The men and women who ensure the safety of Apple employees will stand against the Cupertino company to demand better pay. With some of them forced to rely on public assistance and for housing and food due to the low quality jobs provided by companies like Security Industry Specialists (SIS), they want Apple to secure a better contract for them.
As another in a long line of rallies and protests, it may be difficult to get the attention of the Cupertino-based company’s shareholders, but the security officers and their community supporters hope to make enough noise to point out that while they work for the most profitable tech company in the world, the security officers are usually hired on part-time as on-call employees.
In a press release, protesters point out that Apple profits grew to over $41 billion per year between 200 and 2012, but the median income for Silicon Valley workers shrank by 12 percent over the same period to under $44,000 annually. The activists are asking Apple to help lift the standard of living for these employees and their families.
“Whether a software engineer or a security officer, Silicon Valley thrives when all workers in our community have the opportunity to provide for their families,” said former SIS officer Walter Redding in a statement. “I hope Mr. Cook understands that his actions have consequences on the lives of working families. It’s time for Apple to do the right thing by hiring a responsible security contractor who will provide good, steady jobs.”
The protest is scheduled for Friday, February 28 at 10:00 am outside of Apple corporate HQ at 1 Infinite Loop. Protesters, including security officers, elected union officials and community supporters, will be on hand to greet guests at the general meeting with leaflets and signs to highlight their perspective on the income disparity of workers in Silicon Valley, and then rally outside the campus to ask Apple to choose a more socially responsible security contractor.