While Chicago’s security officers protect corporations that generate more than $500 billion a year, most of them go home to the most dangerous and economically depressed communities in the city. Starting in January, a dedicated security brigade took to the streets to rally support as they fought for fair wages. On April 20th, security officers unanimously approved a new union contract that preserves their ability to support their families. About 2,000 officers and their families will benefit from more than $4,000 in increased wages and access to family health care over the next three years. Together, the officers will bring $8.9 million into the local economy, pumping much needed resources into our city’s struggling neighborhoods. Winning the highest wage increase in SEIU Local 1 Security history, downtown security officers fought hard for good jobs and a safer Chicago… and they won.
“We worked hard, we persevered, we fought, and we won. Now we can feel a little better about our jobs, and, ultimately, our lives,” says Tonya Yarbrough, a security officer at the Chicago Stock Exchange. “This contract is not going to fix our neighborhoods overnight; but if we come together and fight for our neighborhoods the way that we fought for our jobs, we can make a safer Chicago.”