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NJ Private Security Guards Want To Unionize

By Monica Miller, WBGO News
Newark. December 6, 2012

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Private security guards have gained the support of some Newark officials to unionize.

Michael Thomas fought in the Persian Gulf and has worked in security for more than 20 years.

“Currently, I make about $8.50 an hour.”

He says it’s not nearly enough to provide for his family and needs to supplement his income with a job as a pizza delivery man. He supports a wife who is disabled and in a wheelchair.

“It’s not enough to provide for yourself, your healthcare because my jobs doesn’t have health benefits, personal days, sick days or vacation time.”

Newark City Councilman Ron Rice, Jr. along with Mayor Cory Booker say their jobs are vital to the community.  

“Not just within our economy, but also for our own security in a time of heightened terrorist threats and a time of challenges with crime.”

There are more than 20,000 private security workers throughout the state.

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