Trump and the 1% have made crystal clear their intentions over the next four years – a full corporate take over of our government. Eight men own as much wealth as half of the population of the entire world. But apparently this is not enough. Trump’s proposed cabinet feels like a Who’s Who of Corporate America. And they are trying to distract us from this corporate take-over by scapegoating immigrants and low-wage workers.
In the middle of all of this, CTUL leaders are winning real change: retail janitors organizing with CTUL just won a union, CTUL members are developing a plan to enforce the two of the strongest municipal paid sick days policies in the country, CTUL members are partnering with the Governor’s office to ensure that wage and hour laws are better enforced, and CTUL members prevented retaliation against workers after the Dia Sin Inmigrantes actions. We will not be stopped!
The guiding campaign for CTUL over the past six years has been the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning – and workers won! The Twin Cities has become the first metro area in the country where the retail janitorial industry is union. Through worker-led victories in this campaign, we estimate that $5.5 million in additional income per year is invested in the poorest communities in the metro area. Now we are ready to take this victory to scale – winning a voice with tens of thousands of low-wage workers across the state, and reallocating tens of millions of dollars per year from the 1% back into the pockets of working families in Minnesota.
Our goal is to raise $1.65 million dollars over two years to take the organization to scale by:
- Firmly establishing a low-wage worker-led organizing space with our new office in South Minneapolis. Drop by to get a sense of the power we are building at 3715 Chicago Ave. S.
- Expanding our organizing capacity with four new organizers on the ground developing the leadership of hundreds of new low-wage worker leaders
- Shoring up the organization against potential attacks under a Trump administration
- Developing an Organizing Institute to deeply invest in the leadership of grassroots leaders from organizations across Minnesota
- Integrating arts and movement building with a mural on the outside of the building and rotating shows of community movement artists inside.
YES, I will partner with Mark to invest in CTUL!