- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A group of security companies have agreed to the first-ever collective bargaining agreement covering hundreds of security guards who patrol dozens of buildings in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1QavJXQ ) the deal went into effect Oct. 1 after six months of negotiations and a yearlong organizing effort.

It boosts hourly wages by $1.95 to $11.75 over the next three years.

Workers will also receive free individual health coverage beginning next year and get training through a partnership with the city.

Mayor Bill Peduto says the deal will help in the “rebuilding of the middle class.”

The local chapter of property services labor union began organizing security guards last year by the hundreds. They’re employed by nine security companies that contract with local buildings.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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