Security Guard Union Protests Against Allentown District

At issue are increased health care costs and a salary freeze. Union says it is prepared to strike.

Security Professionals of America was one of three unions that protested against the Allentown School District last week, according to a report by The Morning Call. Also in attendance were members from the Educational Support Personnel union and the district’s paraprofessionals union.

Those in attendance protested an increase in out-of-pocket health care costs and a three-year salary freeze. Union leaders asked school directors for money, fairness and respect, and claimed school leaders had just hired three new administrators with high salaries. 

Superintendent Russ Mayo denied these claims and read a statement that said, in part, that the three protesting unions had received the most money in salary raises of any of the district’s eight employee groups and unions in the past seven years. Mayo also said negotiations should be done in private and that the district is among “the poorest of the poor” and that employee appreciation could not be shown through money right now.

The President of the Security Professionals of America, Gordon Crowell Jr., said three years worth of step raises for a full security guard staff of 55 employees would cost the district $95,300 – less than one administrator’s salary.

The security guards union voted earlier this week to allow Crowell to call a strike at anytime. If negotiators come to the table in good faith soon, Crowell says a strike can be avoided, but he is prepared to move ahead with a strike if necessary.

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Tagged with: Protest Unions

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo