AFGE Decries Retaliatory Tactics, Discrimination In Federal PrisonsThursday, July 21, 2011
(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)Corrections workers in our nation’s
prisons are fed up with facing threats from
both prisoners and bosses. The American
Federation of Government (AFGE) Employees
Council of Prison Locals called on Attorney
General Eric Holder and the United States
Congress in July to hold Bureau of Prisons
(BOP) leadership accountable for failure to
make changes to the climate of retaliation and
discrimination that’s running rampant in the
federal prison system.
“Not only do correctional workers face life threatening situations on a daily basis, but they are facing retaliation from managers” if they complain about retaliation and discrimination by their bosses, said Michael Castelle, Sr., National Fair Practices Coordinator for the AFGE Council of Prison Locals.
“BOP management has done the bare minimum to address this issue,” Castelle said, noting that the agency has yet to enforce the fixes recommended after a damaging EEOC report was released in November 2010. The November 2010 EEOC Bureau of Prisons report stemmed from concerns over the unusually large number of complaints BOP employees filed from 2003-2006 in which they alleged retaliation. A class action complaint alleged a pattern and practice of retaliation against prison workers.
“Retaliation and harassment…has not diminished since the issuance of the EEOC report,” said Castelle. “Managers that discriminate at the Bureau of Prisons do so with complete impunity.” AFGE urged Congress and Attorney General Holder to “take action and demand accountability of BOP management for their cavalier attitude toward the well-being of their employees.”
- Union Communication Services