Use the tools below to send a letter to your lawmaker on each of the following specific issues.
In May 2017, the Bureau of Prisons agreed to provide secure gun lockers to correctional workers, so that they could safely store their firearms on their commute to and from work. But the fight isn't over - we want to ensure that this policy change is signed into law for years to come.
In May of 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act of 2017, which makes the murder of a correctional worker or other first responder an aggravating factor in sentencing. But the bill still needs to pass the Senate - and we need your help to make it happen.
Council 33 uses official time to stand up for workers who have been wrongfully terminated, disciplined, harassed, or intimidated because of bad management practices. Official time is also used to improve correctional worker safety.
Working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons will never be easy. But it shouldn’t be a death sentence. Help us protect those who protect America.
In March of 2016, President Obama signed the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act into law, providing permanent funding to provide pepper spray and usage training to correctional workers across the country. This law would not have been possible without activists like you and lawmakers in the Senate and House passing the bill.
Learn the history behind the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act.
Because of the hard work of safe prisons activists like you, correctional workers now have access to a fair retirement that they have earned.
In July of 2015, President Obama signed a bill to allow law enforcement workers who retire after December 31, 2015, to access their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), without paying a 10% penalty on withdrawals. The bipartisan Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act exempts law enforcement officers from the 10% penalty on their TSP if they retire at 50.
AFGE and our law enforcement councils have worked tirelessly for decades to see this retirement penalty reformed. Workers like you are responsible for securing our communities. You deserve a fair retirement with no pointless penalties on your savings. Thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of your coworkers and communities.