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OCSEA Responds to Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio Prison

Workers at Ohio’s Ross Correctional Institution were exposed to a mix of the powerful opioid fentanyl and heroin on Wednesday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OCSEA, AFSCME International Staff |

Corrections Officer Laid to Rest

“We will not let Joseph Gomm die in vain. We want to ensure that every person who works in corrections can come home safely, and that we can keep our institutions and communities safe."

AFSCME Council 5 |

Recommitting to a Strong Union During Corrections Week

This week is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which honors correctional staff for their invaluable contributions to society.

Pablo Ros |

Council 3 Fights for Safe Staffing in the Department of Juvenile Services After Riot

AFSCME Council 3 is fighting for additional staffing at juvenile detention facilities throughout Maryland following a violent episode at a Frederick County facility.

Katie Moy-Santos |

Why Prison Privatization is Bad: A Case Study

A recent instance of prison violence in Mississippi shows why prison privatization is bad.

Melissa Weinstein |

AFSCME Texas Corrections Fights for Higher CO Pay For All, Not Just New Hires

AFSCME Texas supports better pay for all correctional employees, not just new ones, and is fighting to make that happen.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Retiree to Congress: 'Hands off my Medicare, Hands off my Social Security'

An AFSCME retiree has a powerful message for Congress: Don’t mess with Medicare or Social Security.

Omar Tewfik |

New Mexico State Employees Make the Case for Wage Increases

New Mexico public service workers are celebrating pay raises for state workers, made possible by AFSCME’s effective advocacy.

Jashua Bane |

Violent Assaults on Staff Increasing in Illinois Prisons, Youth Centers

Assaults on staff in state correctional facilities have increased by 51 percent in the last two years.

Lisa Martin |

AFSCME Maryland Leads Fight Against ‘Public Health Crisis’

AFSCME is fighting for expanded mental health services in Maryland despite being chronically understaffed.

David Kreisman, Raju Chebium |

Iowa Prison Stabbing Leads AFSCME to Demand Action ‘Before Someone Gets Killed’

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is demanding action from Iowa Department of Corrections officials after two correctional officers were attacked by inmates in less than a week.

Pablo Ros |

Making the Case in MD: VMOs Engage and Succeed

A recent Volunteer Member Organizing blitz in western Maryland succeeded in converting at least 130 fee payers into full members.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Members in Texas Ready to Defend their Union Freedoms

The Texas governor is setting the agenda for a special session with 19 items that will include Senate Bill 7 and its companion House Bill 156 to eliminate dues deductions for unions.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Texas Corrections Officer Dies After Confrontation with Inmate

Shana Tedder, a Texas corrections officer and member of AFSCME Texas Corrections Local 3920, died after a June 9 incident involving an inmate.

AFSCME Texas Corrections |

Best Way to Honor Corrections Professionals? Provide Adequate Staffing.

To corrections officers and employees everywhere, we say a special thank you during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

Pablo Ros |

Texas Corrections Members Take their Story to the Legislature

AFSCME Texas Corrections members recently lobbied their state legislators to secure funding for facility and vehicle repairs and for other issues.

Namita Waghray |

AFSCME Strong Works at Louisiana State Penitentiary

At the Louisiana State Penitentiary, understaffing led to overtime for corrections officers at half the usual rate of compensation. Local 3056 fought back and won – and gained new members, too.

Clyde Weiss |

Maryland Governor Merits Just One Star

AFSCME Council 3 gives Gov. Larry Hogan a one-star review.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Staffing Woes Continue to Plague New Mexico Prisons

Council 18 and a local news outlet expose Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration’s failure to boost staffing in New Mexico’s state-run prisons.

Kevin Brown |

Where Can You Find Atrocious Conditions? Try Private Prisons.

A private prison operator forced tens of thousands of immigrants who were detained on suspicions of being undocumented to work for $1 a day or for free, according to a lawsuit.

Pablo Ros |