Guard union in Twin Cities looks to expand after contract victory

SEIU focuses on grassroots growth of adding security officers to its union

Dahlstrom has been involved with unions in various trades over the past decade, so his experience traces back further than most security people involved with SEIU. But he said he views the new contract, which Local 26 members voted to approve April 12, as a highlight in his career.

"When you actually are able to do something like this, and you go to buildings and guards are breaking down in tears because they finally have health insurance, you see that you really can have an effect," Dahlstrom said.