Nevada Correctional Officers Raise Alarm Over Chronic and Dangerous Understaffing in State Prisons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nevada Correctional Officers Raise Alarm Over Chronic and
Dangerous Understaffing in State Prisons
Carson City, Nevada – Correction Officers from AFSCME Local 4041 in Nevada are calling on the Nevada Department of Corrections, (NDOC) administrators to immediately address understaffing and cease hiring staff that are not adequately trained to keep inmates and the public safe, in light of the crisis situation occurring in NDOC right now.
In less than one month, two inmates have been brutally murdered, stabbed to death in our NDOC facilities. Correctional Officers have feared these incidents could happen and now fear that they are next if staffing and security procedures don’t improve. The latest incident was on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, Nevada (NNCC). There, an inmate was murdered by another inmate while only one officer was assigned to the unit. Creating a dangerous and unsafe condition for Officers, Staff and inmates alike.
Nevada Department of Corrections has been aware of these conditions for far too long, without taking immediate action to correct them. The time has come for NDOC to put the safety and security of corrections officers and support staff first and foremost. State employees come to work each day to serve their community and should not have to fear for their own lives. This is the current environment that we are faced with. The staffing shortages that plague the department are fixable and unnecessary. Each and every officer knows this, and realizes that this blatant disregard for safety is part of a pattern of neglect. They too have families, lives and aspirations and should no longer be silent to the disrespect being shown to them.
A few months ago overtime at all prisons throughout the state was cut dramatically and prison wardens changed their minimum staffing levels. Further, NDOC has hired individuals without going through NDOC’s academy to fill positions that are statutorily required to be certified, trained peace officer through a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy prior to working in these positions. This violates NRS 209.131 Section 5. Ely State prison has around 30 of these untrained employees and there are more of these employees spread throughout other Nevada state prisons. Some of these employees haven’t been through the required academy for nearly 12 months, causing additional safety and security concerns.
That is why Correctional Officers, support staff and AFSCME Local 4041 are requesting immediate action by NDOC to address these issues, and will soon be sitting down with NDOC officials to address this crisis.
AFSCME Local 4041 represents Nevada state employees. AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public service employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members.
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AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy Online
From: President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride
Re: AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy Online (WLAO) Announcement
AFSCME women represent more than half of our union’s membership. Women are leading the charge to create change for working families. Given the challenges facing our union and the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, it is imperative for AFSCME women to be prepared to lead.
That’s why we are excited to announce the AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy Online. The Academy is designed for all AFSCME women. It will provide a deeper understanding of the issues that affect working women, strengthen leadership skills and activism, and motivate AFSCME women to be leaders in their workplaces and local unions.
This Academy will include:
• Five 60-minute webinars to be conducted once per month from May through October of 2018.
• Completion of a short quiz/evaluation after each session
• Completion of an AFSCME Strong action such as engaging in one-on-one conversations with co-workers to increase membership, signing up new PEOPLE contributors in your local, or getting involved in an organizing/political campaign through your local or council/affiliate.
Registration for the Academy will be available through the link below beginning April 26, 2018, and ending May 31, 2018:
ULAN Gophers and Golfers Charity Golf Tournament
It is that time again.and the ULAN Trustees invite you to join in the fun at the Annual ULAN Gophers and Golfers Charity Golf Tournament. Not only is this a day of pleasurable golfing and a little competition, but it is an important day to raise money for ULAN.
This annual fundraiser raises much needed dollars so ULAN can continue to help union members that need a helping hand. Last year, ULAN assisted over 20,000 people with financialaid,nutritious food,hygiene,diapers and household supplies. ULAN provides classes and case management to help our clients become self-sufficient with a goal of financial stability. Along with toys for kids, and holiday food baskets for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the staff also provides warm hugs.
Thank you for your support,
The ULAN Board of Trustees:
Chairman Rusty McAllister, Nevada AFL-CIO Mike Gittings, UFCW Local 711
Cathie Davenport, Nevada Dental Benefits
Leslie Lilla, Lead Volunteer
Anthony Ivester, BAC Local 13
Mark Ranger, Teamsters Local 986
Dani Kimlinger, Mines and Associates
Cass Palmer, North Las Vegas, Parks and Recreation
Kristy Perez, BMO Taft-Hartley Services
Tables on the course are available if you would like to meet the golfers as they pass the hole where you will be set up.
We would appreciate your donation of prizes for the raffle drawing and promotional items for the golfers' gift bags. Over 200 golfers attend the ULAN Charity Golf Tournament.
For more information contact:
Raise The Wage For State Workers Press Conference
When: Friday, May 5th at 10am
Where: Outside Nevada Legislature on the front steps 401 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
AFSCME Local 4041 Desert Chapter will be holding nominations and elections for all chapter positions at our meeting on February 8, 2017 starting at 6pm. We are located at 601 South Rancho Drive, Unit C-24, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. We will also be holding nominations and elections for delegates to our statewide convention April 5 - 8, 2018 in Carson City. There will be 17 delegate positions available. Be there and have a say on how things are done in our union.