Downtown Security Officers and Supporters Rally for Good Jobs and a Safer Chicago

***Advisory for Thursday, February 21, 2013***

CONTACT: Izabela Miltko, miltkoi@seiu1.org, 708-655-9681

In the wake of tragic mass shootings and more than 500 gun deaths in Chicago last year…

Downtown Security Officers and Supporters Rally for Good Jobs and a Safer Chicago

Chicago—Hundreds of SEIU Local 1 security officers who secure downtown buildings will rally with supporters at the Thompson Center to kick off their campaign to reduce gun violence and improve Chicago jobs at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 21.

Security officers are the first responders in this increasingly dangerous city. While they put their lives on the line every day to keep the public safe, some security officers make as little as $20,400 a year and most go home to neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. That’s why Chicago security officers are launching a city-wide petition drive in support of President Obama’s legislative proposal to reduce gun violence and uniting for better wages and benefits.

The downtown security officers’ union contract expires April 21. Chicago’s high gun murder rate is directly related to its racialized income and wealth inequality. Improving service jobs, such as security jobs, is a direct route toward improving conditions in these neighborhoods and lowering the murder rate.

What:                 Union Security Officer Rally for Good Jobs, Reduced Gun Violence

Where:               Thompson Center – 100 W Randolph St (Randolph and Clark)

When:                 Thursday, February 21 at 4 p.m.

Who:                     Hundreds of Chicago security officers, elected officials and community allies

Visuals:                Hundreds of downtown union security officers waving signs and banners

Stage and sound system in Thompson Center plaza;
Posters with map of where security officers live overlaid with the homicide heavy neighborhoods of Chicago; and
The rally will close with dancing the cupid shuffle.

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SEIU Local 1 unites 50,000 property service workers in the central United States, including janitors, security officers and residential doormen. Together we work to build strength for all working people, on the job and in our communities.

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