SEIU Security Officers Approve Historic Contract [Progress Illinois]

from Progress Illinois, 4/23/2013

SEIU* security officers have reached an agreement with the Building Owners and Manager’s Association (BOMA), voting unanimously for a three-year contract that went into effect Sunday.

The contract secures annual wage increases for the security officers and keeps comprehensive family health insurance intact for the workers and their families.

“When responsible companies do their part and invest in good jobs with family health care and a livable wage, our whole city benefits,” said Tom Balanoff, President of SEIU Local 1. “This three year agreement will boost our local economy in the communities that need it most. Now we will call on employers in the suburbs to follow BOMA’s lead and invest in good jobs that support hard working families.”

The workers have been rallying for a fair contract that included a wage increase since March, as Progress Illinois has previously covered. The new contract will bring in more than $4,000 in increased wages for the security officers.

“We worked hard, we persevered, we fought, and we won. Now we can feel a little better about our jobs, and, ultimately, our lives,” said 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.

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