Building Security Officers Ratify New 4-Year Contract

April 18, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NEW YORK CITY — Private security officers who protect many of the city’s commercial buildings — including many in Brooklyn — have voted unanimously to ratify a new four-year contract that protects their family health care and increases wages, according to a spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 32BJ.

“In a difficult economy, we won a strong contract with wage increases in every year of the agreement while maintaining quality health coverage for our members and their families,” said SEIU 32BJ Secretary-Treasurer Hector Figueroa. “This settlement maintains good jobs for working New Yorkers to strengthen our communities.”

SEIU 32BJ reached agreement on the new deal on March 28 with the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, which represents major building owners.

32BJ represents more than 10,000 security officers who protect commercial office buildings, higher education facilities, government facilities, museums, libraries and stadiums in the city  — 1,157 security officers work in Brooklyn; about 3,300 of them live in Brooklyn.

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“From the beginning, 32BJ has worked to alleviate the poverty wages and minimal training standards that have long plagued this industry,” Figueroa said. “Renewing strong contracts for security officers who are members of our union goes hand-in-hand with continuing to work with non-union security officers to create a path so they could lift themselves out of poverty.”

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