Press Release June 11 2017: Human Rights Groups Action Culminates in Transit District no longer Contracting with G4S
RT Hires Local Private Security Contractor
At its Monday, May 22, 2017, meeting, the RT Board voted to approve staff’s recommendation of contracting with local private security company Paladin Security for the remaining RT private security needs. About 2/3 of funds previously allocated for RT’s contract with G4S for private security were used to create in-house positions in March, see below.
Requests for proposals for the much-reduced private security contract were solicited between March 20 – April 17, 2017. The announcement of the selected contractor was made May 18.
RT Approves Bringing more Security-related Services In-house
At its March 13, 2017 meeting, the Sacramento Regional Transit Board voted to approve two items, #13 and #18 and converting more private security funding for in-house employees to provide related services.
RT says Yes to local!!
At its January 9, 2017 meeting, the Sacramento Regional Transit Board voted to change the definition of local business to be one whose principal location is in the Sacramento region (item 12). This followed MONTHS of people signing petitions, sending emails, calling, coming to repeated RT Board meetings and meetings with RT staff. With this change, a multinational corporation will not receive bonus points because they have a branch office in Sacramento.
The next step is for the RT board to prioritize contracting with companies that are ethical and responsible in all of their business dealings. At its December 12, 2016 meeting, the Board was divided about whether to address community concerns about RT hiring contractors that are not professionally or socially responsible, including companies that engage in wrongdoing through violating or being complicit in violations of laws, regulations, and human, labor, and civil rights. These concerns were raised about G4S, whose record of abuses is extensive, but would apply to any company that is similarly negligent.
On June 30, 2017, RT’s contract with G4S will end. But not its obligation to our community to assure that our transit dollars go only to a socially and professionally responsible local company, not to a multinational corporation.
Tell RT it cannot do “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” when it comes to contractor wrongdoing. RT must only hire companies that are professionally and socially responsible wherever those companies do business. Tell RT to develop a socially responsible hiring policy.
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Sac RT: Go Local, Go Ethical, Go with Professional and Social Responsibility