Minneapolis, MN — Just after 4:00 a.m., SEIU Local 26 security officers reached a tentative agreement with one of the subcontractors, American Security, after 14 hours of emergency bargaining through the night. American Security is the market leader in the Twin Cities and also based in St. Paul. Due to the tentative agreement, security officers will not be striking against American Security. The remaining six employers would not agree to the tentative deal, however.
Security officers are today launching a one-day strike against the remaining six employers to protect and strengthen the middle class through a fair contract for thousands of workers. The strike – which is a response to unfair labor practices by their employers – was called after some of the employers subcontracted by the corporate elite, including Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Target, walked away from negotiations before reaching an agreement with 2,000 security officers to jointly create stable, full-time jobs.
“Going on strike is a huge sacrifice – none of us want to do this,” said Kevin Chavis, a security officer subcontracted by AlliedBarton for Wells Fargo Center. “But it feels like if we don’t act, there’s not going to be any middle class left. All Minnesotans need fair wages and affordable health care for our families. As a Minnesota company, American Security was able to step up and take care of Minnesotans – the others should follow their lead.”
SEIU Local 26 security officers and janitors voted on February 9 to authorize a strike. After negotiations that lasted more than 31 hours this weekend, 4,000 Local 26 janitors came to a tentative agreement with their employers. Employers came back to the table with security officers Tuesday afternoon; after 14 hours, security officers now have a tentative agreement with American Security; the remaining employers – G4S, AlliedBarton, Securitas, Viking Security, ABM Security, Whelan – have yet to reach a reach an agreement with security officers. The members have been working without a contract since December 31.
Wednesday’s one-day strike comes on day three of the Unlock our Future Week of Action, just a day after non-union retail janitors participated in a strike in front of the downtown Minneapolis Target store.
Twin Cities Security Officers Call One-Day Strike
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A permanent, public picket line will be in place at:
Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th Street | Minneapolis