitors are technically striking over "unfair labor practices," including alleged union-busting activities. But as CTUL organizer Brian Payne told the HuffPo, "The end goal is to be able to get better wages and better working conditions, and to gain that through winning a union contract."

Here's a number of photos from this morning's picket: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Keira Kleen
Keira Kleen

I'm conflicted. They probably need to be deported but then it is Target.

kennyX
kennyX

I wonder how many are illegal?

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I'm feel for you folks that have to endure the hardship of seeing a sign in a different language, or having to press a button to get to the bank teller that can best serve you. You shouldn't have to do that. After all, you were the winner in the cosmic-accident lottery and your prize was being born here.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

I think Alex nailed it. No one is forcing these people to work there. When you're a janitor you have to understand, and no disrespect to janitors, I have friends who are, but you are working a low ski job and are easily replaceable, son you really have no bargaining power. No education needed for the job, really no qualifications period. When auto mechanics go on strike they at least have some bargaining power, there is at least some skill involved in that field.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

I don't think expecting people to know the language of the country they live and work in is being intolerant. It is really sad when you call a hotline number, like when I call my bank and you have to press 1 for English and so on. This is America isn't it, you don't know the language learn it, it is an individual's responsibility to do so, not the governments to coddle them and make them feel at home. In other countries if you don't know their language you're screwed. And, by the way I am an Atheist so don't try and pull that you're a Christian crap with me.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Welcome to a free market economy. If you don't like your job go find another one. If you don't agree with these businesses then shop elsewhere. The biggest problem I see here is the morbidly obese kid in the cover photo.

Ashley Nicole
Ashley Nicole

Didn't know I had to speak prefect English on fb? Does it really matter? If that's your concerns in this world that you really need to take a look around. And no I do not call myself Christian either. So don't go jumping to conclusions here. I'm sorry but immigrants taking jobs from American people is just wrong. Some our actually citizens which is fine. I don't know much about this but I do know that some places hire immigrants just to have cheap labor. When you take a job they tell you how much you're going to be paid. I suppose with the way you think that you probably think I'm racist now too. I could go on and on about this subject but I've gone far enough with a stupid fb argument.

Nancy Cruise
Nancy Cruise

From your post, I gather that you can barely manage the English language. I suppose you call yourself a Christian too, with your intolerant attitude? Ya Basta = Enough

Jenna Waldrop
Jenna Waldrop

So you cover this protest but not the march against monsanto?

Tywon Rogers
Tywon Rogers

"You Bastards?" Not sure, took Spanish in high school but forgotten everything but the cuss words since then.

Ashley Nicole
Ashley Nicole

So this is the US and I speak English because that is suppose to be our nations language. So what does "ya basta" say???

afunnyguy
afunnyguy

@Kent Erickson wow you really know how to degrade people. I am so glad not to call you amongst my friend. You sir, define arrogant.

qwer
qwer

@Kent Erickson Yeah, but you still feel so entitled as to have everyone else speak the same language as you. You should consider yourself lucky you live in a place where 95 percent of the people speak the same language. if it's really that big of a deal to you. Who gives a fuck if they learn English or not? If they don't, tough luck getting hired for them. If they do, great, easier for everyone.

southmpls86
southmpls86

@Jenna Waldrop Rupar has a longstanding grudge against Target. Given the amount of negative coverage towards them vs. every other Fortune 500 company in the state, and the fact that every single article/blog post on City Pages about Target is written by Rupar, I'd say it's a personal issue.

Onan
Onan

@Ashley Schnider  - Look it up for yourself, I presume you can use an online translator. By the way, the US doesn't have an "official" language.

qwer
qwer

@afunnyguy Why because he is correct? He's stating a fact. Janitorial "skills" are not worth a lot. He isn't the saying these people don't have value as individuals, but their labor "skills" are not worth enough to command any real bargaining power. Try thinking about it for more than a split second.

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