As America thanks those who have worn our country's uniform this Veterans Day, the Service Employees International Union's Stand for Security--the nation's largest security officers union--is releasing a report on working conditions for 230,000 veterans in the mostly low-wage security industry.
The security industry is a natural fit for many of our returning military personnel. Private security is a place where veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces can utilize the training, discipline, and skills they learned in the service. Many veterans have extensive medical and combat preparedness experience, which enables them to handle emergencies and stressful situations.
However, many veterans who enter the workforce, including those joining the security industry, face inadequate employment—companies that keep wages low, refuse to provide paid sick leave, and fail to provide access to reliable, affordable healthcare.
When we work together to transform the security industry, we honor our veterans by creating prosperity-boosting careers that use their hard-earned training to protect people and property. And with 1 in 5 security officers a U.S. Veteran nationwide, we improve the quality of service offered by assuring well-qualified, highly trained officers.
When officers are paid good wages and have access to affordable healthcare, we find lower turnover rates—which means a more stable and experienced workforce. By serving our country and our communities, both veterans and our frontline security officers have earned the right to make a living.
When responsible property managers, operation directors and others sub-contract for security, they bear responsibility to use a company that treats all security officers with respect. Investing in a quality company that pays fair wages and benefits honors veterans and officers alike.
Please refer to our Responsible Contractor Guide which lists contractors in your area that meet these high standards. Because finding a good job, that covers your basic needs, should not be a battle our veterans come home to.
After three days of urging security industry clients to choose responsible contractors who back good jobs for America’s veterans, a small brigade of vets is saying goodbye to ASIS 2013 in Chicago. “When clients say yes to responsible contractors who […]
U.S. Marine Warren Reed at ASIS 2013 in Chicago: “A good job is the very least we can do for veterans in the security industry.”
Los Angeles security officer Warren Reed takes every chance he can to help other people. That's why this week the former Marine is in Chicago, urging attendees of the ASIS 2013 security industry convention to support good jobs for 200,000 American veterans now working as security officers.
Philadelphia Security Officer Kevin Upshaw at ASIS 2013 in Chicago: “There should be good jobs for vets because of what they’ve gone through for our country.”
Philadelphia security officer Kevin Upshaw–a member of 32BJ-SEIU–is in Chicago this week urging attendees of ASIS 2013 to support good jobs for our nation’s veterans. The ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2013) is the security industry’s largest […]
Security officers in Portland, Oregon gathered on Veterans' Day with local leaders to highlight the low wages and poor training that many veterans face in the security industry.
Today a grateful nation honors its Veterans. But in its treatment of one New Jersey veteran, U.S. Security Associates has not. For Newark security officer Daniel Pereira, Semper Fidelis, "Always Faithful," is more than just a motto. It's a way of life. After 15 weeks of training as a United States Marine, Daniel learned the meaning of the famous Marine Corps motto along with the core values -- including justice, dependability, integrity, initiative, unselfishness, and knowledge -- that make a U.S. Marine. Then he put those values to the test in Iraq. Daniel came home after 13 months of serving his country. Like other returning service men and women, Daniel ran into a problem. What kind of job was he coming home to?
Veterans and Community Leaders Hold Press Conference About the Need for Good Jobs in Indianapolis’ Security Industry
In Indianapolis yesterday, local veterans were joined by faith and community leaders for a press conference about improving security jobs in the community. Similar to press conferences held in Cincinnati and Portland, security officers who once served in our armed forces stood up and called for the better training, higher pay and affordable healthcare that officers need to do their jobs well.
This week in Cincinnati, Ohio, veterans, armed service personnel and local community leaders held a press conference calling for improved jobs in the security industry - a sector in which many veterans and armed service personnel work as security guards after serving their country.
Hugh Abel: “Whether it’s low wages or the big corporate bailouts, workers these days are getting shafted.”
I think it's time for a change. I remember being able to afford to go places--the stock car races and such--and now you can't. Whether it's low wages or the big corporate bailouts, workers these days are getting shafted. It's time for a change.