The Service Employees International Union has been organizing to improve working conditions for employees of Security Industry Specialists, Inc., a security contractor that works with Apple, Google, eBay, and other tech companies. SEIU alleges that security officers often experience harassment, intimidation, wage theft, and illegal surveillance by SIS.
“We contribute to the tech industry’s tremendous profits by keeping the campuses safe and protecting their products,” former YouTube security officer Walter Redding said in a statement released by SEIU. “Yet Apple and Google turn a blind eye when their security contractor cheat us out of a better way of life.”
In a statement on its website, SIS says its employees are some of the highest-paid in the security industry. (NPR reports that SIS security officers earn $16 per hour.)
"The SEIU was unable to persuade SIS employees to voluntarily join its union. So, it now attempts to cause SIS’s customers to pressure SIS to agree to be unionized," SIS says in its statement. "It does so through leafleting outside customers’ stores, by disrupting shareholders meetings, by attempting to contact customers’ employees, and by enlisting the support of members of the media to write one-sided 'hit' pieces – invariably based on lies and half truths fed to reporters by the SEIU."
SEIU organizers, members of the San Francisco Labor Council, and SIS workers plan to rally outside Apple's store at 1 Stockton Street at 11:30 a.m. today.