Sacramento Regional Transit is now preparing the request for proposals (RFP) that it will use to solicit bids for the next private security contractor. The current contract expires June 30, 2017; the RFP should be going out in December 2016 or January 2017.
Please contact the RT Board, CEO, and key staff to let them know that you want your transit dollars going to a local company, not to a multinational corporation like G4S or any other company that is complicit with or involved in human rights violations or profiting from private prisons.
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Here are some talking points you can select from to include in your message:
RT should only hire socially responsible contractors:
♦ G4S is as problematic now as it was in March 2016 when the RT Board decided to only renew G4S’ contract for one year instead of two in response to community outcry. G4S should not be awarded another RT contract. For information about G4S abuses, visit www.G4Sfacts.org
♦ G4S was recently fined for falsely listing psychological testing information on thousands of forms, including those of the Orlando gay club shooter, who murdered 49 people.
♦ G4S guards have been used against the Stop the Dakota Pipeline demonstrators.
♦ Before going out to bid, RT should seriously consider bringing its security workers in house. RT employees can best do the work and represent the organization.
♦ RT is already mandated to consider “contractor integrity, compliance with public policy, [and] record of past performance.” Social responsibility considerations are implicit in these criteria, yet RT has ignored them. RT must include social responsibility evaluation in any request for proposals. RT should learn from the Sacramento City Council that stopped doing business with Wells Fargo based on that company’s lack of social responsibility.
♦ RT must also consider all of the company’s business practices, not just those of its local staff. When the City of Sacramento dropped Wells Fargo, it was because of its actions as a corporation, not because the City didn’t like a local branch. If RT wants to consider a multi-state or multi-national corporation, it cannot ignore any unethical practices, violations of human and civil rights, records falsification, and/or mismanagement by that corporation regardless of where they occur.
Our local transit dollars should go to a local company:
♦ RT must prioritize hiring a genuinely local company. First, RT needs to change the definition of “local” in its current Small and Local Business Preference Program so that “local” is defined as businesses that are locally owned or headquartered in the Sacramento area. RT’s current policy defines a business as “local” if it has an office in Sacramento or surrounding counties and on that basis, RT awarded multi-national G4S “local” preference points to help it get the contract in 2013. Multi-national corporations are not “local” even if they have an office in Sacramento.
♦ RT must include preference points for small and local business in its new RFP for private security.
♦ RT must ensure that its request for proposals (RFP) does not present barriers to small and local companies who are capable of doing a good job. The RFP should not require or give preference to a company with previous transit-related experience; it should not be unduly onerous; and it should not include requirements that would give an unfair advantage to prior contractors.
♦ RT wants security guards who can effectively interact with the public, address situations with difficult or aggressive individuals, assist in station safety including picking up litter, etc. Many security companies, including small local ones, can offer security guards with these skills.
♦ RT should have a plan to actively reach out in a timely manner to the range of private security companies in the Sacramento area. RT must allow enough time for companies to respond to the request for proposals and to ask questions and get additional information