About 2,500 Philadelphia security guards will get a present in the new year: recognition of their new union.
Negotiations started in July between private security contractors and the guards who work throughout the city -- everywhere from universities to office buildings to hospitals to the Lincoln Financial Field home of the Eagles.
The guards now will get what many workers take for granted, says Service Employees International Union head Wayne MacManiman.
"Workers will actually experience real health care, where if they get sick they won't have to worry about big doctor bills. They are guaranteed vacation, sick time," he said. "They will be able to take care of things like that if they should arise."