Cleaning workers strike for better pay and work conditions

9:19 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A large group of non-union retail cleaning workers walked off the job and onto the picket line Monday night, and are now airing their complaints in front of Target in downtown Minneapolis.

According to CTUL, the organization that organized the one-day strike, the workers are employed by Diversified Cleaning Services, Carlson Cleaning Company and Eurest Cleaning and are alleging unfair labor practices

Workers say they are demanding better wages and working conditions. According the Veronica Mendel with CTUL, workers have faced retaliation for attempting to organize and strike in the past.

Mendel says Diversified, Carlson and Eurest contract with several large companies in the Twin Cities to do cleaning including Target, Home Depot and JC Penny.

Target spokesperson Molly Snyder released a statement Tuesday morning. It reads:

"Target contracts with regional vendors to provide housekeeping services for all our stores and, as such, we do not employ the individuals involved in today's events. At Target, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical business practices and we expect our vendors to do the same."

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