Officials to rally for safer city, higher wages for private officers

    Clergy, elected officials and anti-poverty leaders will mark Martin Luther King Day by kick-starting a new effort to win higher safety standards and economic justice for private security officers in the city, according to a news release.

    More than 200 supporters, including Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Rep. Babette Josephs and City Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez, will gather to raise concerns about training and wages for private officers. According to the release, 18,000 men and women in the Philadelphia area are employed in the security industry, and some are paid as little as $9.50 an hour without benefits.

    The rally begins at 1 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

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