Workers and Allies Demand Justice from Lunds & Byerly's in Tuesday's Frigid Cold
by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - Wednesday, February 9
Over the course of the past few days, we have seen some telling developments in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, highlighting the need for major retail chains to partner with workers to establish a code of conduct that guarantees an end to human rights violations in retail cleaning.
When workers who clean Lunds & Byerly’s stores went to pick up their paycheck from their employer (National Floor Maintenance) on Saturday, they received a memo stating that “Our customer is constantly looking for savings and we must comply but maintain the equality [sic] of service that is expected from all employees.”
Translation? On Monday, around a dozen workers were fired without notice, and the rest of the workers now fall under the supervision of a manager who has been accused of unprofessional behavior including allegedly sexually harassing employees in the past. This is just the latest development in the downward spiral of wages and working conditions for retail cleaning workers in the Twin Cities, all apparently so that stores like Lunds, Cub Foods and Target can save a little more.