Corrections officers' union pushing for 'bill of rights'

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 9, 2013 6:47 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The corrections officers' union is pushing for a so-called "bill of rights" for its members.

It would give them the ability to file an appeal during disciplinary proceedings, among other things.

Jason Bloom is the vice president of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association.

He says guards can be suspended without pay and benefits, while lengthy incident investigations take place.

"It could take from 60 days up to two years," Bloom explains. "During this time, this member and their family are pretty much left to swing in the wind, and they have no idea why."

Bloom says such actions can affect morale for the 12,000 guards across the department's 26 prisons and 14 community corrections centers.

He and other union members have testified before lawmakers about the issue.

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