Columbus Security Workers: We Need More Training [Fox 28 Columbus]

by Dana Jay, May 7, 2013

COLUMBUS (Dana Jay) — Security officers in the building where thousands of people, including the governor, go to work say they have not been properly trained by the company that hired them.

The guards, who are employed by Universal Protection Services, work in the Riffe and Rhodes office towers on Capital Square.

Gov. John Kasich, members of the House of Representatives, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Treasurer Josh Mandel, and hundreds of state employees work in the high-rises.

According to Service Employees International Union Local 1, which filed a complaint with the state on behalf of the officers, Universal Protection Services is required by it’s contract with the state to provide quarterly training for employees.

Nine workers signed affidavits to support the complaint in which they claimed the company had not provided quarterly training or training specific to screening packages. Officers also indicated that employee turnover is compromising security.

The complaint comes as the officers work towards unionizing.

Universal Protection Services provided a statement Tuesday, which read in part:

“We are addressing recent allegations from SEIU local 1 with the State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services, as we believe it is important to handle any alleged security issues at public buildings in a confidential manner.”

The company goes on to say it is “proud of the work our security professionals perform each day.”

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