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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- Jul 11 Maggots on the Menu? Prison food privateer endangers public safety in Michigan and Ohio. (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)
- May 23 AFSCME COs in Ohio Save Their Brother’s Life in Car Crash Jason Hamilton had just left the corrections facility where he works when his vehicle was struck. (Blog)
- May 05 It's 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. (Blog)
- May 01 Private Food Vendor Gets Wrist Slap for Serious Violations OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11 is calling for outsourced prison services to be returned to state hands. (Blog)
- Apr 23 Investigative Reporter Wins Prestigious Prize for Coverage of Private Prison Abuses This year’s award for newspaper journalism highlights abuse and wrongdoing in the private prison industry. (Blog)
- Mar 24 Defending Our Retirement Security I’m not looking for anyone’s pity. Nor am I saying I deserve a secure retirement more than anyone else. I’m just looking to set the record straight. (Blog)
- Mar 13 Where’s the Beef? Prisoners, Corrections Officers Turn Against Outsourced Food Services Corrections officers of AFSCME Council 5 in Minnesota document privateer’s mistakes. (Blog)
- Mar 13 AFSCME Iowa Members Honor Veterans Local 0451, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, donated $2,500 to help build monument. (Blog)
- Mar 13 AFSCME Retiree Makes Big Impact through PEOPLE Retiree Dennis Patrick sends $500 check to AFSCME’s political action program. (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 »
- Jul 11 PA: Prison guard union's appeal denied A Commonwealth Court panel yesterday denied an appeal by the AFSCME city prison guards union... (Daily News)
- Jul 11 PR: 10 Guards injured in prison riot in Puerto Rico Ten guards and several inmates were injured during a large-scale riot at the Zarzal Correctional... (Fox Latino)
- Jul 03 ID: State begins takeover of private prison in Boise Idaho is taking over the state’s largest prison since Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced earlier... (Associated Press)
- Jul 01 IL: AFSCME Guard injured after hit by inmate at Shawnee Correctional Center An AFSCME correctional officer was injured after being hit repeatedly by an inmate on Friday... (KFVS)
- Jul 01 MI: Inmates sick after maggots found on serving line at prison About 30 prisoners at a Michigan correctional facility are being treated for symptoms consistent with... (Detroit Free Press)
- Jun 26 WI: State prison guards demand 1% raise they say is overdue AFSCME guards in Wisconsin prisons shouldn't have to wait any longer to get the 1%... (Journal Sentinel)
- Jun 26 PA: Mom of N.J. man who killed himself at Lancaster County Prison says she 'wants justice' "The union feels that steps could have been taken to prevent” the suicide, said Brian... (Lancaster Online)
- Jun 20 TX: Citing health concerns, Texas inmates file lawsuit to keep prisons cool Lance Lowry, president of the Huntsville American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, has... (theeagle.com)
- Jun 20 PA: Lancaster County loses another prison-related legal decision The case — affecting seven employees — involved a fight between the county and AFSCME,... (LancasterOnline)
- Jun 20 NY: Nassau, correction union officials agree on new contract Leaders of the 900-member Nassau correction officers union have agreed to a new labor contract... (Newsday)
- Jun 19 KS prison guards sound the alarm about under staffing across the state Last week, there were at least three separate incidents at one prison in which officers... (KWHC)
- Jun 10 DR&C fills only 27 of 83 new Correction Officer positions; claims need for “4 percent vacancy rate” Ohio Civil Service Employees Association blasts the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation of Correction for promising... (OCSEA)
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 »