Security Officers

Security Officers at United States Office of the Inspector General Hold One-Day ULP Strike

Eagan, Minn – The security officers who are contracted to protect the United States Office of the Inspector General in Eagan are holding a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike today. To maintain profits, the security agency that employs the dozen workers at this high-security facility made a change in compensation that would be the equivalent of a $4.27 per hour pay cut. This move has meant dramatic cuts for the officers charged with protecting this vital building.

 

Local_26_USO_Inspector_General_rs“With this cutback, my family can no longer afford the rent. My husband has a disability, so I am the only one working, and this drastic cut has been incredibly hard on us. Because of this plan, we are having to move in with my daughter. This is a nightmare,” said Laurie Mattson-Collier, who has worked at the site since 2003. “We do important work, and it is hard to believe that we are being treated this way. If this continues, we are going to lose even more of the people who provide excellent security here. This plan is hurting families and is bad for this high-security building, which is why we are out on strike today to fight back.”

The group, represented by SEIU Local 26, stood strong together in their fight for a fair deal that would ensure a safe environment for the Office of the Inspector General, a part of the United States Postal Service.

“We are on strike today due to the financial hardship that Command Security Corporation (CSC) has put on the officers at this vital site.  Because of what they did, I’ve heard stories about some of my co-workers even having to put insurance premiums on their credit cards,” said Vicky Berg, who has worked at the site for eight years. “This is how they treat experienced, dedicated employees who are the first line of security for such a vital building? We can’t let this happen to us and can’t let this happen to this important job, which is why we chose to take the step to go on strike today.”

Before Labor Day the security officers reached an agreement with the company on a “win-win” solution that all sides agreed on, but less than a week later the company backed out in an act of bad faith. Upon hearing the news, the security officers voted to go on strike.

The strike comes as over 4,000 nurses enter the second week of their own ULP strike. Like the nurses, the majority of the workers at this facility are women and are fighting against cutbacks that will hurt families and our communities.

There are currently no bargaining sessions scheduled.

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SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 4,200 janitors, 1000 security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally and over 1.9 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.

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SEIU Local 26 Leadership Assembly 2016

It’s time for our annual SEIU Local 26 Leadership Assembly!

The Leadership Assembly will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Union Hall (1620 Central Ave NE #177, Mpls) from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The assembly is open to all Local 26 members.

Per our constitution, elected stewards will vote on the plan and budget, but all members are encouraged to attend and be a part of the discussion. If you plan to attend, please be familiar with the following documents before Saturday’s meeting:

Dues Info – English

Info de las cuotas – español

 

Year in Review & Proposals – English

El año en revisión & Prioridades para 2016 – español

 

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Security Officers Ratify Historic Agreement with 92.5% Approval!

The contract, covering 2,000 security officers, will see some Twin Cities workers receiving a 50% raise over the four year contract.

 

Fighting_to_Live_banner_rsMinneapolis, Minn— Twin Cities security officers with SEIU Local 26 ratified a ground-breaking new contract! All current officers will achieve a minimum of $15 an hour wage and all future officers will be on a path to do the same. The contract also won more sick days, an improvement in healthcare cost for families and for the first time ever combines the Suburban and Downtown contracts to create more equity. The agreement will give substantial raises over the course of the contract for all of the over 2,000 security officers who protect buildings around the Twin Cities that house some of the most prominent and wealthy corporations in the country.

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James Matias, a security officer and SEIU Local 26 Executive Board member from St. Paul who was on the bargaining committee, saw firsthand how officers in the union stood together to win this pioneering contract.

“Security officers in the Twin Cities fought hard for this contract, and are proud that we have won such an impressive victory for thousands of working families. Some security officers are currently at $10 an hour, so a jump to $15 by the end of the contract will result in a 50% pay increase, which will be a huge change,” said Matias, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and kids. “We fought to make sure that all workers in our union are given the chance to have the pay and benefits that ensure we can support our families. We won gains for all members, but we remained unified that everyone should have the basic dignity of fair pay for their hard work. In an area as wealthy as the Twin Cities, as we protect some of the most affluent businesses in the world, all working people should be able to provide for their families. This contract is a huge step in the right direction and we are now ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with janitors and other workers in their fight.”

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Local 26 Security Officers have reached a historic Tentative Agreement!

