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Retail janitors to strike

June 11, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Forty janitors responsible for cleaning retail stores in the Twin Cities say they'll walk off the job unless cleaning companies agree to new contracts that will allow them to officially organize labor unions, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Over the weekend, The Star Tribune reported that the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) was threatening strikes at several Home Depot, Kohl's and Target locations, the article stated.

According to the article, the janitors work for third-party cleaning firms rather than the retailers, but are seeking to pressure the retailer clients of the cleaning businesses.

The CTUL wants to organize the workers, who say cleaning companies often don't pay them for working overtime, the article noted.

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