Richmond, VA - On Saturday December 10, 2016, seventy (70) Allied Universal security officers working on the Richmond, VA city contract were called to a meeting and told by upper management they would be losing their vacation days and 401k benefits. Immediately following the meeting several Allied Universal security officers contacted LEOSU-DC Organizing Director Steve Maritas and asked what could the union do to help these officers.
LEOSU-DC Organizing Director Steve Maritas immediately sprung into action advising these Allied Universal security officers to go online to our website and signup to join our union. Within 24 hours of the call for help the Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions LEOSU-DC had signed close to the majority of these Allied Universal security officers. Upon having the support needed to file an election with the National Labor Relations Board, the union electronically filed an election with the NLRB on Sunday night and thereafter notified Allied Universal of our NLRB petition. By morning Allied Universal upper management were in a tailspin seeing the quick action of the union as well as the solidarity of these Richmond, VA security officers banding together as a united front. By Monday morning, these 70 Allied Universal security officers were receiving emails from the company informing them that their vacation pay and 401k benefits would no longer be taken away from them by the company. SEE ALLIED UNIVERSAL LETTER.
Maritas noted, "while we were successful in gaining back the vacation days, 401k benefits and other benefits of these Allied Universal security officers in Richmond, VA, we must now continue to move forward, not backwards as the union seeks to not only protect the wages, benefits and other conditions of employment these officers presently enjoy, but rather we must move forward in improving these wages, benefits and working conditions as well as providing "JOB SECURITY" since these (70) Allied Universal security officers are still "AT-WILL" employees subject to firing without just cause". "That is why it is so important to have a union and a union contract in place so management cannot just fire its employees "AT-WILL" nor can they takeaway their benefits "AT-WILL" as in the case of these (70) Allied Universal security officers". noted Maritas.