The Baltimore City Council is unanimously calling for area companies to pay their security guards more.

The resolution, which supports the efforts of private security guards to unionize, says labor unions "allow for improved terms and working conditons."

The Service Employees International Union's local chapter sent out a news release Tuesday praising the council's Monday action. 

The union estimates that Baltimore's more than 1,000 security officers cost taxpayers $33 million a year in entitlement spending because some have to rely on food stamps and public health insurance

Some security officers are paid as little as $9 an hour, the union says.

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