• How Low Can U.S. Security Associates Go?

    For U.S. Security Associates, the troubled national security firm, the bar just keeps getting lower. We've mentioned before how the company is driving down standards in the security industry. The company has recently set another low bar in Colorado, where they bid the lowest out of 14 security firms for a contract to protect Larimer County residents -- and won the contract. How could they afford to offer the lowest bid? By slashing wages, getting rid of good jobs that our communities need.

     
  • DC Mayor Withdraws Support for Security Firm

    In a victory for the Washington DC community, Mayor Vincent Gray recently withdrew the contract of security firm U.S. Security Associates, Inc. (USSA). The firm had been awarded contracts to protect the city's public buildings and schools since 2009, and had held an $18 million contract for the past year.

     
  • Miami Security Officers Vote to Authorize Strike Over Unfair Wages

    Security officers in Miami, Florida, have voted to authorize a lawful strike unless their employer, Kent Security, raises their wages to comply with the Miami Living Wage Ordinance. The officers, who work hard to protect Miami's public buildings, called on city officials earlier this year to investigate allegations of wage theft by Kent.

     
  • Safe and Secure: A Path Toward Safer Buildings and Stronger Communities for Indianapolis

    The private security industry is large, fast-growing, and global. Unfortunately, it is also plagued by low wages, high turnover, poor training and lax oversight–all of which put the public, security officers and the sites they guard, at risk. Security officers […]

     
  • USSA Failure is Not an Option for Washingtonians

    Since 2009 U.S. Security Associates (USSA) has provided security at Washington D.C.'s public buildings and schools. Now the Council of the District of Columbia is reviewing USSA's contract for D.C.'s public schools and will soon review the private security company's contract for the rest of the District's public facilities. A look at USSA's track record throughout the country shows how the company has failed to meet the conditions of a responsible security contractor.

     
  • Should USSA/Watkins Be Protecting D.C. Schoolchildren?

    Should USSA and Watkins be trusted with the safety and protection of D.C.'s schoolchildren? For D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, the answer is "yes." Washington reporter Jeffrey Anderson reports that the mayor is urging the D.C. Council to take "prompt and favorable action" to approve and extend USSA/Watkins' multi-million dollar contract, despite knowing the controversial history of USSA. How can this be?

     
  • Miami Security Officers to Kent Security: Stop Cheating Workers and Taxpayers

    A group of private security officers in Miami could receive more than $100,000 in unlawfully withheld pay after filing a complaint against one of the city's contracted security companies. The officers say that they were being paid below the minimum wage set by the Miami Living Wage Ordinance for at least two years while working under a taxpayer funded contract. That means taxpayer money went to the company--not the community.

     
  • Click Here to Fill Out Your Bargaining Survey

    Click Here to Fill Out Your Bargaining Survey

    Now it’s time to start bargaining a contract so we can join with the 1000 Union Officers in Minneapolis and St Paul. Our Next Steps to Winning a Good Contract: 1. Fill out a bargaining survey. 2. Join your co-workers […]

     
  • Pittsburgh Security Officers Seek Higher Training Standards

    Security officers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been working to raise standards and improve their jobs, highlighting the need for better training in the private security industry. In a recent letter of support published in the Pittsburgh Business Times, SEIU 32BJ's Gabe Morgan explains why it's time for security officers to get the training and job improvements they need in order to keep Pittsburgh safe.

     
  • Denver Security Officer Speaks Out For Better Jobs at Citywide Rally

    Denver Security Officer Speaks Out For Better Jobs at Citywide Rally

    In Denver, Colorado, labor unions, activists and community members came together this week to rally in support of workers' rights and to protest the ongoing political attacks against working families. Security officer Mauricio Cacino was among several community members who took the stage to speak out for better jobs in Denver.