Homeless security officers send out an SOS at Columbus Circle over bad pay

As the city moves out of the COVID-19 pandemic, essential security workers who toiled throughout the invisible war at homeless shelters demanded on Tuesday better treatment going forward in a post-pandemic world.

Members of the 32BJ union assembled at Columbus Circle, outside the entrance to Central Park, on May 18, holding signs that literally signaled for an SOS — the name of a new act that looks to protect the rights of security officers protecting the vulnerable. The Safety in Our Shelters Act (SOS) aims to improve wages and training for security officers working within non-profit homeless shelters. 

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