State Correctional Workers to Raise Pickets on Wednesday at Monroe Prison
November 15, 2010
Correctional Employees Say Reductions at DOC Will Endanger Prison Staff and Our Communities
Paul Zilly, Teamsters Local 117
(Monroe, WA) Correctional Employees, represented by Teamsters Local 117, will raise informational pickets at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) in Monroe throughout the day on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 to protest the elimination of staff and programs and facility closures recently announced by the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Correctional Employees will hold a press conference at the Monroe prison at 7A.M. to discuss the impact of the reductions on prison staff and on communities across the State.
“We aim to raise awareness about the dangers of the announced reductions at the DOC,” said Sergeant Brad Waddell of the Monroe Correctional Complex. “If implemented, these reductions will have a devastating impact on prison staff and will put our communities at risk.”
Teamsters Local 117 and its Correctional Employee members have organized a series of community meetings with Washington State legislators to discuss the reductions. 150 prison workers met with legislators in Monroe in a community forum event on October 26. Upcoming forums will be held on Tuesday, November 16 in Walla Walla, Wednesday, November 17 in Clark County, and Thursday, December 2 in Tacoma.
On December 9, Correctional Employees and their supporters will gather in Olympia for a „Day of Action‟, which will involve a march, rally and lobby visits to demand dignity and respect for Washington State Correctional Employees and their families.
WHO: Correctional Employees
Tracey A. Thompson – Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 117
WHAT/WHEN: Picketing Action – Press Conference
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
WHERE: Monroe Correctional Complex
17025 W Main St, Monroe, WA 98272
Teamsters Local Union 117
14675 Interurban Ave., S., Suite 307, Tukwila, WA 98168
(206) 441-4860 FAX (206) 441-3153