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  • Apple Being Pushed by Union to Stand Up for Campus Security Guards in Silicon Valley


    In an effort to unionize security guards across Silicon Valley, a regional division of Service Employees International Union called United Service Workers West is pushing Apple to stand up for contract laborers.

    As of right now, Appleís campus is currently staffed by a security guard force supplied by contractor Security Industry Specialists, which according to the SEIU-USWW, treats their employees poorly. Chief among the unionís concerns is pay, as the workers have to deal with the rising costs of living in and around San Francisco. Vice President of United Service Workers West, Samuel Kehinde, said the following regarding the matter:

    Apple can be the leader. They can decide how life should be for this class of workers in the valley.
    This is all a continuation of the letter sent to Tim Cook by Rev. Jesse Jackson, where he asked the company to take a closer look at SIS operations. Jackson asked for a meeting with Cook to discuss the issue but hasnít received a reply according to the report. Jackson stated the following regarding the matter:

    Part of the narrative of their firm is equitable and first-class leadership. As they grow at such a rapid pace, they should have world-class working conditions for their workers from the bottom up.
    For its part, SIS CFO, Tom Seltz claimed Silicon Valley security guards contracted by his company made an average of $19.77 per hour not including benefits. Although higher than the state average, advocates and unions argue SIS salaries arenít enough to account for the increasingly large living expenses seen in the Bay Area. The push for unionization is in part connected to a much larger issue concerning a supposed gentrification of the Bay Area as a whole. Employees holding skilled positions at tech companies such as Apple are widely considered to have much larger salaries when compared to contract workers who perform menial duties.

    Weíll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal and how Apple positions itself and responds.

    Source: San Jose Mercury News via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Being Pushed by Union to Stand Up for Campus Security Guards in Silicon Valley started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. LeslieBee's Avatar
      LeslieBee -
      Apple can certainly afford to ensure support staff earn a livable wage. Minimum wage is a joke nowadays, particularly in Silicon Valley. Of course Walmart can also afford to, but never will. We're all familiar with Walmart, the ones pushing CurrentC while blocking ApplePay, so the Walton family can add even more to their already grotesque mountain of hundred dollar bills.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I stopped reading at Jesse Jackson.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      What security guard company doesn't treat their guards poorly? It's par for the course.

      I feel for people who need to earn a living wage, but being a security guard isn't the profession for this. It's for kids while they are going to school, or people with no other skills.

      If you want to earn more money than obtain skills that demand a higher salary. Or better yet, just move out of the People's Republic of Kalifornia to a more affordable state. I don't miss the high prices there. We're glad we moved where a dollar stretches a lot further.
    1. LeslieBee's Avatar
      LeslieBee -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      I stopped reading at Jesse Jackson.
      That's rather closed-minded of you, don't you think? I'm certainly no fan of his, but I don't stop caring just because I discover someone I don't like is involved.
    1. LeslieBee's Avatar
      LeslieBee -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      What security guard company doesn't treat their guards poorly? It's par for the course.

      I feel for people who need to earn a living wage, but being a security guard isn't the profession for this. It's for kids while they are going to school, or people with no other skills.

      If you want to earn more money than obtain skills that demand a higher salary. Or better yet, just move out of the People's Republic of Kalifornia to a more affordable state. I don't miss the high prices there. We're glad we moved where a dollar stretches a lot further.
      I respectfully disagree. Everyone in the population isn't college material, or even close. Remember, 100 is the average IQ. What about all those below-average people? We need low-skilled jobs with decent pay, and lots of them. People used to be able to work in factories doing tasks requiring very little skill, but still earning a living wage. Now those sorts of people are forced to take menial jobs with very low pay.

      Just because a person isn't smart or talented doesn't mean they should have to scrape by their entire lives. Our society has plenty of money to go around. It's just that greed has taken over, and is now even admired. No, it's time those at the top realized we are all in this together.

      Where has the compassion gone in our society? We used to value good honest hard-working people, but that no longer seems to be the case. If you were born without, society doesn't care. Fix it yourself. If you can't, tough luck for you.