Sunday, March 12, 2017

CTUL Building (and Building)

CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha) is a Minneapolis-based workers' rights center. They organize and develop leadership among people who are often left behind by unions, especially contract janitorial workers and fast food workers. They made history recently by bringing Target to the bargaining table with those contracted janitors (who don't work for Target directly, but instead are employed by the outsourcing companies Target hires to force its costs down).

CTUL is on the front line against wage theft and for the Fight for $15 and paid sick leave.

They also have a newly purchased building that will serve as a secure base for their work (and also houses the up-and-coming tenant organizing group Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia). I got a look at it today.

It's an unassuming spot along Chicago Avenue near 38th street in South Minneapolis.

They decorate their walls with banners from past protests, and which I assume they take on the road as needed.

I don't think I've ever been in an office where they have a stash of drums.

Another banner.

Posters about the killing of Philando Castile.

Solidarity is a major theme.

This one must be pretty recent.

This banner is professionally printed and commemorates CTUL's recent win with Target.

CTUL is currently starting a two-year fundraising campaign to build their leadership development  and organizing base. Donations are welcome.


Pete Hautman said...

Such an unfortunate acronym. Every time I see it I think, "Chuthulu."

Daughter Number Three said...

Huh, I wouldn't have thought of that. I can see it a bit more when I look at the web address, CTUL.NET since that's longer.

They pronounce it kind of like seh-TUHL, if that helps. (I thought it was SAY-TOOL, in my upstate New York accent.)