About Oregon AFSCME Corrections
Oregon AFSCME proudly represents over 3,000 employees of the Oregon Department of Corrections in 12 institutions and various other DOC worksites. Roughly 1,850 of these are in the Security Bargaining Unit — Corrections Officers, Corporals and Sergeants. Another 1,200 are in the Security Plus Bargaining Unit, in some 125 different classifications in both the prisons and DOC administrative offices.
AFSCME is the leading public safety union in the State of Oregon. In addition to state Corrections employees, this union represents assorted city police and county sheriffs, state and local parole and probation officers, non-sworn employees of the Oregon State Police, juvenile parole and probation officers at the Oregon Youth Authority, 911 operators in several jurisdictions, the Port of Portland Police, investigators and other employees of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as well as workers at the state Office of Emergency Management, Fire Marshals, Department of Public Safety Standards & Training and the Oregon Military Department.
AFSCME-represented Corrections members are also automatically part of AFSCME Corrections United, the national union’s auxiliary organization devoted to Corrections employees nationwide. AFSCME Corrections United includes 62,000 Corrections Officers and 23,000 other Corrections employees (such as our Security Plus unit) who’ve joined forces to fight for better pay and benefits, for safe workplaces, and to uphold the standard of professionalism in our field. ACU members are men and women working all across the country, in maximum-, medium- and minimum-security facilities, both state prisons and county jails. ACU has a proven record of accomplishments on the federal, state and local levels, and at the bargaining table — fighting to improve the pay and working conditions of all COs and Corrections employees.
This strength-in-numbers means that whether the issue is state-oriented in Salem or of national concern in Washington, D.C., professional AFSCME lobbying staff are joining forces with our frontline Corrections members to fight the fight for you.
Here are just three examples of key legislation passed over the years in Oregon by AFSCME on behalf of our Corrections members:
There are many other examples of AFSCME using its political clout to benefit its Corrections members. We are a member-driven, bottom-up organization that strives to do our best every day. There is an old cliché that says, “You can’t spell union without you.” Trite, perhaps, but true. Get involved! AFSCME is proud to represent Corrections employees, and your participation will only make us better and stronger.
Page Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010 (15:37:50)