Forming a union for contracted security workers at the arena will ensure you have a say in your working conditions: that you can make improvements that are important to you at work.
Many of your co-workers have already affirmed their support for forming a union with SEIU 6. Are you ready to join together to fight for better working conditions?
Let us help you get connected to an organizer to find out more. All information you share with us is kept 100% confidential.
Unions are about workers coming together to have a voice on the job. Together, you and your co-workers can raise the standards at your workplace and make what you like about your job even better.
Here’s what we are hearing AUES security officers at Climate Pledge Arena want to see improved:
Many Security Officers are already part of SEIU 6. They know being part of a union makes a real difference at work. This is what they have to say about their union:
Here are answers to questions workers often have about joining a union:
A union is an organized group of workers who unite to have a voice on the job and have a say in their working conditions. Being part of a union gives workers the right to negotiate for workplace improvements as a group with their employer, in the form of a union contract. Once a contract has been negotiated and democratically voted in by the membership, it is also a union’s role to enforce it. Unions empower workers, defend their rights and keep employers accountable.
Unions are democratic non-profit organizations with leaders elected by the membership every few years. They are governed by clear constitutions, bylaws and other rules that are accessible to and changeable by the membership at regularly held conventions or meetings.
Ultimately, unions begin with workers. There are millions of union members in the United States, who know that by standing together they can achieve greater things than on their own.
The Service Employees International Union Local 6 (SEIU 6) represents more than 7,000 security officers, janitors, airport passenger service workers and allied industries workers in Washington state. SEIU 6 is part of the largest union in the country, which represents over 2 million service workers in North America.
SEIU 6 already represents a number of Allied Universal Security workers, as well as workers at other stadiums like T-Mobile Park. This makes SEIU 6 the perfect union to build power with contracted security workers at Climate Pledge Arena. You can learn more about SEIU 6 at seiu6.org
When you and your co-workers come together to form a union, you can protect and improve your wages, benefits and working conditions. Some of the benefits of forming a union include:
There is value in having a collective voice at work, and the data proves it. Studies have shown that workers in a union are more likely to benefit from:
The union advantage is even greater for people of color, women, immigrants, and others who have confronted workplace discrimination. A union contract provides an assurance that all workers will be treated fairly at work.
Securing what you have today into a legally binding contract ensures that what you like about your job stays that way even if there is a change of management and even ownership. This is specially relevant for workers who used to work at Key Arena and are now seeking to return to Climate Pledge Arena, Belonging to a union also creates a support network: Stewards, union representatives, negotiators and lawyers will be there to ensure your fair treatment at work, always.
Workers wanting to form a union have legal rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act. Because Climate Pledge Arena management has committed to remain neutral and respect the rights of their employees to form a union, arena workers have the huge advantage of following a fair and simple process known as “card check” to become unionized. Through this process, a union is automatically approved after a majority of workers sign cards saying they want a union. Signing a card is easy and confidential, you can even do it online here. Whether you are ready to sign a card or not, we encourage you to get in touch to strategize and talk about next steps with a union organizer.
Absolutely. The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to form a union. It is ilegal to fire, threaten or discriminate against a worker for their support of a union. What is more, Climate Pledge Arena management has a relationship with a number of Seattle-area unions. They have committed to respect the legal right of their employees to unionize if they choose to do so.
There is no cost to join until you vote in your first collective agreement. Once you start benefiting from your new contract, your dues will be no more than a small percentage of your earnings. Due rates vary per job type – we encourage you to get in touch with us to find out more about your specific union dues rate. Since unions are non-profit organizations, you can be sure everything you invest in your union is spent back in union members. The voice at work, rights and benefits that come with unionization are well worth the small cost associated with joining!
If you’re interested in learning more about forming a union, use the form below and a member of the SEIU 6 team will follow up with you. We treat inquiries in confidence. Your employer will never know you contacted us.