AFSCME Corrections United – We're 62,000 corrections officers and 23,000 corrections employees who've joined forces in AFSCME to fight for better pay and benefits, for safe workplaces, and to uphold the standard of professionalism in our field. ACU members are men and women working all across the country, in both maximum- and minimum-security facilities, state prisons and county jails. ACU has a proven record of accomplishments on the federal, state and local levels, and at the bargaining table – fighting to improve the pay and working conditions of all COs and corrections employees.
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- May 05 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. (Blog)
- May 04 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. (Blog)
- Apr 15 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). (Blog)
- Feb 27 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. (Blog)
- Feb 27 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. (Blog)
- Feb 24 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. (Blog)
- Feb 09 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. (Blog)
- Feb 05 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. (Blog)
- Jan 16 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. (Blog)
- Jan 09 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.” (Blog)
- Dec 02 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.” (Blog)
- Oct 08 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. (Blog)
Letters, Statements & More »
- May 04AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Corrections Officers and Employees Week“We will always honor the sacrifices corrections employees make on our behalf by standing with them in their struggle, which is also ours..."
- Apr 16AFSCME Writes in Support of Temple University Ethics Complaint A joint letter by AFSCME Council 33, Council 13 and Corrections Local 159 regarding the complaint filed by private prison watchdog Alex Friedman against Professors Hakim and Blackstone, alleging a failure to properly disclose funding sources.
- Apr 10AFSCME President Blasts House Approval of Budget for WealthyAFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan.
Latest News »More News »
- Apr 27 FL: Private prison vendors could face new scrutiny in Florida A legislative panel could open the door to an evaluation of the recent shift in... (The Tampa Bay Times)
- Apr 27 When Freedom Isn’t Free ALEC and the bail bond industry have a new plan to empty prisons—for a price.... (Washington Monthly)
- Mar 18 We Must Stand with Law Enforcement Officers It is a mistake to think it's the role of police officers alone to fix... (Huffington Post)
- Feb 24 Union beats Aramark price on food service bid The union representing the majority of Ohio prison employees presented a proposal to take back... (Ohio Civil Service Employees Association)
- Jan 06 Does your state have a deal with the private prison industry? Check our map to find out.
- Oct 06 MD: Tougher prison contraband law taking effect New prison security laws that supporters say will enhance the safety of officers while clamping... (Herald-Mail)
- Sep 22 IL: Cook County Begins 24-Hour Tracking of Juvenile Offenders Change in policy prompted by 17-year-old teen accused of sexual assaulting pregnant woman while on... (NBC 4)
- Sep 22 TX: For guards, some county lockups are more lucrative than prisons Jailers in the state’s five largest counties are paid better on average than officers at... (Mineral Wells Index)
- Sep 19 KS: Current Hutchinson prison employees speaks out about staffing issues In an I-Team Investigation we tracked down a current employee who says there is a... (KAKE News)
- Sep 17 Kansas Seeks To Address Prison Guard ‘Correctional Fatigue’ The state Department of Corrections is one of many prison and jail systems around the... (KCUR)
- Sep 17 OH: Inmates seek food outside cafeteria Purchases at prison commissaries have jumped since Aramark Correctional Services took over meal service last... (The Columbus Dispatch)
- Sep 08 WA: State workers say they were punished for blowing whistle on prison violence stats Two state employees say they were demoted for exposing skewed statistics on prison violence. (The Tri-City Herald)
AFSCME Public Safety News »
Spring 2015 Public Safety News Newtown Officers Honored for Courage; We Must Stand with Law Enforcement Officers; Improving Police-Community Relations; CO Is Attacked by Inmate, Then Management; Understaffing Concerns in Ohio Prisons; Mentally Ill Inmates Pose Challenge to COsPrevious Issues »
ACU Newsletter »
Fall 2013 ACU Newsletter AFSCME Helps Close Dangerous Private Prisons, From the Officers: A Line Was Crossed, AFSCME Corrections Officers Win Millions in Unpaid Overtime, Back Pay, Private Prisons Bad for Job Growth, Lancaster County Corrections Officers Celebrate Big WinMore Newsletters »