MTS Security Strike During Charger-Raider Game
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Metropolitan Transit System had enough guards at its stations and aboard trolleys today despite a walkout by employees of its security contractor, an MTS official said.
No trolley delays were expected in the evening commute, expected to be busier than usual because of the Chargers football game against the Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium, said Rob Schupp of the MTS.
About 200 members of the International Union of Security, Police and Fire Professionals said in a statement they planned to strike today. A call to a union official was not returned.
The workers filed a claim against the contractor, Heritage Security Services, and the MTS with the National Labor Relations Board.
The guards joined the union last year and have been negotiating their first contract with the company. Their complaints include low wages, no sick or holiday pay, and a requirement that they purchase their uniforms.
TSS had planned to call in workers from an affiliated firm to staff the trolley guard positions in the event of a walkout.