Hartford— 32BJ SEIU has filed a second unfair labor practice charge against SOS Security. Just days after reaching a settlement with the National Labor Review Board, where the security company agreed that it would not engage in illegal surveillance of its employees’ union organizing activities, a company supervisor prohibited a security officer from wearing a union pin on his uniform.
“I felt intimidated because my supervisor kept firing questions at me about my union activity,” said Axel Morales, the SOS Security officer who was told to take off his union pin. “Now that we’ve filed another unfair labor practice charge against the company, I am hoping they’ll finally learn their lesson and let us organize for respect on the job.”
Kurt Westby, Connecticut Area Leader and Vice President of 32BJ SEIU, said, “It’s unfortunate this security company continues to make workers uncomfortable on the job. Our union will continue to help these hardworking men and women seek the justice they deserve.”
SOS security officers marched down Capitol Avenue in Hartford on January 23, soon after filing the first unfair labor practice charge, to protect their freedom to organize free of coercion and commemorate the famous 1968 Memphis sanitation workers rights: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-sos-security-rally-20130123,0,5416617.story
With more than 125,000 members, including 15,000 private security officers, 32BJ is the largest security officers union in the country.