Security Officers at High-Profile Sites: Andrews International Cannot Be Trusted

Jan 21, 2010, 07:55 ET from Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

BOSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Security officers at four high-profile coastal security sites in Boston, Newark, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are speaking out today about the track record of fast-growing security firm Andrews International, which is currently under investigation by the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts and by the National Labor Relations Board in Boston and New York.

"In the last few years, Andrews officers have seen stolen wages, unpaid overtime, no meal breaks, understaffing, sexual harassment, you name it," says John Macias, an Andrews International security officer at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. "If we can't trust them on these things, how can the public trust Andrews to keep people safe?"

In Boston, Andrews International security officers and local residents are visiting the home offices of Audax, the private equity firm that owns Andrews International, to raise concerns about the alleged unlawful termination of an Andrews International officer who supported forming a union on the job. Andrews International officers in Boston are paid as little as $12 an hour and the Attorney General's office is investigating the company for requiring 40 hours of unpaid training. Some 50 Andrews International security officers are among the lowest paid workers at Distrigas' liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Everett, despite homeland security concerns related to the site raised by local officials and news media.

In Newark, security officers and supporters at the Newark Liberty International Airport are distributing information concerning low standards for wages, benefits, and on-the-job problem solving for employees at Andrews International, which provides security at the airport. The airport experienced a well-publicized breach of security on January 3, 2010. Andrews International workers at the airport are paid as little as $8 an hour.

In Los Angeles, security officers are holding a rally at SONY Studios, which is coming off one of the most profitable years in its history. Security officers at big-name Hollywood studios are amongst the lowest-paid workers in Hollywood, being paid as little as $12 an hour by Andrews International. In 2001, the FBI identified Hollywood studios as a possible target of terrorist action.

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SOURCE Service Employees International Union (SEIU)