Wisconsin Union Head Says Prisons Deteriorating

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 7:11 am

On Wednesday, the head of Wisconsin’s state employees union told an Assembly Committee that safety at the state’s prisons has deteriorated since workers there lost their ability to collective bargain.

The Associated Press reports that Marty Beil told the committee on Wednesday that staffing shortages have also led to increased stress on workers and created an unsafe environment. Beil said six workers have been assaulted by inmates since Christmas Eve.

But Corrections Secretary Ed Wall says none of the people in any of those incidents were admitted to the hospital. He says he couldn’t discuss them in more detail because of health privacy laws.

Wisconsin State Employees Union represents about 1,800 Corrections workers. Prison guards have been organizing an effort to separate from the WSEU and form their own union.

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