Twin Cities security officers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26 reached a tentative agreement last Wednesday night on a groundbreaking new contract that includes a $15 minimum wage.
“All current officers will achieve a minimum of $15 an hour wage and all future officers will be on a path to do the same,” the union announced. “The contract also won more sick days, an improvement in healthcare cost for families and for the first time ever combines the suburban and downtown contracts to create more equity."
The union said the agreement would provide “substantial raises” for the 2,000 workers it covers. The security officers protect buildings around the Twin Cities that house some of the country’s most prominent and wealthy corporations.
“Security officers in the Twin Cities fought hard for this contract, and are proud that we have won such an impressive victory for thousands of working families,” said James Matias, a security officer and member of the union bargaining committee. “Some security officers are currently at $10 an hour, so a jump to $15 by the end of the contract will result in a 50 percent pay increase, which will be a huge change. We fought to make sure that all workers in our union are given the chance to have the pay and benefits that ensure we can support our families.”
Members will vote to ratify the contract in the next few weeks. The agreement comes as the janitors with SEIU Local 26 have voted to authorize a strike if a fair contract is not reached for the 4,000 janitors represented by the union.