Budget Victory Is Huge for Texas Correctional Officers
After months of intense lobbying by AFSCME Texas Correctional members, lawmakers approved budget plans that provide badly needed pay raises for correctional officers, and addressed the chronic underfunding of the state’s Employees Retirement System (ERS).
Texas Corrections Members Fight for Pension, Pay Issues
AFSCME Texas Corrections members showed up in full force Feb. 23 to testify before the Senate Finance Committee about the importance of addressing pension and pay raise issues during this legislative session.
Ohio Correction Officers Attacked by Inmates
At a time when overcrowding is the rule rather than the exception in Ohio prisons, four correction officers, members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, were attacked by a large group of inmates.
OCSEA Beats Aramark Price on Food Service Bid
OCSEA presented a proposal to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to take back prison food service, which includes a lower per-meal cost than current prison food service vendor, Aramark.
Walker Proposal Threatens to Reduce Prison Security
Walker’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate the third (overnight) shift in state prison guard towers simply to save approximately $6 million out of a $68 billion two-year budget is a disaster waiting to happen.
Texas Corrections Officers Mourn Crash Victims
Two Texas corrections officers were among 10 passengers killed when a bus transporting inmates that lost control on a patch of black ice, slid off of the Interstate 20 overpass, and crashed into a moving Union Pacific train.
County Wastes Money Instead of Closing a Deal
County officials hired high-paid consultants to delay the negotiations and already wasted $50,000 of taxpayer money on the consultants, more than the cost of doing the right thing to settle the workers’ first contract.
Time to Choose Higher Wages
“People will provide for their family members when they can,” she says. “But when they can’t, our communities fall apart.”
For-Profit Companies Born to Fail at Rehabilitating Inmates
“Across the country, evidence has surfaced that these companies cut corners on staff pay and training and services to prisoners in order to make a profit.”
Ohio Pickets Target Prison Staffing, Safety
OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 members took to the streets to shed light on the dangers of understaffing and outsourcing, including security breaches, maggots found in food preparation areas operated by a contractor, and even prison escapes.
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