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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- 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)
- 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)
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.
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- 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)
- 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)
AFSCME Public Safety News »
Fall 2014 Public Safety News Public Safety Pensions at Stake in November Elections; ACU Leaders Sign Up Texas COs, We Must Vote in November; AFSCME Program Provides Legal Support; Funding Maintained for Bulletproof Vests; Honoring Fallen Officers; AFSCME Keeps PromisePrevious 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 »