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4,000 janitors went on strike Monday, and about 1,000 nursing home workers plan the same on Tuesday

The new economics of downtown real estate and the reality of inflation's effects on lower-income workers collided Monday, with more than 4,000 janitors who clean Twin Cities office buildings walking off the job on Monday.

The janitorial workers, waving signs and chanting "We are the union" and "Shut it down," picketed throughout the day Monday in front of several downtown Minneapolis buildings, including Ameriprise Financial, IDS Center, Hennepin County Government Center and the Minneapolis Public Service Building. Lengthy negotiations between their employers and their union, SEIU Local 26, over the weekend failed to resolve differences.

Unless there's a down-to-the-wire agreement, about 1,000 nursing home workers will strike Tuesday. A group of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport workers will follow on Wednesday. About 400 Minneapolis Public Works employees also have authorized a strike. St. Paul teachers could strike next week.


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