AFSCME Texas Corrections

TDCJ Correctional Employees Chart a New Agenda for 2015 Legislative Session

Huntsville, Texas—On 13 September, members of Huntsville-based AFSCME Texas Corrections, the union representing TDCJ employees throughout the state, gathered in Austin to discuss their priorities for next year’s legislative session.

At the conference, participants identified the passage of legislation for pay raises and increases in funding for the state employees’ pension system as key issues of concern for 2015. Over the next several months, AFSCME-represented TDCJ employees will be meeting with legislators at the state capital as well as town hall meetings which will be held at union offices throughout Texas.

AFSCME members also expressed an interest in protecting healthcare benefits, promoting job security, and continuing to fight against the privatization of the state’s prisons.

“Correctional employees are seeking fairness, consistence, and justice in the workplace,” state Martina Vacio, a corrections officer who was present at the event. “We deserve to have peace of mind knowing that we can provide for our families.”

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