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SEIU-Represented Twin Cities Security Officers In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Reach Tentative Agreement On Landmark New Contract, Win $15 For All Officers

The Contract, Which Covers 2,000 Security Officers, Will See Some Twin Cities Workers Receiving A 50% Raise Over The Four-Year Contract

Published Sunday, February 7, 2016

(MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA) - Twin Cities Security Officers represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 have reached a Tentative Agreement for a ground-breaking new contract, Union Officials announced earlier this week.

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 Health Care Costs 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 Janitors represented by SEIU Local 26 voted to authorize a Strike if a fair contract is not reached for the Union’s 4,000 Membership.

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 ‘fought hard’ for this contract and are ‘proud’ that we’ve 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.”

Matias, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and kids, added: “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 the Union Janitors.  Unlike Security Officers, Employers on the Janitorial side have stalled, delayed and intimidated Workers fighting for a fair agreement, which led to the January 23rd Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike Authorization Vote.

The janitorial bargaining committee set a February 14th Strike Deadline for a fair contract.  

If a fair contract is not reached by that date, the committee could call a ULP Strike at any point.

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 more than two million, including Workers employed in Health Care and the Public Sector.

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