Security guard contract talks to begin today 

Contract talks are due to start this morning as a targeted strike by San Francisco security officers enters its third day.

An estimated 140 officers from at least 21 buildings have walked off the job, according to Gina Bowers, spokeswoman for Service Employees International Union local 24/7. The union contracts with a group of about 20 security companies, represented by a spokesman for Securitas, Bowers said.

The workers are calling for higher wages, better training and better health care.

The talks are due to begin at 11 a.m. today, with strikers marching from 1 Front St. to the Westin San Francisco Hotel at 50 Third St.

The San Francisco Board of SupervisorsTuesday passed a resolution supporting the workers, whose contract expired June 30.

In a statement on his website, Mayor Gavin Newsom called on negotiators to come to a speedy resolution, and requested periodic updates on the talks.

Representatives from Securitas, Universal Protection Services and ABM Security Services have not returned calls for comment.

amartin@examiner.com  

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