ALBERT BALDEO SUPPORTS Congressman
Rangel, Mayor Dinkins, Community Leaders and Clergy and Calls on
Building Owners, Tenants and Business to Improve Private Security
Forum Kicks Off Campaign for Economic and Social Justice
for Security Officers
Impact of Low-wage Jobs on the African-American Community
to be Studied by CSS
NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Rep. Charles Rangel, former
Dinkins, leaders from the NAACP, ACORN and the clergy today called
owners, tenants and business to professionalize New York's private
officers by raising wage, benefit and training standards. Nearly
community, religious and labor leaders came together at the CUNY
Center to highlight the industry's adverse economic impact on African-American
and minority communities and launch a city-wide community campaign
standards for New York's security officers.
"Making New York safe and secure by improving private security
everyone's responsibility," said former Mayor Dinkins. "Because
we depend on
security officers to keep us safe and our buildings secure, they
trained in the latest, state-of-the-art security procedures and
kept on the
job with a living wage."
More than 60,000 men and women in New York, mostly African-American,
as private security officers. Although security officers serve on
lines of keeping our city safe, many of them earn less than $10/hr
little, if any health care and inadequate security training.
"Providing security officers with living wages and job training
some of the hurdles that hold African-American men back from providing
themselves and their families and contributing to their community,"
Jones, President of the Community Service Society (CSS).
In support of the campaign for private security officers, Local
asked CSS to conduct a study on the plight of private security officers
their impact on the African-American community. The study, to be
early next year, will continue CSS's ground-breaking research on
impact of low-wage jobs on the African-American community.
In light of the 9/11 Commission's findings that "private sector
are likely to be the first responders in any future catastrophes,"
Representative Charles Rangel has called on Congress and the Bush
Administration to provide security officers with the specialized
training they need.
"Private security officers are New York's first line of defense
integral part of our homeland security," said Rep. Charles
alarming that four years after 9/11 most private security officers
not received the specialized training they need to keep us safe
and the pay
they deserve and need." According to the 9/11 Commission, 85%
of our nation's
critical infrastructure is controlled by the private sector.
In February, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People passed a resolution supporting the Service Employees International
Union's efforts to organize security officers and encouraging state
chapters to "challenge security companies, building owners,
and others who
"As the nation's largest civil rights organization and leading
for equal opportunity, the NAACP calls on the real estate industry
living wages and affordable health care to the security officers
their buildings safe," said Hazel Dukes, President of the New
NAACP. "Any responsible advocate for the African-American community
strongly support the campaign for private security officers."
"We put our lives on the line every day to protect millions
of people and
billions in real estate," said James Barnes, a security officer
Elite Investigations. "In my eight years as a security officer,
service on 9/11 and the Power Blackout, I have seen little improvement
wages, benefits and training. Since 9/11, I have received no additional
In an open letter to the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY),
called on REBNY President Steven Spinola to sign a declaration in
the campaign to raise wage, benefit and training standards of security
officers in New York City. The letter was personally delivered to
Spinola's office by a delegation led by representatives of the clergy,
NAACP and Local 32BJ.
"We demand the real estate industry take immediate and concrete
raise standards for private security officers, including wage and
standards," said Bertha Lewis, Executive Director of NY ACORN.
irresponsible and unjust treatment of private security officers
unacceptable. We call on all responsible leaders and groups to work
and fight this multi-billion dollar industry until we win."
"For the benefit of security officers and their families, and
of all New Yorkers, the time has come for the real estate industry
step up, act responsibly and provide security officers what they
deserve," said Kevin Doyle, Local 32BJ Executive Vice President,
largest security union.
With more than 75,000 members, including 60,000 building service
in New York, Local 32BJ is the largest private sector union in New
and the largest building service union in the country.
"Our communities have a moral obligation to stand together
and ensure that
thousands of African-Americans and other minorities are paid a living
treated with dignity and respect," said Patricia Malcolm, Minister
Secretary of CUSH. "The well-being of these individuals, their
our communities is at stake."
"Neglecting the very people who keep us safe is unjust to them,
the economic vitality of their communities and compromises the security
New Yorkers," said David Paterson, Democratic Leader of the
NY State Senate.
"We take a professional approach to our security jobs,"
Frazier, a security officer employed by Burns-Securitas. "All
we ask is that
the real estate industry treat us as professionals."
SOURCE SEIU 32BJ
Web Site: http://www.seiu32bj.org