Oregon AFSCME is proud to
join with Gov. Kate Brown, AFSCME International President Lee Saunders and many
others in saluting our Corrections members as this week (May 3-9) is National
Correctional Employees Week.
Council 75 is the largest
union of Corrections employees in Oregon, and nationwide, AFSCME represents
62,000 correctional officers and 23,000 other correctional employees, making it
the largest union of Corrections employees in the U.S.
"On behalf of Oregon AFSCME
and AFSCME International, I want to congratulate and salute all of our
Corrections employees," said Allen, who also serves as an AFSCME International
Vice President. "We are proud to represent you, both Security and Security Plus
members, and recognize the difficult jobs you do."
Jeff Klatke, re-elected as
Council 75 President last month, echoed Allen's sentiments.
"I just want to acknowledge
our Corrections members and thank them for their service," said Klatke. "They
do jobs many of us would never do, and they have the respect and appreciation
of this Council."
Brown, the state's
relatively new governor, celebrated her first NCEW as Oregon's chief executive
with the following:
"Corrections and Youth
Authority employees distinguish themselves daily by their professionalism in
supervising adult and youth offenders, and in carrying out their agencies'
missions, values and goals with enthusiasm and pride," said Brown in her
proclamation on National Corrections Week (which is attached to this article).
Council 75 Corrections
Coordinator Tim Woolery adds perspective from his 18 years as Corrections
Officer before joining the AFSCME staff.
"Those of us who have worked
'inside the walls' understand there's no letting down, that's it's truly
'Corrections Week' 52 weeks a year," said Woolery. "That said, it is nice to
pause and reflect on the important work our members do, so I add my voice in
saluting all of our AFSCME-represented DOC employees."