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Security Officers in California, Elsewhere, on the Wage Downlow

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Hollywood, CAEmployees in three different states—including California—have taken a security company to task over allegations of unpaid overtime and other violations of state and national labor laws.

The employer, Andrews International, is currently under investigation by the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts and by the National Labor Relations Board in Boston and New York.

Allegations include "stolen wages, unpaid overtime, no meal breaks, understaffing, sexual harassment—you name it," said John Macias, a security officer employed by Andrews International and stationed 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?" His comments appeared in the January 7 issue of Entertainment Business Newsweekly.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is spearheading the investigation. . With 2.2 million members, SEIU represents more than 30,000 security officers nationwide and claims to be the fastest-growing labor union in the US.

The union is also putting forward allegations that security officers stationed at some of the highest-profile studios in Hollywood are some of the lowest-paid workers in Hollywood. The union claims workers employed by Andrews International make as little as $12 an hour. And yet in 2001 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified the Hollywood film studios as potential targets for terrorism activities, given the high profile of the actors who work there.

It gets worse: security personnel in Newark are citing low standards for wages, benefits and on-the-job problem solving for Andrews International employees stationed at Newark Liberty International, the airport at the center of a much-publicized security breach on January 3. Security personnel employed by Andrews International and stationed at Newark Liberty International reportedly earn as little as $8 per hour.

And in Boston an Andrews International security officer was terminated for allegedly supporting the formation of a union on the job. A group of Andrews International security officers at the Distrigas liquid natural gas terminal in Everett are among the lowest-paid at the facility, even in the face of homeland security concerns related to the site. The Office of the Attorney General is investigating a number of labor law violations, including a requirement that employees take part in 40 hours of training without pay.

A news release issued by the SEIU on January 20 points out that Andrews International has paid millions in settlements, penalties and fines in recent years while continuing to face repeated complaints and violations.

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Just curious, Louise, were at the Aimco property when this awful event happened to you??

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I have worked for Andrews and ATS, They very much so discriminate against women, Some of the guards they hire, have felonies, Because the supervisor's get friends in with criminal records. When i worked in SF, Andrew's was about to loose there 5th contract. I informed one of the Field Captains which would put him under the supervisor status. I Informed him that one of the security guards, that i would break for his lunch was acting strange and sluring his words. he did not act right, I asked him in confidence to check it out.
Well he told him what I said, That is breach of confidentiality. What Field Captain Rob did was the wrong thing telling him putting .net in harm. I Was sworn at,. The Guard spit at the window a few times, I have a copy of the police report. I was scared. The field Captain, put me in a hostle situation.client asked me to stay I was recomended to the new company. That took over. This field captain was i believe born here, But from egypt. Unfortunately I feel he discriminated against .net as a woman, but he had a lack of respect for me as a woman . I got a great recommendation. And a professional.. I lost out on my unemployment because i was going for stay with new company. I had to call the police on this irrate employee. Then i had someome hit my friends, car between of the threats and the lost wages, and the financial hardship due to andrews, I feared for my safety. Then I tried to get my unemployment. They would not give it to me. I worked at this.company over 2 years. EDD implied i abandoned my Job. and where was my pink slip or paper from SEIU.? I Think Im going to re apply. The rep i could not understand her thick broken english. Denying me money i worked hard and honest that is mine. I honestly made an honest living. I didnt embezel from anyone. I want my back pay and unemployment for working 2010 till 2012, I have been going on interviews. Going to start school. I am so happy that New England were i was born, feels the same way as i do. I Accept everyone no matter what country or belief's. I am standing up for my rights ATS .or Andrews I have been there 2007 till 08/31/2012 and a small break at another company till there was an opening. So you need my thoughts, voice .or any help im on your side Sincerely Louise

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