Religious leaders, elected officials said they'd press grocer for a solution.
Supporters of floor cleaners who work at Cub Foods ended a 12-day hunger strike against the supermarket chain Wednesday.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a labor advoacy group that coordinated the hunger strike, said cleaning workers and their supporters agreed to end it after religious leaders and elected officials said they'd press Cub for a solution.
"We're absolutely not ending the struggle," said Veronica Mendez, a CTUL organizer.
Cub, like most local grocery chains, doesn't directly employ floor cleaners; they work for contractors.
"It is our hope [the workers] will reach out to the cleaning companies to discuss any concerns," Siemienas said, adding that Cub met with CTUL in 2010 and said essentially the same thing.
CTUL says the stores are the problem's root: Cleaners' wages and working conditions have been eroded by stiff competition between cleaning firms for supermarket contracts.
CTUL has mounted a protest campaign against Cub for the past few months, with six supporters starting a hunger strike in May. Supervalu last week won a temporary court order barring floor-cleaner protesters from its properties. The hunger strike continued, though, as it was on public property next to a south Minneapolis Cub.
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