Report: Target issues guidelines for store janitors hired by outside vendors

New York — Target Corp. is introducing a new policy by imposing new rules on the cleaning companies it hires to clean its stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Businessweek reported.

Target’s Twin Cities janitorial vendors will be required not only to comply with federal and Minnesota labor laws but also to give workers the option of at least one day off each week, and invite unions to meet at least once a year with management, according to a Target memo the labor group Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha gave to Businessweek. Also, each vendor — unless released from the obligation at Target’s discretion — is instructed to reach deals with labor groups that want to represent their workers, the report said.

"This is the first policy of its kind in the retail janitorial industry," said Veronica Mendez, co-director of Minneapolis-based labor organization Center of Workers United in Struggle (CTUL), in a news release.

CTUL, a Minnesota labor group supported by the Service Employees International Union, has been calling on Target for four years to raise standards for workers who clean Target stores, but are paid by  Target vendors.

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