photo: 32BJ Security bargaining team cheers agreement
“With security concerns growing in the District, it’s more important than ever that security officers earn a living wage to ensure that the security industry is professional and prepared to handle emergencies. With this contract, the men and women who secure the nation’s capital will be able to support their families and their communities,” said Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU.“This contract is a win for the entire city.”
The victory for security officers is part of a wave of recent efforts to improve the lives of D.C’s low-wage workers including a $15 an hour minimum wage slated to appear on the November ballot, paid family leave which is under consideration by Council, and a pending bill in Council to grant full-time hours to thousands of low-wage janitors.
NOTE: This story has been updated with additional information and quotes since our original post