• “Back to scraping by” for security officers at Pitt

    “Back to scraping by” for security officers at Pitt

    As thousands of students returned to the University of Pittsburgh, security officers employed on the campus by U.S. Security Associates rallied to improve jobs and safety in Pittsburgh. The officers who work at Pitt are the lowest-paid in the city, […]

     
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    Security officers building opportunity in Indianapolis

    Indianapolis security officers are leading the way to good, stable jobs in their communities. “What a victory to have established our union,” said Indianapolis security officer Denise Randle. “It’s wonderful to know we won this alongside security officers across the […]

     
  • We Mourn the Loss of New York Security Officer Idrissa Camara

    Security officer Idrissa Camara, a member of 32BJ SEIU, was killed protecting federal workers at 201 Varick in Manhattan on Friday. We join officer Camara’s family and co-workers in mourning this tragic loss. “It broke my heart to see the picture […]

     
  • Is Universal Protection Service a Responsible Contractor for California?

    Is Universal Protection Service a Responsible Contractor for California?

    Security officers working for Universal Protection Service (UPS) in Silicon Valley have sounded the alarm on low wages, wage theft and retaliation for speaking out. Despite organizing their co-workers and bringing their concerns to the company for two years, UPS […]

     
  • Risky Business: Universal Protection Service Acquiring Guardsmark

    Universal Protection Service (UPS), the fourth-largest security contractor in the U.S. and the biggest obstacle to Silicon Valley security officers’ efforts to raise up their community, is expected to acquire another national security contractor, Guardsmark LLC. The news broke last […]

     
  • Married Couple Works to Raise Standards in Security Industry

    Married Couple Works to Raise Standards in Security Industry

    Ben Hartley and his wife Liz are both security officers working for Universal Protection Service (UPS) in Silicon Valley. Despite the region’s booming tech industry, many service workers are not afforded the opportunity to succeed. The couple lives in a […]

     
  • Former UPS Security Officer José Milan: “If you work, you should get paid.”

    Former UPS Security Officer José Milan: “If you work, you should get paid.”

    José Milan always has his community in mind. “I’m studying to become a social worker because I want to give back. I’m an immigrant, and ever since coming to California, I noticed there aren’t enough people to help people from […]

     
  • Wendel to buy AlliedBarton Security Services

    Security officers who work for AlliedBarton in fifteen metro areas have united with SEIU. AlliedBarton is currently being acquired by Wendel, a French private equity company. In a statement provided to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Valarie Long said, “SEIU is optimistic […]

     
  • Four Security Contractors, One Struggle: Working for a Real Solution in Silicon Valley

    Four Security Contractors, One Struggle: Working for a Real Solution in Silicon Valley

    Kalpana Mishra has protected the same warehouse for ten years. She has worked for four different security contractors in that time, and has only received one raise. The single mother of two says her net pay is $1,400 a month, […]

     
  • Inter-Con Security Officers Win the “Impossible”

    Inter-Con Security Officers Win the “Impossible”

    Alarm Monitor Specialist Chuck Loosli (pictured, L) never gave up on improving security jobs for his co-workers. “We went without a union for so long that no one thought this would be possible,” he says, of the conditions for outsourced […]