Prison Employee Union Calls for Pay Raise

A union representing Texas prison employees is calling on the Legislature to consider a pay raise for correctional officers, saying current employee shortages could be dangerous and will only be exacerbated by a boom in drilling jobs in areas that house most of the state’s prisons.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which agrees that it must compete and has offered bonuses to lure employees away from those drilling jobs, says it has no security concerns related to staffing and is working with the Legislature to raise pay for guards.

The Texas chapter of the American Federation of State ...

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