Click here to download the Full Tentative Agreement

Ratification vote will be February 20th, 11am at the union hall.  If you can’t make the vote, absentee ballots are available. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot is 2/19/16 at 12:00pm. 

Absentee Voting is Now Closed. If you still wish to vote, please attend public meeting Saturday Feb 20th at 11:00am. 1620 Central Ave NE #177, Minneapolis

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Twin Cities Security Officers with SEIU Reach Tentative Agreement on Landmark New Contract, Win $15 for All Officers

The contract, covering 2,000 security officers, will see some Twin Cities workers receiving a 50% raise over the four year contract

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Minneapolis, Minn— Twin Cities security officers with SEIU Local 26 reached a tentative agreement for a ground-breaking new contract late Wednesday night. All current officers will achieve a minimum of $15 an hour wage and all future officers will be on a path to do the same. The contract also won more sick days, an improvement in healthcare cost for families and for the first time ever combines the Suburban and Downtown contracts to create more equity. The agreement would give substantial raises over the course of the contract for all of the over 2,000 security officers who protect buildings around the Twin Cities that house some of the most prominent and wealthy corporations in the country. Members will vote to ratify the contract in the next few weeks. The agreement comes as the janitors with SEIU Local 26 have voted to authorize a strike if a fair contract is not reached for the 4,000 janitors represented by the union.

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James Matias, a security officer and SEIU Local 26 Executive Board member from St. Paul who was on the bargaining committee, saw firsthand how officers in the union stood together to win this pioneering contract.

“Security officers in the Twin Cities fought hard for this contract, and are proud that we have won such an impressive victory for thousands of working families. Some security officers are currently at $10 an hour, so a jump to $15 by the end of the contract will result in a 50% pay increase, which will be a huge change,” said Matias, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and kids. “We fought to make sure that all workers in our union are given the chance to have the pay and benefits that ensure we can support our families. We won gains for all members, but we remained unified that everyone should have the basic dignity of fair pay for their hard work. In an area as wealthy as the Twin Cities, as we protect some of the most affluent businesses in the world, all working people should be able to provide for their families. This contract is a huge step in the right direction and we are now ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with janitors and other workers in their fight.”

The agreement comes just over a week from the strike deadline set by Twin Cities janitors who are also represented by SEIU Local 26. Unlike security officers, employers on the janitorial side have stalled, delayed and intimidated workers fighting for a fair agreement, which lead to the January 23rd unfair labor practice (ULP) strike authorization vote. The janitorial bargaining committee set a Feb 14th strike deadline for a fair contract. If there is not a fair contract by that date, the committee could call an ULP strike at any point.

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SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 6,000 janitors, security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally, and over 2 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.

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Membership Vote – July 26!

The Leadership Assembly ratified the proposed plan for 2014, and created a subcommittee to propose a specific increase in our revenue. This subcommittee presented its proposal back to the stewards on June 14th.The full membership  vote over this proposal to make our union stronger by increasing our revenue, will be July 26th.  Details on the proposal were mailed to all members, and you can get more information by  talking to your steward, or come to the union hall at 706 1st Street N, Minneapolis.

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Proposals for 2014 Leadership Assembly


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Affordable Care Act and Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act and Open Enrollment

Our annual open enrollment period is here and runs now through October 31, 2013. This is the time when all eligible full time employees can enroll or make changes to their healthcare plan. This year, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there are understandably a lot more questions and confusion than in previous years. We’d like to help make this process as easy as possible, so here’s some information you need to know.

Remember, due to healthcare reform, all adults are required to have health insurance coverage by 01/01/14!

For most Local 26 members, the easiest to obtain and most affordable coverage available will be the union healthcare plan. If you are already enrolled, and don’t need to make any changes or add any dependents to your plan, you do not need to complete a new enrollment form. You coverage will simply continue into the next year with the new benefit improvements included.

Benefit Improvements:

·         Elimination of the annual cap on medical insurance: The current $100,000 calendar year benefit maximum is replaced with an “unlimited” benefit maximum. The rest of the medical insurance plan (through Cigna) will remain the same.

·         Elimination of the annual cap on prescription drugs: The current $5,000 calendar year benefit maximum is replaced with an “unlimited” benefit maximum. The rest of the prescription drug benefit (through Caremark/CVS) will remain the same.

·         Improved Dental: The current plan pays for services on a “fixed schedule” basis, often leaving us with big bills. The new plan (through Delta Dental) will pay for services on a “percentage” basis, which means less out of pocket costs for you.

