Security officers ratify contract

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April 14, 2008 // UPDATED 11:34 am - April 14, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

The private security officers who work in many of Downtown’s office buildings voted Saturday to ratify a contract agreement granting them higher wages and better health care benefits.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local 26, representing private security officers in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, negotiated the contract with security contractors ABM, Allied Barton, American, Securitas and Viking. The union began the push for a new contract in January and authorized a one-day strike February 25.

SEIU local 26 reported the five-year contract reduced the monthly health care plan premiums by as much as $190 per month for individuals and $570 per month for security officers with family health care plans. Employers’ premium contributions went up significantly, as well.

Wages will rise 25 to 32 percent for many of the security officers.

The union reported that many employers also were improving training and safety for their employees and offering more time for sick leave.