After a busy three months of organizing and bargaining, the hard work paid off as SEIU6 union security officers voted on Thursday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract sets several industry-leading standards, including a minimum wage for officers working in Seattle and Bellevue that will come into effect on May 1 at $15.65 and will increase each year, to $17.27 by 2022.
With 73% of the present membership voting “YES” to ratify, security officers overwhelmingly approved the proposal recommended by the member bargaining team.
In addition to strong wage increases, officers won stronger seniority rights, protections from mandatory overtime, established a 3-day time limit to resolve wage and hour discrepancies, guaranteed minimum pay if a shift is canceled, and more paid time off.
SEIU6 security officers will re-open negotiations this fall in order to make further improvements to healthcare.
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“This new contract shows respect for security officers. The fact that we won four weeks’ vacation for senior officers is major. I hope it will be an incentive for younger officers to stick with it, and for us to attract more quality officers.” – SEIU6 Security Officer Ernest Covington
“We brought everybody up with this new contract. Nobody was left behind. My company doesn’t provide a retirement plan, so for me, the extra money will help me save for retirement.” – SEIU6 Security Officer Demetrus Dugar