FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Thursday, March 29, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Elected officials, community and faith leaders, union members, workers, students and activists from across the city rallied in LOVE Park to celebrate a union organizing drive that will transform 3,000 security jobs into family-sustaining jobs in Philadelphia.
“With our nation’s economy still in trouble – and about 25 percent of Philadelphians living in poverty – it’s more important than ever that hardworking families have good-paying, stable jobs,” stated Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. “Now these workers will have the chance to earn a decent wage and have the health care that they need to support and care for their families.”
These 3,000 security officers seeking better wages and benefits will bring millions of dollars to Philadelphia and our communities. US workers have not seen any real increase in pay in years, and the average Philadelphia worker has lost fifty cents per hour since 2007.
“Securing wage increases and healthcare is not only a significant victory for the city’s security officers, but it also demonstrates that when workers come together and unionize they can bring about a path to the middle class,” said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale. “We encourage all of the security companies in the city to work with SEIU32BJ to create family sustaining jobs for security officers in Philadelphia.”
A majority of security officers across the city at major universities, institutions and office buildings in Center City are organizing with SEIU 32BJ.
“Too many workers in Philadelphia are working hard every day but are not able to make ends meet. That’s why I’m fighting for good jobs for our communities,” said Kobra Oden, a security officer at Temple University Hospital and a member of the SEIU 32BJ Philadelphia Security Organizing Committee. “I work hard and I take pride in my job. At the end of the day, I just want to be able to provide for my family and contribute to my community.”
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