As San Francisco private security guards enter the second day of their targeted strike, a resolution in support of the workers is slated to go before the Board of Supervisors.
About 98 security guards at 14 buildings walked off the job Monday, picketing office buildings downtown and marching through the financial district Monday afternoon. Today, Service Employees International Union 24/7 spokeswoman Gina Bowers said workers from 20 buildings—an estimated 140 employees—are participating in the strike.
The workers are calling on the roughly 20 private security companies with whom the union contracts to provide higher wages, better training and better healthcare. A resolution introduced by Supervisor Chris Daly goes before the Board of Supervisors today, calling on security companies to “end the double standard facing security officers who struggle to make ends meet.”
Representatives from Securitas, ABM and Universal Security Services, the companies for which workers left the job Monday and today, did not return calls for comment.
On Monday, Mayor Gavin Newsom called on striking security guards and private security companies to resolve the dispute quickly. He also called on building owners to step in. “Commercial building owners, although not parties to the dispute, assert a greater role in fostering a quick resolution between the security guards and security guard companies,'' he said.
“I feel this has been a long time coming. There’s been so many officers that have been doing this (work) for many years and are not able to support their families and give them healthcare and be able to live in the city of San Francisco,” said Imogene Hendricks, a security officer with ABM who participated in the strike. She said she was willing to stay on the picket line for “as long as it takes.”
Since the old contract expired June 30, four negotiating sessions have failed to come up with a new one. Union and industry negotiators are due to go into another session Wednesday.