Security Officers and Window Cleaners Kick Off 2007 Contract Campaign

On Saturday, November 10th, over 130 Security Officers, Window Cleaners, and
community supporters packed into a union meeting to kick off our 2007 Contract
Campaign. The Security Officers and Window Cleaners of our union, SEIU Local 26, elected their
bargaining teams and voted unanimously to ratify their contract goals for
upcoming negotiations.

Our security officers’ bargaining team will represent officers from contractors
in both Minneapolis / St. Paul and the suburbs, including: ABM, Allied
Barton
, American, Avalon, Securitas,
and Viking. The window cleaners’ bargaining team will represent cleaners from contractors Columbia, Marsden, and MSI. We come to the
bargaining table in a spirit of collaborative problem-solving to seek win-win
solutions to workplace issues. As always, providing quality service is a
paramount concern to all parties.

Our contract goals reflect national standards for all
property service workers to raise standards in our industry. Twin Cities
officers now join thousands of security officers in San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Washington, DC
in bargaining for these standards across the country, and janitors here in the
Twin Cities made significant progress towards them last year. They include:

·        
Affordable
Healthcare for Ourselves and Our Families

·        
Income that Can
Support our Families

·        
Improved Training
and Safety

Achieving these goals will be a win-win result for all
involved by helping to reduce turnover and increase the quality of service as a
result, leading to greater tenant satisfaction.

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