Local 525 Brings Public Attention to Their Fight
Published 12 Jul, 2012
The rain couldn’t even stop TWU Local 525 members as they kicked off their informational picketing about their fight for a fair contract with G4S GS at the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida.
Local 525’s members, the Fire-Rescue Personnel who work at the space center, along with their families, other TWU members and IBEW members lined the street holding signs that read “Wackenhut/G4S Unfair to Fire Fighters” to bring public attention to their fight.
G4S GS, formerly known as Wackenhut, was recently awarded the contract with NASA to provide fire-rescue services at the Kennedy Space Center and the members have been in negotiations since March.
The Firefighters began bargaining to continue their existing contract with the hope of a small wage increase. However, G4S GS insisted that to make a profit they need to cut over 20% of the incomes and retirement benefits of the Firefighters, Paramedics and Inspector’s who live, work and spend their hard earned income in the community tying their hands to present a proposal to the Company for zero increases in wages and benefits, and a desire to keep their current benefits intact.
“We don’t plan on stopping,” said Kevin Smith, President, and TWU Local 525.
You can show your support for these hard working men and women by joining them weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.