Janitors who clean Macy’s and Herberger’s stores in the Twin Cities filed a class action lawsuit against their employer over a number of issues on Wednesday and have threatened to strike if certain conditions don’t improve.
Black Friday is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season, with an estimated 97 million Americans expected to search for the best deals. However, not everyone was celebrating the nation’s hunt for great deals. A number of cleaning workers for retail outlets walked off the job on Friday to protest unfair labor practices.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 reached a tentative agreement with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association Saturday on a three-year contract.
Hundreds of Twin Cities-area janitors, security guards, airport service workers, and retail cleaning workers gathered at St. Paul Central High School on Saturday for the SEIU Local 26’s Contract Convention to address upcoming contract negotiations.
Half the workers at a janitorial company operating in the Twin Cities are being fired because they failed to provide documents proving they were legally in the U.S., according to their union.