Demonstrators Block Minneapolis Intersections in Campaign for Fair Wage

Demonstrators blocked several downtown Minneapolis intersections Thursday morning as part of a week of activities focused on higher wages, corporate responsibility and end to income disparities.

The day began with a strike by non-union janitors, members ofCTUL(link is external), Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha/Center of Workers United in Struggle, who clean retail stores such as Macy’s. They were joined in picketing by a number of elected officials, including Minneapolis City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden.

Workers are calling on cleaning companies “to open sincere dialogue regarding fair wages and ending wage theft in the industry.” On Tuesday, CTUL announced a $425,000 settlement in a lawsuit by workers who alleged they were cheated out of pay by Capital Building Group Services, a cleaning contractor for Macy’s and Herberger’s stores.

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