Pittsburgh – Legislation was introduced in City Council today calling for the universal training of security officers throughout Pittsburgh on campuses, residential communities, and businesses.
“We are the first people tenants, students, or residents call upon an in emergency situation. We are also the first people first responders look to in a crisis. A universal training program will allow us to respond appropriately when that situation arises,” said University of Pittsburgh security officer, Michael Parker.
This morning security officers, members of 32BJ and supporters attended a hearing to discuss the creation of the safe and secure building legislation.
“This legislation is a step in the right direction creating a safer and securer Pittsburgh for all.” said Sam Williamson, District Director 32BJ. “Low standards in security contribute to high turnover on the job. This measure will bring dignity and respect to the position.”
In the event of an emergency, first responders depend on guards to know the ins and outs of a building. Creating a universal training makes things much easier.
“It’s not if but when an emergency arises that these men and women need to know what to do to assist us in doing our job,” said Firefighter Darrin Kelley. “The goal is to know what to do prior to a major situation taking place.”
Security officers have allies in City Council as was shown today. Seven of the members were on hand to lend their support to the safe and secure building legislation.
“These are the men and women who protect us daily. There is no reason why we should not support this legislation. It is the right thing to do,” said City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess.
With 145,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., including 22,000 in Pennsylvania, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.