Non-Union Security Guards at Super Bowl 50 Events Rankle Public Sector Union

The union alleges that NFL billionaires are bringing in irresponsible, non-union security contractors from out of the area to work at Super Bowl 50 events held near Levi’s Stadium.

SAN FRANCISCO – A prominent public sector union here is crying foul because the NFL is contracting with non-union companies to provide security guards for Super Bowl 50 parties and other events near Levi’s Stadium, venue of the big game.

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“It’s frightening that protecting human lives should come down to the lowest bidder,” SF Weekly reports local (union) security guard Michael Mally said at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mally was irritated that the NFL hired Culver City, Calif.-based Security Industry Specialists (SIS) to protect its VIP Super Bowl parties. SIS is a non-union shop, and Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU) gets steamed anytime non-union companies get contracts, according to SF Weekly. They’re not terribly happy that the NFL will also employ non-union S.A.F.E. Management for security at Levi’s Stadium during the Super Bowl itself, for example.

The union has been at war with SIS for years, trying to organize its guards. SIS also provides security for the Academy Awards and for Amazon – ousting the latter’s old unionized guards. Formerly, it contracted for Google and Apple – which last year decided to make its guards in-house employees instead, according to SF Weekly.

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There are about 150,000 security guards in California; SEIU California’s public services wing has about 24,000 members, including janitors and airline workers as well as guards, the weekly newspaper reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that unionized private sector guards makes $165 more per week than their non-union equivalents.

SEIU spokesman Stephen Boardman accuses SIS of worker intimidation and flouting state law. He calls the hiring a breach of public trust after San Francisco “bent over backwards” for the Super Bowl.

You can read the complete report here.

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