Invisible Army Under Assault, Again

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Minneapolis, MN. February 8, 2011. The invisible army of workers that toil at night to clean our grocery stores, office buildings and retail stores are under attack again. The companies hire subcontractors to hire the workers so the main company can wash their hands of mistreatment of the workers. CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha) – The Center of Workers United in Struggle, represents the cause of these workers. Today this is a specific grievance against Lunds & Byerley’s for maltreatment of workers, arbitrary firing and sexual harassment. Even though Lunds claims a civic responsibility for the well being of all workers, Their position is that this is a problem for the subcontractor.

Ten years ago cleaning workers were paid $10 to $12 an hour; today the normal wage is $7.25 and lower if the contractor can get away with it, A group of Lunds & Byerley’s cleaning people rallied in front of corporate headquarters with an outside air temperature of about 3 degrees, chanting and banging pans in their plea for worker justice,

Even though Lund Food Holdings claimed the workers had no standing since they were employees of a subcontractor, the group left a letter for CEO Russell Lund III.

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Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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