• Sabra Mahrling: “I work hard and I’m always early.  What I’d like to see is decent insurance.”

    Sabra Mahrling: “I work hard and I’m always early. What I’d like to see is decent insurance.”

    Sabra Mahrling works the second shift as a security officer at a computer company in Indianapolis. Although she has eight years of experience as a security officer, she is only paid $10.25 an hour to protect valuable assets and the people who work in the building.

     
  • An Ounce of Prevention

    The “Great Recession” and its aftermath continue to impact our nation’s economy. For many U.S. businesses, demand has shrunk while costs have remained constant or even risen. Meanwhile, competition is as grueling as ever. But as tough as the current […]

     
  • Healthcare Industry

    From theft of prescription drugs and patient records to violence by unstable patients to infant kidnapping, healthcare facilities face many security threats every day. Companies stand to lose millions of dollars as a result of loss of property or increased […]

     
  • Technology Companies

    For today’s tech companies, protecting intellectual property, sensitive information and electronics have become increasingly difficult as threats from hackers, identity thieves, corporate spies and freight hijackers become more sophisticated. In response, tech companies have poured millions of dollars into beefing […]

     
  • Luckendy Benjamin: “Our community needs better jobs.”

    Luckendy Benjamin is a youth minister in Dorchester. He also works as a security officer in a gleaming office tower in Boston. And every day he leaves this wealth and returns to his poverty-stricken neighborhood which reflects the prevalence of low wage jobs with no benefits like those which are found in the security industry.

     
  • Commercial Real Estate

    Real estate owners and managers face unprecedented challenges today. Grubb & Ellis forecasts the 2010 year-end office vacancy rate at between 18.5 percent and 19 percent–the highest on record since the firm began tracking the national market in 1986. The […]

     
  • Gerard Gurrier: “This is our moment.  Let’s make the best of it.”

    Gerard Gurrier: “This is our moment. Let’s make the best of it.”

    When I heard that we could join SEIU 615, I felt relief and I told all my co-workers not to let this opportunity pass by, this is our moment. Let's make the best of it.

     
  • Betty McGuire, Massachusetts Security Officer

    Betty McGuire, Massachusetts Security Officer

    Betty McGuire works at a high-rise office building in downtown Boston. Like many security officers working in the city, Betty protects a multi-million dollar building and its tenants while earning very little herself. She has been with the security company for 3 years. During that time she has received one raise, bringing her hourly wage to $11.35.

     
  • Naomie Remy Dieudonne: “We deserve it, we need it, and together we will make it.”

    Naomie Remy Dieudonne: “We deserve it, we need it, and together we will make it.”

    We are not dogs, but human beings. We need to speak up together and from there our voices will be heard. Let's make noise about health insurance for our family. We deserve it. We need it and it is an imperative to fight for it. Together we will make it.

     
  • Jamall Williams: “We can change these circumstances with a union.”

    Jamall Williams: “We can change these circumstances with a union.”

    I feel trapped where I am for the foreseeable future: living check to check, my banking account always in negative, and hunting for change just to pay for public transportation or food. I believe that we can change those circumstances, as part of the union.