Indianapolis Security Officers Make History!

Newly ratified contract recognizes Indy’s first ever union of Security Officers.

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

INDIANAPOLIS – By a significant margin, Indianapolis security officers ratified their first ever collective bargaining agreement on August 8, 2015. The 4-year contract welcomes the officers to Service Employees International Union Local 1, secures wage increases over the life of the contract, and provides officers access to the best healthcare packages available to them starting next year.

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Officer Robert Smith (Center) and Local 1’s Amy Teitelman (right).

“This is a new day for the security industry in Indianapolis and a huge boost for our local economy,” said SEIU Local 1 Coordinator Amy Teitelman.  “This campaign began in 2010, and to see the hard work of these officers pay off now five years later is yet another piece of the resurgence of organized labor in Indiana.”

The historic contract goes into effect on September 1, 2015 and guarantees:

  • Respect on the job. Under the new contract, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated
  • Grievance and arbitration process. If an officer is unjustly disciplined, or the contract is violated, the employee or union can file a grievance and involve third-party arbitration if necessary.
  • Annual wage increases. Substantial raises each year allowing officers to build a better future for their families over the course of their contract. 
  • Access to quality healthcare. The new contract provides access to healthcare packages with the lowest deductible and most affordable premiums in Indy security history.
  • Vacation and paid time off for full-time officers. Officers now have seven paid holidays and are eligible for vacation pay and personal days.

The officers will join over 600 janitors in the Indianapolis division of SEIU Local 1. The janitors will host a welcoming party for nearly 300 new members on September 12 with allies and elected officials on the guest list.

“This is an historic moment,” said Indianapolis Security Officer Robert Smith. “It took us years to get here, but now we have a good first contract and we’re in great position to grow our union. It’s an important day for security officers, an important day for SEIU, and an important day for Indianapolis.”

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites nearly 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest. SEIU janitors, security officers, food service workers, and others are working with community leaders to advocate for the quality services the public deserves and the good jobs our communities need.

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