On Halloween Eve and nearly a year after kicking off their fight for a voice on the job with union rights…
Downtown Security Officers in Halloween Costumes Tell their Scariest Security Stories About Detroit’s Most Prominent Bedrock Buildings
Security Officers detailed deceitful $15 wage increase and safety issues…
Today, security officers in Halloween costumes, joined by SEIU Local 1 janitors, community allies and labor leaders, gathered in front of One Campus Martius to reveal the spooky, yet real, tales of deceit and safety issues they experience on the job.
“It’s scary being put out here on the streets in the middle of the night without the necessary tools or protocol to fulfill our commitment of protection,” said SecurAmerica officer Mary Epps. “I leave my three young daughters home at night to protect the streets of downtown Detroit not knowing if I will make it back to them. While Bedrock is getting treats like millions in tax breaks, I’m struggling to support my family.”
Nearly a year after first kicking off their fight for a voice on the job with union rights, security officers are still forced to work under unsafe conditions that put themselves and building tenants at risk every day. As rally participants were dressed in Halloween costumes, Local 1 superhero, 1D Woman, made her debut to protect security officers and the community from irresponsible developers like Bedrock. The event came on the heels of the ProPublica article titled “How a Tax Break to Help the Poor Went to NBA Owner Dan Gilbert,” highlighting how downtown Detroit districts containing Bedrock development projects are benefiting from tax breaks intended to help the poor.
“Bedrock is receiving millions of dollars in tax breaks meant to help our struggling neighborhoods,” said SecurAmerica Officer Rashad Warren. “But they tricked Detroit into believing they raised our standards with $15 while still posting those same jobs hiring at $12.50.”
While it is their responsibility and commitment to protect citizens at some of downtown Detroit’s most prominent buildings, such as One Campus Martius, First National, and 1001 Woodward. They are fighting to build One Detroit, a city in which all hardworking people can participate in the city’s resurgence with a union and the training and benefits they need to survive.