The first full week of May,
May 6-12 this year, is National Corrections Employees Week. Oregon AFSCME
wishes to recognize and congratulate all of our Corrections members on behalf
"I would like to express a
'thank you' to all of our Corrections members for the great and important work
you do," said Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Ken Allen. "We take great pride
in being the No. 1 Corrections union, both in Oregon and nationwide. We also
take our responsibility to do the best job we can representing your issues at
your prisons, in Salem and in Washington, D.C., very seriously. Congratulations
as the entire nation honors you."
The first week of May was
designated National Corrections Workers Week by President Ronald Reagan in
"More than 85,000
corrections officers and workers are AFSCME members," noted AFSCME
International President Gerald McEntee. "We are proud of the difficult
work they do in both maximum- and minimum-security facilities, state prisons
and county jails. These men and women are doing an important job, often
under dangerous conditions, in our criminal justice system. They safeguard
the public from those who would do us harm."
Both Gov. John Kitzhaber and
new Oregon DOC Director Colette Peters also issued statements saluting the
state's correctional employees.