The decline of our nation’s manufacturing sector has devastated America’s neighborhoods. The loss of well-paying — mostly union — jobs has lead to decay in our communities–shuttered stores, littered streets, and broken-down houses.
Our economy has replaced good manufacturing jobs with poor service-sector jobs, including jobs in the private security industry that pay poverty wages and offer few, if any, benefits. Many security officers have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet.
As one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S., the security industry is expected to add more than 152,500 jobs by 2018. These jobs must be improved if we expect our economy to improve.
Security officers are standing up for jobs that will allow us to work hard for decent housing, quality healthcare, adequate nutrition, access to education, and a dignified retirement. Good jobs will enable us to not only sustain our families, but also to spend time with our children and raise them according to our values. Good jobs will also help us sustain our communities by leaving us with more time to volunteer and more money to spend in local businesses and to pay taxes to support local hospitals, schools, police and fire departments.