Columbia University Security Officers Win New Contract
With a new contract that will take effect this week, 160 security officers who are employed by Summit Security to work at Columbia University will see their wages and health care coverage improve dramatically. Under the new four-year contract between Summit Security and SEIU Local 32BJ, wages will rise by as much as 45 percent for many officers, to $14.75 an hour over the next four years.
Along with receiving a significant rise in wages in the first year of their contract, the officers will also get fully employer-paid single health coverage, state-of-the-art security training, paid holidays, vacation and sick days. By year two in the contract, Columbia security officers will also be eligible to receive fully employer-paid family health coverage, retirement benefits and legal assistance through legal services through 32BJ’s Legal Services Fund.
The officers’ contract with Columbia is similar to ones already in place with Fordham and the New School, and is in line with SEIU’s ongoing campaign to raise standards across the industry. Sign on to show your support for basic, common-sense standards for security guards now.