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Welcome to your one-stop shop for the latest facts and information about our contract negotiations with United Security Associates Union. We encourage you to visit the site often as we’ll be providing updates throughout the negotiations process. You can also submit a question, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Latest Updates

March 6, 2024

It has been more than a year since the United Security Associates Union (USAU) was certified as your representative and yet we are still far from reaching agreement on a contract. We have had 20 bargaining sessions to date, and SHC remains committed to reaching an agreement that supports and respects our employees as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, the USAU continues to present proposals that are out of touch with reality and would actually remove recent improvements that we made based on your input. Here are three topics that in our view are the reason we have been unable to make progress on the new contract:

Wages

  • The USAU’s proposed increases are significantly out of step with the market (including unionized facilities), and they don’t seem willing to make any meaningful movement on their proposal.

Shift Bidding

  • The USAU’s current proposal would result in officers being forced out of schedules that work for them and their families. We stand by our current proposal and believe it offers the best support opportunities and balance for officers.

Union Security & Union Dues

  • The USAU’s current proposal would require SHC to place anyone who does not pay union dues or the equivalent of what is called “agency fees” on indefinite leave. It is our strong desire not to put anyone on indefinite leave if they do not wish to pay union dues or equivalent fees.

February 24, 2024

On February 21, we resumed negotiations with the United Security Associates Union. While we’re continuing to work through a number of open items, we wanted to take a moment and highlight three important topics:

Wages
We are still in the early stages of negotiations when it comes to wages, as only 5 proposals have been exchanged. That being said, we remain committed to continuing to provide you with competitive wages that support you and your career here at SHC.

Shift Bids
The current shift bid process was implemented due to direct feedback from officers, and over the last year and a half, we’ve opened up shifts in all locations, schedules and tiers. We stand by our current proposal and believe it offers the best support and balance for officers.

Union Security & Union Dues
The union’s current proposal would require SHC to fire anyone who does not pay union dues or the equivalent of what is called “agency fees.” We’ve expressed to USAU that SHC is willing to transfer dues to the union on behalf of those employees who choose to become members. However, it is our strong desire to not be forced to fire anyone if they do not wish to pay union dues or equivalent fees, especially given only 44 voters determined the outcome of the union election for 147 employees.

Our next session is scheduled for March 6, and we look forward to providing you with an update at that time. If you have any questions, please contact your manager or you can submit them below.

February 9, 2024

On February 7, we resumed negotiations with the United Security Associates Union. The SHC bargaining team came prepared for a discussion on economics as we were expecting to receive an economic counterproposal from the union. However, the union did not provide one during the session.

Our next session is scheduled for February 21, and we’ll provide you with another update at that time.

January 22, 2024

On January 17, we resumed negotiations with the United Security Associates Union. During our latest session, the SHC bargaining team provided the union with our initial compensation proposal.

In terms of our initial compensation proposal, as part of the negotiation process this merely represents a starting point for our important discussions with the union. We are committed to fully supporting you with a highly competitive salary and have taken multiple actions throughout the past several years to ensure your salary remains competitive with our peers. In fact, based on SHC’s recent market review for all job positions represented by the union, all positions are at the top of our market when it comes to pay.

Our next session is scheduled for January 24, and we look forward to further discussions on this important topic and remain committed to providing you with highly competitive wages that further support you and your career here at SHC.

November 6, 2023

Your SHC bargaining team resumed negotiations with the United Security Associates Union on November 1. During the session we were able to reach an additional tentative agreement on Non-Discrimination, which brings our total TAs to 13.

We look forward to resuming negotiations at our next session on November 15 and will provide you with another update at that time. In addition, we are putting together a simple one-stop-shop online hub where all future negotiation updates will be located so you can find all the latest information in one place. There you will also be able to submit a question to our bargaining team. Please keep in mind some questions we may not be able to answer due to the legal requirements of bargaining first with the union. If that’s the case, we’ll let you know.

Thank you again for all you do, and we look forward to keeping you updated.

October 24, 2023

We wanted to provide you with an update on the status of negotiations with the United Security Associates Union on the first contract. To date we have had 10 bargaining sessions with the union and reached 12 tentative agreements on a variety of topics common in a union contract (e.g., No Strike/No Lockout, Grievance & Arbitration, Health & Safety). Our next session is on November 1, and we look forward to further discussions at that time.

While progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done. We thank you in advance for your patience as the process of negotiating a first contract takes time (it is not uncommon to take a year or longer).

As this process continues, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, recognizing that some questions we may not be able to answer due to the legal requirements of bargaining first with the union. If that’s the case, we’ll let you know.

Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to keeping you updated throughout this process.

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