City of Pittsburgh security workers secure new contract

PITTSBURGH — Security workers in the city of Pittsburgh have officially ratified a new four-year contract.

The contract covers 1,350 workers from 10 different security companies across the city. The contract will see the minimum hourly rate for all workers increased to $15.50, effective immediately, up from $14.20. That rate will increase to $17.50 over the next four years. The new contract also adds Juneteenth as a paid holiday, and it adds a fourth week of vacation for all workers with 15 or more years of service. In addition, it adds an employer-paid short-term disability benefit and protects 100% employer-paid health care.

“This is the contract that we fought hard for and won for ourselves, our coworkers, and our families. The wages, health care benefits and paid time off mean that I can go to work healthy, happy, and knowing that I can provide a good life for myself and my family,” Ted Hoffman, a Pittsburgh security worker, said in a release. “That is the union difference to me, not being just another worker fighting to survive. This union contract guarantees that for the next four years, I will get the living wages, benefits, and dignity and respect that all workers deserve.”

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