Thursday, September 25, 2008

JwJ Update Sept. 25, 2008

Yesterday AlliedBarton management distributed a memo to their 130 security guards at the Philadelphia Museum of Art stating that officers with at least one year of full-time service at the property are eligible for between 1 and 3 days of paid sick leave. This benefit is effective immediately and includes workers whose anniversary date of hire was July 1, 2007. This benefit is the latest victory for the POWR campaign, an innovative effort to win work place benefits for security guards which brings together workers, labor unions, congregations and students. This will provide 2,000-3,000 hours for workers to attend to their physical, mental and spiritual health and adds up to $8,000-$12,000 in wages and replacement wages to guards and communities across our city.

Though this is great first step, we must continue to push the Philadelphia Museum of Art to strive to reach the level expressed in the Philadelphia Living Wage Ordinance. Additionally, dozens of other guards on the property, guards that work for other companys but are doing the same jobs as AlliedBarton guards, continue to work with out any paid sick days. Please send a letter from our online action site encouraging the museum leaders to schedule further improvements.


The POWR campaign started at the University of Pennsylvania. To date, this is the only site where we have won Prevailing Wages for some of the guards. We have a new SLAP chapter at Penn and they are committed to winning this campaign for all of the guards on campus. Merideth McBride has been writing about this effort at Penn since 2007. Today she has an interesting column on the up coming acquisition of AlliedBarton by Blackstone.

AlliedBarton security officers have been fighting for better working conditions and a union for years, and it's been a struggle as the company's upper management has consistently refused to talk with guards. But after The Blackstone Group recently bought AlliedBarton, the company that provides Penn's security services, officers are cautiously optimistic. Blackstone has historically been more supportive of workers' rights than AlliedBarton's former owners, so this just might prove to be a pivotal moment in the campaign.


JwJ volunteer Miguel Williams appears in an article about the Committee of Seventy in this weeks Philadelphia Weekly.

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Eduardo Soriano-Castillo said...

Good work.

-Diane Mohney
Philly Jobs With Justice Steering Committee


-Laura McSpedon
Jobs With Justice Regional Coordinator

That’s what’s up!

-M.C. Son of NONE
(Political Hip Hop artist)

Congratulations to you and Fabricio!! Its nice to see your labors yield some fruit.

-Wayne Wynn
Freedman and Lorry, P.C.

Good news man! Hopefully more progress can me made

-Colleen "Why" and Jay "Tha Truth"
(Political Hip Hop Artists)


-Janet Ryder

Great work!

-Helen Gym
Asian Americans United

Eduardo Soriano-Castillo said...

Congratulations Eduardo! You guys rule!

-Dr. Alistair Howard
Politics Professor
Temple University

Eduardo Soriano-Castillo said...

congrats. good work, guys!

-Peter Bloom
JUNTOS & La Casa de los Soles
For an organized Latino immigrant community in Philadelphia

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