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This Gulf War Veteran Has a Message for the VA

October 20, 2015

When Gulf War veteran Eric Young was medically discharged from the Army as a 60% service-connected veteran, he knew he could trust the doctors and medical staff at Veterans Affairs to get him back on his feet. That's why Young was so concerned when he saw more and more veterans returning from conflicts overseas, and less health care workers to pick up the load.

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Categories: BOP, Member Profile

Raising the Bar Behind Bars

September 25, 2015

AFGE is committed to standing up for the correctional workers in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), working hard to get them a good paycheck, fair retirement benefits and safer working conditions.  

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Categories: BOP

Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? It's Federal Nurses Week

September 25, 2015

Anyone who has been in a hospital knows that nursing professionals are often the first people you see when you enter and the last you speak to before you leave. What many do not know is that there are approximately 100,000 nurses across several federal government agencies serving countless patients each and every day.

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Categories: DoD, VA, BOP

AFGE Members Picket Dangerous Understaffing at FCC Hazelton Prison

September 04, 2015

Correctional workers stood united alongside Interstate 68 near Bruceton Mills, WV to raise awareness and demand action on this critical safety issue. FCC Hazelton is currently understaffed beyond what the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) considers to be safe, forcing dozens of correctional officers there to work overtime. 

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Categories: BOP

AFGE Saddened by Attack on 3 Correctional Workers; Council of Prison Locals Calls for Reform

August 21, 2015

Three correctional workers at USP Canaan, were assaulted in the dining hall by an inmate they supervised. The inmate attacked a food service foreman with a shank, aiming for his throat and neck. When his colleagues tried to break up the attack, one was struck with the shank in his chest above his stab-proof vest. Two of the three correctional workers were transported to an area hospital and treated for stab wounds, one for a dislocated shoulder. The other worker was treated for minor injuries and released. The prisoner was separated from general population for safety reasons.

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Categories: BOP

CPL Raise Funds in Honor of Jose Rivera at AFGE Convention

August 21, 2015

The AFGE Council of Prison Locals has been raising funds to build the Jose Rivera Memorial Park in California. At the convention, the council asked AFGE locals and councils to make a contribution. Seven years ago, Correctional Officer Jose Rivera was brutally murdered while on the job. He was a 22-year-old Navy veteran who had been employed by the Bureau of Prisons for less than a year. He was a war hero who dedicated his life to public service. 

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Categories: BOP, Convention 2015

AFGE Renews Call for Sentencing Reform Following Historic Obama Prison Visit

July 17, 2015

AFGE’s Council of Prison Locals has been working for years to reform harsh sentencing laws like mandatory minimums and curb the resulting rampant overcrowding of prisons, which strains budgets and endangers both officers and inmates. On July 16, we gained a powerful ally in the fight when President Obama called for ending mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenders during a tour of FCI El Reno in Oklahoma.

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Categories: BOP

AFGE Launches Justice for Jose Campaign

July 02, 2015

Joseph Cabrera Sablan was already serving a life sentence when he killed Correctional Officer Jose Rivera at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., seven years ago. He admitted to stabbing Jose 27 times with a homemade shank when the unarmed 22-year-old officer was returning inmates to their cells for a headcount.Joseph Cabrera Sablan was already serving a life sentence when he killed Correctional Officer Jose Rivera at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., seven years ago. He admitted to stabbing Jose 27 times with a homemade shank when the unarmed 22-year-old officer was returning inmates to their cells for a headcount.

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Categories: DOJ, BOP

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