Local AFSCME correctional employee union president Lance Lowery contacted us recently about some concerns the organization has for TDCJ understaffing and safety.
Lowery told us, “On October 1st, we had asked for the governor to implement an emergency pay raise for TDCJ employees due to enormous staff shortages statewide . . . .
According to Lowery the only action by the state right now is to offer a $3,000 dollar bonus to get employees for “more dangerously understaffed units.” He says that has not worked. Lowery said, “The problem we are having is not recruiting employees–it’s maintaining employees.”