Eagan, Minn – The security officers who are contracted to protect the United States Office of the Inspector General in Eagan are holding a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike today. To maintain profits, the security agency that employs the dozen workers at this high-security facility made a change in compensation that would be the equivalent of a $4.27 per hour pay cut. This move has meant dramatic cuts for the officers charged with protecting this vital building.
“With this cutback, my family can no longer afford the rent. My husband has a disability, so I am the only one working, and this drastic cut has been incredibly hard on us. Because of this plan, we are having to move in with my daughter. This is a nightmare,” said Laurie Mattson-Collier, who has worked at the site since 2003. “We do important work, and it is hard to believe that we are being treated this way. If this continues, we are going to lose even more of the people who provide excellent security here. This plan is hurting families and is bad for this high-security building, which is why we are out on strike today to fight back.”
The group, represented by SEIU Local 26, stood strong together in their fight for a fair deal that would ensure a safe environment for the Office of the Inspector General, a part of the United States Postal Service.
“We are on strike today due to the financial hardship that Command Security Corporation (CSC) has put on the officers at this vital site. Because of what they did, I’ve heard stories about some of my co-workers even having to put insurance premiums on their credit cards,” said Vicky Berg, who has worked at the site for eight years. “This is how they treat experienced, dedicated employees who are the first line of security for such a vital building? We can’t let this happen to us and can’t let this happen to this important job, which is why we chose to take the step to go on strike today.”
Before Labor Day the security officers reached an agreement with the company on a “win-win” solution that all sides agreed on, but less than a week later the company backed out in an act of bad faith. Upon hearing the news, the security officers voted to go on strike.
The strike comes as over 4,000 nurses enter the second week of their own ULP strike. Like the nurses, the majority of the workers at this facility are women and are fighting against cutbacks that will hurt families and our communities.
There are currently no bargaining sessions scheduled.
SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 4,200 janitors, 1000 security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally and over 1.9 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.