Getting Out Front with AFSCME Strong
Deborah Williams says she left the AFSCME Strong training in Maryland full of energy and excitement and ready to engage her coworkers. As the president of Local 3478, Williams believes the trainings are an effective way to confront the challenges we face.
Texas Members Win Big Pay Raise, Defeat Paycheck Deception
After months of intense lobbying by dedicated AFSCME members, the Texas Legislature approved an unprecedented 10.5% pay raise for correctional officers, laundry managers and food service managers, while also rejecting a payroll deception bill.
Private Prisons Get Profit Guarantee with ‘Immigrant Detention Quotas’
Thanks to a new report from Grassroots Leadership, we know the extent to which the federal government is guilty of offering “immigrant detention quotas” to private prison companies.
Lack of Mental Health Treatment Is New Burden for Correctional Officers
The latest trend to menace the safety of officers and employees is the rapid increase of mentally ill persons inside our prisons and jails. Since the 2008 recession, many states have failed to properly fund mental health services for their populations.
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.
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