Cleaners at Cub Foods Demand Accountability after Leader is Fired
UPDATE: Thursday's 11am press conference/protest has been moved to Bethany Lutheran Church at 2511 E. Franklin, due to the explosion of a natural gas line at 60th and Nicollet this morning.
Protesters Assaulted by Cub Security Guards -- Action and Announcement Planned for Thursday, March 17
Mario Colloly Torres is a father, husband, and cleaner at Minneapolis Cub Foods grocery stores. He's also a leader in the Centro de Trabajadores en Lucha (Center of Workers United in Struggle, or CTUL) Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, and was part of the campaign's March 2 delegation to Cub Foods corporate headquarters in Stillwater. Just two days later, like many a labor leader before him, Colloly was fired by Cub and Carlson Building Maintenance in retaliation for over a year of organizing.
Workers and allies of CTUL have engaged in a number of protests since then, demanding Cub sign on to a code of conduct and reinstate the fired leader Colloly. On Tuesday, March 15, they held a nonviolent picket and guerrilla theatre action and as seen in this video from CTUL, a security guard assaulted and pepper sprayed the group, sending one woman to the hospital. Workers will meet again outside Cub at 5937 Nicollet Avenue at 11am on Thursday, calling again on the company to end human rights abuses at its stores and announcing a next step in the campaign.
Below: Press Release from CTUL | Read more reports with photos at CTUL.net