Low-Wage Workers in Roseville Support National Strike

Updated: 08/30/2013 11:37 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Workers on strike Thursday in Roseville.
Workers on strike Thursday in Roseville.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy.

Workers strike nationwide for higher wage and the freedom to form unions.
Workers strike nationwide for higher wage and the freedom to form unions.

Low-wage workers demonstrated Thursday, Aug. 29, in Roseville to show support for fast food workers who are part of a nationwide strike demanding higher pay.

The local action was organized through the Twin Cities worker center Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha. The demonstration, which started 2 p.m. at Snelling Avenue and County Road B, focused on Minnesota companies and included about 30 retail cleaning workers.

In February, Minnesota's retail cleaning workers, who were employed by subcontractors to clean stores like Target, Kohl's and Home Depot, went on a one-day Unfair Labor Practice strike. They also went on a two-day strike in July. Workers were expected to speak Thursday about the successes of those strikes.

Nationwide, workers in more than 30 cities went on strike Thursday as part of a national movement to increase wages and form a union without the fear of retaliation, according to the worker center. Many of those cities are part of the Fight for 15 coalition.

The coalition is asking for their minimum wages to be increased to $15 an hour. The movement started in New York City. Thursday's campaign is expected to be the largest number of cities and workers to go on strike through the movement so far, according to the worker center.

An earlier version of this story stated that workers in Roseville went on strike Thursday. They organized an action to stand in solidarity with the national strike, according to Brian Payne, who helped organize the demonstration.