While corrections officials said they're trying to fill the vacancies, the union warns that it's not happening fast enough — and between burnout and upcoming retirements, the situation could get worse.
"We're in pretty rough shape," said Chris Duffy, president of Local 1772 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, part of AFSCME Maryland, which represents correctional officers at the prison complex south of Hagerstown. What's really needed is more officers, the union said.
On today's labor calendar, catch the Fritz/Kocur duo on Labor [email protected] at 5pm today here on WPFW, featuring local jazz musicians Patrick Fritz and John Kocur.
Complete details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1936, the Triborough Bridge opened in New York City after seven years of labor by as many as 2,800 construction workers. Construction began on Black Friday, 1929, and New Deal money turned it into one of the largest public works projects of the Great Depression.
Today’s labor quote is by former President Jimmy Carter, who said
"Every advance in this half-century--Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another--came with the support and leadership of American Labor."
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