Five Philadelphia University security guards sat down in traffic to protest what they call wage theft by their employer, McGinn Security. The five were arrested, issued citations and released.
The guards, members of Security Officers Union 32BJ SEIU, claim McGinn has failed to pay proper overtime and illegally requires officers to commute to company offices on their own time to complete citations.
McGinn employs officers at the Philadelphia International Airport, Moore College and Philadelphia University. It took over the contracts from Allied Barton security. One of McGinn’s first moves was to cut security guards’ pay by $3 an hour. University guards have been protesting since April, when the traffic sit-down occurred.
The security guards have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor concerning the alleged overtime violations.
Note: Pay cuts will not make any friends among workers. Employers that must reduce pay should have the rest of their house in order—because disgruntled workers will be looking for reasons to sue.