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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- 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)
- Oct 03 Council 31 Wins $60 Million in Back Pay for State Employees After waiting more than three years for back pay explicitly spelled out in their contract, Illinois state employees finally got a measure of justice after an appellate court ruled they were owed the wages. (Blog)
- Sep 16 Private Prison Operator Sued by Texas Inmate for Allowing Sexual Abuse Last week, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in a Texas federal court against Corrections Corporation of America and two of its employees for allegedly allowing sexual assault at a facility in Bartlett, Texas. (Blog)
- Sep 16 Officers Honored for Saving an Inmate’s Life Four corrections officers from the Tompkins County Corrections Facility were honored for saving the life of an inmate who went into cardiac arrest during his intake. (Blog)
- Sep 12 Michigan Lets Aramark Off the Hook Ignoring a pattern of inappropriate and unsafe handling of prison food, the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections withdrew a $98,000 fine against Aramark. (Blog)
- Aug 26 Politicians, Private Prison Companies Capitalize on Immigration Crisis As our nation struggles for a solution to an influx of child refugees from Central America, politicians and private prison companies have stepped forward to capitalize on the crisis. (Blog)
- Jul 07 Fifteen Years after Texas Tragedy, AFSCME Keeps Promise Michael Nagle, the son of a fallen AFSCME corrections officer, is off to college with union help. (Blog)
- Jun 27 Prison Industry Funds Study; Profs Face Probe Temple University professors Simon Hakim and Erwin Blackstone failed to disclose that their research was funded by the private prison industry. (Blog)
- Jun 17 OCSEA Calls on State Authorities to Fill Vacancies, Prioritize Officer Safety Vacant positions at three state corrections facilities pose a safety risk for employees. (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 »
- 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)
- Aug 28 ME: Former guard: Hazing of rookies at Maine State Prison goes too far Handcuffed and pinned to the floor by three fellow guards, Cory Peaslee said he looked... (The Portland Press Herald)
- Aug 06 IL: Cost of mental illness on the rise in Illinois prison system Taxpayers will be billed more than $17.8 million in the coming year to convert existing... (Qad City Times )
- Aug 05 VT: Forced Overtime Exhausts Prison Officers, Costs State Millions For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure. The prison... (NHPR )
- Jul 31 ME: Claims of guards’ harassment lead to state prison probe The state Department of Corrections is investigating the conduct of guards at the Maine State... (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD)
- Jul 30 OH: Lawmakers Hear About Food, Security Problems In Prisons Blamed On Private Vendor There are problems with maggots, food shortages and contraband in state prisons, and the committee... (OHIO PUBLIC RADIO)
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 »