Throughout the pandemic, security officers go to work every day and risk their health and their families' health in order to protect the people of Rhode Island. Now, despite being deemed essential and even safeguarding testing and vaccine centers, security officers are paid low wages, with very few benefits, and have no voice at work.
“I don’t sleep much. I don’t eat much. I don’t see my friends or family. My plants and fish have died. But I’m paying my bills and I’m doing what I can,” says Eddie Babbitt, a non-union security officer.
Babbitt holds down two security jobs to get by and averages about 90 hours of work each week. He says his income is still not enough when you factor inflation costs that affect prices at the gas pump and supermarket.
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Picture Description: Security officers rallying for workplace improvements, including stopping wage theft, which is under investigation by the state Department of Labor.