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 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)
- May 29 Texas Members Win Big Pay Raise, Defeat Paycheck Deception After months of intense lobbying by dedicated AFSCME members, the Texas Legislature approved an unprecedented 10.5% pay raise for correctional officers, laundry managers and food service managers, while also rejecting a payroll deception bill. (Blog)
- 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)
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 »