Security guards working for a firm hired by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock to guard his downtown Detroit buildings voted on Monday to strike for $15 per hour wages and a path to unionization.
The employees have yet to walk off the job, though they may in the coming days if a deal isn’t reached with their employer, SecurAmerica.
A strike would impact Gilbert-owned buildings like One Campus Martius, Chrysler House, 1 Woodward, First National Building, Chase Tower, the Federal Reserve, and more.
SecurAmerica employees in Detroit now earn as little as $11 per hour, and say they’re forced to rely on welfare or take second jobs to make ends meet. In a press release, the employees noted that Gilbert receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to redevelop his buildings. He’s also Michigan’s richest resident with a net worth of $7.5 billion.
“Yet the hardworking people who protect the city’s resurgence are making wages so low that many are forced to rely on public assistance to make ends meet,” the release reads. “Nearly a quarter of these officers reported having to work a second job to be able to provide for their families.”
Around 100 employees are taking part in the action, and they’ve faced resistance from SecurAmerica as they’ve discussed unionizing.
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