Security worker and Service Employees International Union member Kevin Upshaw poses for a portrait in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The SEIU recently organized about 3,000

 

              Security worker and Service Employees International Union member Kevin Upshaw poses for a portrait in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The SEIU recently organized about 3,000
Security worker and Service Employees International Union member Kevin Upshaw poses for a portrait in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The SEIU recently organized about 3,000 security officers in Philadelphia commercial office buildings, hospitals and universities, winning a three-year contract that provides salary increases, health care for full-time workers and sick days. Upshaw, a 46-year-old Army veteran and security officer at the University of Pennsylvania, says the contract will eventually boost his hourly wage from about $13 to about $15. Just an importantly, he says it'll also reduce medical expenses for his asthmatic wife, which have cost them about $11,000 over the past three years. "The union gives us a lot more stability," he says. "It's making this job a career and it's taking us out of poverty." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)