I wanted to share with all of you that the San Diego Security Campaign Team hosted a Security Veteran Luncheon event. Our research team gave an excellent and clear presentation about their research findings which were very interesting.
All four security officers Frank, Donald, Jose and Warran shared their stories. The audience sat riveted when they heard from our veteran security officer Donald talk about having been in the Navy for 16 years and struggling to make ends meet as a Security Officer in San Diego. It was heartbreaking to hear Donald share how he taught his daughter to eat only Cheerios because it was the cheapest food he could afford to buy.
In attendance were State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Councilmember David Alvarez, Interfaith Center for Workers Justice, ICWJ’s, Rabbi Laurie and Representatives from Congressman Juan Vargas, Councilmember Marti Emerald, Congressman Scott Peters, as well as other USWW community allies.
Below you can see a photo from this event.
San Diego has the largest concentration of military presence worldwide, with over 100,000 active-duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned in the region. A major employer of veterans in San Diego is the security industry.
It’s important to continue to fight for better wages and benefits for working families in our country. That’s why SEIU-USWW released this report to expose the state of jobs for veterans in the security industry in San Diego You can support this effort by reading and sharing this report with your friends and online. If you are a security officer, come out of the shadows and contact SEIU-USWW so we can demand better safer jobs with fair pay.