Eric Brakken

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Southeast Financial Center Janitors Protest for Unpaid Wages

    Most days, Juana Reyes stays past 10 pm to pick up the half-eaten lunches and crumpled printouts left behind by bankers and traders at the Southeast Financial Center, which houses heavy hitters like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. But for the last four years, the 60-year-old Nicaragua native says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    City Hall Security Guards Say They're Not Being Paid a Living Wage

    ​For the past four years, Edgard Dixon has patrolled Dinner Key, catching bike thieves, protecting Miami City Hall, and even helping to nab a fugitive who was hiding out near the docks. But despite a promotion to captain, the 61-year-old private security guard says his employer, Kent Security, pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Miami Beach Rent-a-Cops March on Lincoln Road Today, Demand a Union

    ​It's not likely to draw quite as many stares as the topless protesters who paraded along Lincoln Road last weekend. But the SoBe security guards planning a march today have a much more compelling reason to demonstrate. The guards -- those guys you see pedaling past on mountain bikes every time yo ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009

    Labor Pains

    SoBe's rent-a-cops fight for respect, get fired instead.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    SoBe's Security Guards Fight to Unionize, Get Harassed Instead

    Every day, Richard Ruiz maneuvers his mountain bike through swarms of tourists in neon "I'm in Miami Bitch" T-shirts on Lincoln Road. Sweating through his white uniform, he watches for shoplifters and herds away panhandlers. Once in a while, he breaks up a drunken shoving match. via Wallyg's Flickr ... More >>