On Wednesday, February 10, environmental organizations including the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action joined Local 26 members at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda to pledge their support for a possible strike by Twin Cities janitors should we be forced to call for one over unfair labor practices.
In addition to a public endorsement, they pledged to turn out members to picket lines, donate material support, and engage their own members in our public campaign for green jobs!
Also joining us were Bill McCarthy, President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, and Rhys Ledger from Teamsters Local 120, who gave us their full support and pledged to honor our picket lines if it comes to a strike.
Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff hailed our campaign for good, full-time green jobs with affordable health care. Janitors want to make green cleaning the norm in the Twin Cities by using only products with green chemicals that are safer for workers, tenants, and the environment; and support transitions to day shift cleaning that could save building owners millions in energy costs and reduce the carbon footprint of hundreds of buildings.