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STATEMENT: Branstad-Reynolds Correctional Proclamation is Backhanded Recognition

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 5, 2017
Contact:
Mazie Stilwell, Communications Specialist
(515) 246-2637
mstilwell@afscmeiowa.org

BRANSTAD-REYNOLDS CORRECTIONAL PROCLAMATION IS BACKHANDED RECOGNITION

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to Governor Branstad’s signing of a proclamation designating Correctional Officers & Employees Week:

“The fact that Governor Branstad and soon-to-be-Governor Reynolds would even think to ‘honor’ correctional employees less than three months after dragging them through the mud by destroying their collective bargaining rights is unbelievably offensive. If you want to recognize the dangerous jobs performed by correctional employees every day, start by including them in the class of “public safety” employees you deemed worthy of not having their rights destroyed. This backhanded recognition is nothing more than a slap in the face and a reminder of how little both Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds value the public employees of Iowa.”

This year alone, the failed Branstad-Reynolds administration has demonstrated their gratitude to correctional employees with the following:

  • Cut the Department of Corrections by over $7 million dollars
  • Closed down Luster Heights
  • Closed down Lodge Unit at Clarinda Correctional Facility
  • Closed down John Bennett minimum-security unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary
  • Closed down Sheldon Residential Treatment Facility
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss health & safety matters
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss health insurance
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss supplemental pay
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss their evaluation procedures
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss outsourcing and privatization
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss transfer and layoff procedures
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss seniority
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss grievances
  • Cut the right of workers to discuss overtime and vacation


AFSCME members received no invitation to attend this ceremony.

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