·         Vision coverage included: The current plan offers no vision coverage, but starting in 2014 the new benefit for vision care (through Cigna Vision) will include a yearly exam and new glasses or contact lenses once a year.

If you are not currently enrolled, all eligible full time employees should have received an enrollment packet by 10/01/13. If you have not received an enrollment packet, please call the union hall at 855-265-6225.  Your enrollment form must be completed and returned to your company’s human resources department no later than 10/31/13.

Part-time workers, spouses, and others not covered on the union plan: Our union healthcare plan will not offer coverage for part-time workers or spouses, so it is important for you to learn about coverage options available through the “healthcare exchange” which may have subsidies available to help afford the necessary coverage. These and other options will be discussed at our upcoming healthcare fair.

Union Healthcare Fair:If you have any questions about the healthcare benefits through our union, or if you want to sign up for new state programs which may cover part-time workers and spouses who are not covered by our union healthcare plan, come to our Local 26 Healthcare Fair. Saturday October 19: 10am-6pm, Sunday October 20: 12pm-3pm, and Monday October 21: 6am-6pm. The location will be our Local 26 Union Hall located at 706 1st St N, Minneapolis, MN. Please contact Barbara Zeiss 202-730-7548 or Barbara.Zeiss@seiufunds.org or the Local 26 hall at 855-265-6225 if you have any questions about your health care benefits.

 

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Workers Vote to Ratify New Contracts, Celebrate A Win for Working Families

Minneapolis, MN – After two months without a contract, hundreds of hours of negotiations, and a one-day strike, today SEIU Local 26 janitors and security officers voted to approve new contracts which will help strengthen the middle class in the Twin Cities.

“This is a major victory for working families,” said Margarita Del Angel Lopez, a janitor who works at the IDS Center in Minneapolis. “We work hard to support our families, we fought hard against cuts that would have destroyed thousands of jobs. This shows that when we stand together, we can move forward together. These are the best contracts in the history of the local service sector industry.”

“Suburban security officers have been working for years without a raise,” said Fred Anthony II, a security officer from St Paul. “Some of them haven’t had a raise in up to eight or 10 years. This is the first time they have guaranteed contracts, guaranteed health care, guaranteed job security. It helps bring them out of poverty.”

More than 6,000 janitors and security officers won $1.20 raises over three years, which will pump $48 million into local communities. They also protected stable, full-time positions for thousands of workers. In addition, janitors and security officers secured better employer-based healthcare coverage, which will enable workers to access affordable coverage, rather than be forced to rely on public programs paid for by taxpayers.
This marks the first contract for 1,000 suburban security officers who formed their union with SEIU Local 26 in January 2011 – in addition to getting raises for the first time in years, they gained employer-based healthcare coverage for the first time ever.

“So often, we see the rich get richer, while the rest of us continue falling behind,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26. “Seeing working people win is a very important thing. It’s a beautiful thing. And so congratulations to all of our members who worked hard for this win. Together, we are working toward a better future for all of Minnesota, where people who work for a living are able to make a living. We showed that the labor movement is alive and well in Minnesota.”

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After 1 day strike, Security Companies agree to same standards that Janitors won!

American settled early Wednesday morning, G4S, Whelan, Securitas, Viking and Allied Barton settled Thursday.

Our Tentative Agreement on a 3 year contract includes:

-A first contract for 1000 officers in the suburbs that have fought for more than 8 years for a union. Now all of the language protections enjoyed by officers downtown, will also be shared by suburban officers.

Raises of $1.20 over 3 years:
Downtown — Suburbs
3/1/13 $0.50— $0.30
3/1/14 $0.35— $0.30
3/1/15 $0.35— $0.30
8/1/15 $0.00— $0.30

– Protecting full time jobs through new limits on subcontracting
– Vacation Roll over of up to one week
– Disability pay increased to 49% of income, for up to 12 weeks
– Additional sick day 2 after 3 years, and 3 after 5 year
– Improved Health insurance for individuals for $35 per month, and $240 for children, on our union plan. We eliminated the annual inpatient caps and the pharmacy caps. The suburbs currently have a mix of no health insurance or expensive employer plans, and now those officers will also get the better union plan at $35/mo by the end of the contract.
– Better protection from arbitrary “client requests”
– Stronger, faster grievance procedure, including Written warnings out of your file after 1 year.

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