Twin Cities retail janitors prepare to strike

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 7, 2013 - 8:09 PM

Cleaning workers will fight for better pay and the right to unionize.

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brianjapanJun. 7, 13 9:07 PM

Well I am sure all employees are easily replaceable.

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augsburg54Jun. 7, 13 9:14 PM

1. No one is forcing them to work that job if you don't like your job get a different one. 2. Are the employers doing e-verify? 3. How can janitors be unionized.......right up there with the daycare workers?

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drfranktJun. 7, 1310:40 PM

In union speak, again...If you don't like where you work, leave. Ain't that right, Falcon?

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theruntJun. 7, 1310:44 PM

When the lower stratum gets raises, it helps everyone else get raises.

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cuddles56Jun. 8, 13 7:10 AM

Most janitors get treated in the industry worse than the trash they pick up. And that isn't just retail. Does anyone pay attention to the janitor at a school? Or the housekeeping at a hospital. At a school where I have seen adults first hand just throw stuff on the floor, and there response it's the janitor's job to pick it up. Well unless every household has a paid janitor doing it, pick it up yourselves. Don't blame unions. I would like to know how many people posting here when they drop something, bend over and pick it up. Most won't. So unless you have worked in the field to view there treatment, don't make assumptions.

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martytoilJun. 8, 13 8:44 AM

I for one support their rights to unionize. The downfall of the American dream has coincided with the decrease in unions. It is time to let people join together in the work place for the betterment of the common good.

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chuckdancerJun. 8, 13 9:47 AM

Certainly in America workers have the right to negotiate with their employers if they chose to do so. These worker must be treated like other employees of these retailers. These companies are capable of operating their stores but can't clean them without cheating the workers? Why would there be enough money left over for fat profits for cleaning service operators if it wasn't coming straight from money that should be going to the workers?

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imperial67Jun. 8, 13 9:55 AM

As someone that was a custodian for 10+ years, my experience was that it was hard work, my self and coworkers took pride in doing a good job, and some people treated us as their personal cleanup valet. Easy to comment " if you don't like it get a different job" I say they should be unionized

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