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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- Sep 15 First Responders Urge Supreme Court to Play it Safe When our nation faces a tragedy, we depend on first responders and other public service workers to stand strong and help us through. We saw it 14 years ago, when our nation was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. (Blog)
- Sep 14 Public Safety Congress Gets AFSCME Strong Hundreds of AFSCME first responders gathered in Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2015 Public Safety Congress to discuss important issues regarding public safety, service and building power through AFSCME Strong. (Blog)
- Sep 14 First Responders Remember 9/11 Meriden, Connecticut, police officer Ray Ouellet recalls how he and three colleagues drove through traffic and chaos into New York City on September 11, 2001, leaving their car, and hiking two and a half miles with their gear to Ground Zero. (Blog)
- Sep 11 Risks Come with Job, but She Loves Her Work Lisa Tavarez, a member of Council 28 Local 308, is used to taking risks on pursuit of felons and parole violators. She was injured recently while on assignment when her team confronted a suspected felon in Yakima, Wash. (Blog)
- Sep 02 Reyes: Criminal Justice Should Not Be Profit Center Our criminal justice system should not be powered by companies with a profit incentive. Upholding the law is inherently a function of government. It was never meant to be profitable. The top priority in any prison should be community safety. (Blog)
- Jul 31 AFSCME Texas Corrections Mourn Fallen Officer TELFORD, Texas – Corrections Officer Timothy Davison, the victim of an attack by a prisoner at the prison unit here in Bowie County, was laid to rest July 25 amid an outpouring of support for the Davison family from his Corrections family. (Blog)
- Jul 29 Kentucky COs Earn Raises, Respect Kentucky corrections officers earned hefty pay increases and bonuses from an administration concerned about retaining and attracting good employees willing to perform the dangerous work. (Blog)
- Jul 24 Act 10 Creates Corrections Crisis in Wisconsin In 2010, Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) boasted near full employment with well-trained, experienced corrections officers who considered the job a career and earned a fair wage with good benefits. Act 10 changed everything. (Blog)
- Jul 21 Texas Legislative Success Draws New Members Recently, corrections officers and employees received one of the largest pay increases in Texas Corrections history. This victory, combined with a push back to a payroll deductions bill, has many nonunion workers sitting up and taking notice. (Blog)
- Jul 16 Iowa Corrections Managers Cost Taxpayers Iowa corrections managers are taking advantage of an improper loophole to gain up to an extra week of vacation and two extra weeks of additional sick time – a violation of state rules that has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in the past five years. (Blog)
- Jul 01 Ohio Rejects Union’s Cheaper Food Service Bid Five months after bids were submitted to handle Ohio’s troubled prison food services run by Aramark, the state determined it would continue with Aramark’s services and reject OCSEA’s bid to take over food services. (Blog)
- Jun 11 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. (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 »
- Jun 09 NY: Contract With Rikers Health Provider to Be Terminated A private health care company that has been criticized for doing such a poor job... (The New York Times)
- Jun 09 TN: Hamilton County looking into privatizing all local jails Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger says the county is going to seek a consultant to... (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
- Jun 09 MI: Maggots Discovered At Michigan Prison During Lunch At Correctional Facility Corrections official Chris Gautz confirmed that maggots were spotted in potatoes that were being cut... (CBS Detroit)
- Jun 03 Rikers Island Health Care Provider May Lose Deal With New York Corizon, a for-profit company with a three-year, $126 million contract to run the jails, has... (The New York Times)
- 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)
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 »