***Advisory for Thursday, April 4, 2013***
CONTACT: Leslie Mendoza Kamstra 773-896-7815 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SEIU Local 1 security officers—the vast majority of whom are African American—will hold a brief prayer service followed by a march starting at the Thompson Center at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013. On the first day of bargaining with the Building and Owners Management Association (BOMA) for a new union contract, downtown Chicago security officers are continuing Dr. King’s fight for good jobs and a fair economy. Dr. King was shot and killed while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.
The downtown security officers’ union contract expires on April 21 and directly affects more than 2,000 Chicagoans and their families. Despite working long and difficult hours to keep Chicago safe, security officers are paid below the poverty level for a family and qualify for a host of public assistance programs. The majority of the security officers go home to the most dangerous and economically depressed communities in the city while the corporations they protect generate more than $500 billion a year. Because corporations are paying low wages to full time workers, our vulnerable neighborhoods are suffering from record gun violence and poverty. Chicago security officers are calling on Chicago’s corporate leaders to help realize the vision embodied by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by doing their part to create a city that’s safe and prosperous for all of us.
What: Union Security Officers Pray and March in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St) followed by a march downtown
When: Thursday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Who: Chicago security officers and community allies
Iconic “I AM A MAN” posters in honor of Dr. King’s legacy (as well as “I AM A WOMAN,” and “I AM AN OFFICER”)
Dozens of waving yellow flags
Blown up photographs of Chicago security officers