Teamster corrections employees will raise informational pickets at the Monroe Correctional Complex and the Washington State Penitentiary on Thursday, June 11, from 12-4 p.m. to demand that the legislature pass a budget that funds their contract and preserves their right to collectively bargain.

Corrections employees are protesting a possible government shutdown and widespread layoffs at the Department of Corrections (DOC) if the legislature does not pass a budget by June 30. The DOC has estimated that up to approximately 2,800 correctional employees could be subject to temporary layoffs in the event of a government shutdown.

The DOC recently signed a contract with the private prison GEO group to transfer inmates out-of-state to alleviate overcrowding in Washington prisons. Correctional employees say that more revenue is needed so that the DOC can responsibly house offenders in Washington State.

Teamster corrections employees
Community supporters

Corrections Employees Picketing Action
Thursday, June 11, 2015 12 - 4 P.M.

Monroe Correctional Complex Across from the Chevron Station at 17025 W Main St.
DOC Training Ctr - 1415 W. Pine Walla Walla

Paul Zilly