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OSHA receives complaints from Target janitors

January 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Twenty-five Target building cleaners have filed complaints with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging, among other things, that they have not received adequate training in handling cleaning chemicals, according to the Star Tribune.

retail workersThe workers also allege that they are locked in the building when performing their mainly overnight duties, and that they have to find a manager to unlock a door whenever they need to leave the building, the article stated.

"What would happen if a fire were to break out in one of those stores?" said Lucila Dominguez of the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) workers' center in Minneapolis.

According to the article, the cleaners are employed by Carlson Building Maintenance of White Bear Lake and Prestige Maintenance USA of Plano, Texas.

"We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical business practices and we expect our vendors to do the same. Target contracts with regional vendors to provide housekeeping services for all our stores. We take allegations of inappropriate working conditions seriously and complete a thorough external audit of every housekeeping vendor on an annual basis. Target has not received any notification from OSHA," said Target in a statement.

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