Workers who clean Target and other retail stores in the Twin Cities will hold a two-day strike starting Monday to protest working conditions and call attention to their right to form a union. The walkout will include demonstrations and a delegation to the Target shareholders’ meeting.
Fed up with wages so low that they often face eviction, and lack of power to fight for a decent living standard, thousands of New York City fast food workers staged a second 1-day walkout from their jobs, on April 4. The workers, led by the Fast Food Forward, a community-based organizing group, demanded living wages of $15 an hour – barely enough to survive on in New York – and the right to organize without employer interference. It was their second walkout. The first was last November.
Working to change a state law denying them the right to form a union, home health care workers “made it rain” at the Capitol yesterday, streaming more than 1,000 purple cutouts – each representing a home-care worker who has signed up for the union – from the second level onto the rotunda floor.
In yet another Minnesota workplace, an employer has chosen to lock out union workers rather than negotiate a new contract. However, in the case of Snappy Air Distribution Products in Detroit Lakes, the lockout ended after eight days.
The atmosphere at Sisters’ Camelot, a mobile food shelf and kitchen bus based in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, has grown increasingly tense as a labor dispute between the newly-formed canvassers’ union and the collective management enters its second week, workers say.