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CTUL Ends Hunger Strike; Negotiations Planned

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 3, 2011

US Representative Keith Ellison (in red CTUL shirt) and Minnesota Representative Jim Davnie join CTUL hunger strikers on the picket line, Sunday, May 29, 2011.

In all the tumult lately, I forgot to note that the CTUL hunger strike (last mentioned here a few days ago) has ended, with the promise of fruitful labor-management negotiations to come. From the CTUL press release:

On Wednesday June 1st, retail cleaning workers with CTUL and their allies agreed to end a 12-day hunger striker at the request of faith leaders and elected officials who pledged to press Cub Foods management to agree to meet with the workers’ organization to discuss a proposed code of conduct.

Minneapolis Council Member Gary Schiff, State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, State Representative Jim Davnie and members of the clergy spoke before a crowd of approximately 75 workers and supporters. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and ELCA Bishop Craig Johnson issued statements citing concern for the health of the hunger strikers and calling on Cub management to agree to meet with CTUL, whose Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning has sought to reverse years of declining wages and increased workloads.

“These courageous people have sacrificed their health long enough,” Congressman Keith Ellison said in a statement. “In the end, I hope all parties can sit down, talk, and come to a conclusion that ensures these workers’ voices are heard. I will continue to work to get the management involved to meet with the workers and come to a mutually beneficial conclusion.”

This is good.

(Crossposted to MyFDL and Renaissance Post.)

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