Security guard strike is "imminent"


At least a hundred SEIU members in purple jackets marched down Bush St. this afternoon (June 5), in preparation for a possible strike. Security guards who are a member of an affiliated union have been working without a contract since 2012; some make so little money that they can't afford apartments in SF and wind up living in SROs.

The signs said "on strike," but actually that hasn't happened yet. I spoke to some of the marchers who said they weren't a liberty to say when the security officers would walk out, but "it's imminent."

And they clearly got the message out, making noise loud enough that I could hear it on the 17th floor and backing up rush-hour traffic just North of Market.

I really don't think any of the owners of these big commercial office buildings are so hard up right now in this boom market that they can't afford to pay the people who protect their property and tenants a living wage.


They can simply be fired and replaced. You don't even need to graduate high school to be a security guard, so there are plenty of folks willing to replace them.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

convictions though.

It's hard to find people who will work for shit wages free of a record.

At least SEIU isn't involving it's sleazy self in city government.

Posted by matlock on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

there are lots of them, and because the qualification criteria are, shall we say, minimal.

Hence the low pay, of course.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

hogging them all. And Tim opposes every development project which pays into the BMR housing fund. Gee - how surprising they can't afford to live here.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jun. 05, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

To the idiot that said we can be simply fired and replaced, there is a lot more to being a security than sitting all day standing a post. Some security positions require a college degree. With computer technology being the way it is, you have to have some knowledge of the latest technology. You have to have a strong personality and presence to be able to deal with civil disturbances and tragedy. We deal with terrorists threats. We have to have knowledge of how to operate building components such water pumps, emergency generators, air handling units, smoke exhaust dampers etc in case of an emergency and an engineer is not readily available. We have to be CPR and First Aid qualified in case we have perform life saving techniques. We deserve a decent salary just like everyone else. We deserve quality healthcare just like everyone else. Before you make such an idiotic comment like we can be fired and easily replaced, you need to educate yourself on exactly what we as security officers do.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 06, 2013 @ 7:14 am

wouldn't be paid a lousy 14 bucks an hour to stand there all day in a cheap suit.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 06, 2013 @ 7:30 am

The reason Security Guards, officers, etc. are "easy to replace" is because the people who run the industry has made it that way. They could care less about offering a stable, effective security solution - they are all about getting the lowest bid, The entities that contract them are cheap and could care less about your safety - they are just barely covering the insurance requirements. Security guards are PEOPLE, your oaf-like comments and inhuman attitude are but one of the many things a guard has to put up with, and people like you have the nerve to try an minimize their importance.

Today's security officer is a combination of many things, as the person's post you comments details. They also are required to know jobs they should't be bothered with - especially with that low wage - custodian, event set-up, reception, not to mention they function one hair away from being policemen. Security guards get hired, perhaps with little training - but by no means are they coming off the street anymore. It costs too much to attain the required training for someone to walk off the street and start security work - and companies are making workers have those certifications BEFORE they get hired; they aren't paying a damn thing.

I pity a person who has such a low level of compassion that they would try and ridicule someone who has such a grueling and thankless job. It's a PERSON "standing around eight hours a day in a cheap suit", you creton. You try standing eight hours a day, five days a week and see if you don't begin to believe you aren't underpaid. How about you having to deal with every type of degenerate - from the crazy to the criminal, being exposed to whatever they might have, having to get physical at times, other times dealing with constant hostility. I wonder how you would feel if you worked in a place filled with people like you - who think a security guards is their personal joke bag, people who think they are better than someone because they have a different job, people who are happy to see someone making welfare wages. You wouldn't last a day, and you know why? Because it is cruel and unfair. These are the people who are preventing bad things from happening to you - the police only show up after it's already happened. These are the people you come running to when things happen that you are not trained or equipped to handle - otherwise they wouldn't need to be there. And if it's unfair to you after one day - imagine how it must be for someone who has to deal with it for years.

Now - every other idiot who works had some sort of revolution in pay - it's time Security people get theirs.- I think a fair amount to pay (starting pay) security guards is two thirds the salary for a policeman in the same area. That means it has got to be much more than $14.00 an hour, not just a few pennies or dollars more, with NO ADDED REQUIREMENTS. Security Guards are also required to respond in national emergencies - I'm sure they are worth more than $14.00 per hour (or usually less), Don't give us any bullcrap about companies not being able to pay it either - if they can pay a glorified paper pusher $5 - 10K per month they have no excuse for underpaying any employee. They can pay a contractor $100.00+ per hour per guard, but they can't pay a guard at least $24.00 per hour? Come on, does that math add up? You can pay it - and if you don't stop abusing low paid guards you are going to be forced to pay that and a lot more - just watch.

Posted by magusat999 on Jun. 09, 2013 @ 11:39 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 10, 2013 @ 7:00 am

You are not going to gather support of downtown businesses by blocking 1st and Market at 4:45pm having a sit in and wreaking havoc on the 5pm commute out of the financial district. All I saw were annoyed people in their cars.... and how come out of all the protesters only 8 participated in the sit in? The rest too scared to get arrested. All about the cause and the fight until it gets real.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 06, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

Its unfair for security to rate R13 or R14 per hour because this people protect our shop,companies day and night and for all of this i blame ANC this party is corrupt when they say securities are not educated they just sit or stand the whole day what about our president?this is a democratic country increase security's payment because they do more work than the police officers

Posted by posted by guest on sep.09,2013@8:05 am on Sep. 19, 2013 @ 10:12 pm