Oscars: Security Officers to Protest Outside of Dolby Theater Friday
A union representing security officers is planning a protest outside of the Dolby Theater, the site of Sunday's Academy Awards.
SEIU United Service Workers West is using the protest, set for Friday, to ask the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to rethink its choice for security for the Oscars. The union would like the Academy to chose a security contractor which gives its employees opportunities for full time work and to be unionized, which the union says is not the case.
“Everybody in Hollywood has a union,” Robert Branch, a Los Angeles security officer and member of the union said in a statement. “But the security officers who protect people and property at the Oscars don’t.”
The Academy contracts with Security Industry Specialists, which SEIU has protested in the past.
"Although it pays a decent hourly wage, keeps most of its workers part-time with few, if any, benefits," the union said in a statement.
Security Industry Specialists has a page on its website defending itself from SEIU, and believes the attacks are unwarranted.
"It's our belief that this union can't offer anything to our employees that they don't already have," Tom Seltz, an SIS spokesperson, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy did not immediately respond to request for comment.
SEIU United Service Workers West represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, and other property service workers across California.