WHAT: A rally to demand a fair contract for security officers who are always there for the public.
WHEN: April 28, 2016 at 4pm
WHERE: Bryant Park (41st St & 6th Ave in Manhattan)
WHO: New York security officers will be joined by 32BJ members – doormen, school and office cleaners, airport workers, and others – 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, NY elected officials and community supporters.
NEW YORK – 32BJ security officers protect some of the city’s most iconic sites, including the 9/11 Memorial, The New York Public Library, Time Warner Center and hundreds of other office, university and infrastructure buildings across the city. As their contract expiration looms, the potential of security strikes in the city rises.
Contract talks between 32BJ and the employers for thousands security officers in New York have been ongoing since February. On April 25, a tentative security agreement was reached with the Realty Advisory Board, representing major building owners and property services contractors .
The contract for the remaining 32BJ security officers in New York will expire on April 30. Employer representatives and the Union bargaining committee are still in talks, but with just four days until the contract expires, the contractors want to deny 32BJ security officers a fair pay raise and affordable health insurance options.
Should the security officers and their employers fail to come to an agreement, the remaining officers could go on strike, potentially affecting sites all over the city.
With 155,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., including 70,000 in New York City, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.