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      SCR Legislative Coordinator Tommy Moore Interview with KALB

      POLLOCK, La. (KALB) - A Cenla federal prison is in need of more staffing, but one bill written by a U.S. senator from Louisiana and cosponsored by two U.S. senators looks to increase pay for correctional officers and help to fix the shortage. “The problem that we’re having is staffing,” said Thomas Moore, the South Central Legislative Coordinator for the Council of Prisons Local, when asked about issues hindering the Federal Corrections Complex – Pollock (FCC Pollock). “Everything else seems to be running fairly smoothly.” Like many federal prisons across the nation, FCC Pollock is finding trouble with staffing. On a national level, according to numbers from the Bureau of Prisons, federal prisons are 8,140 correctional officers short of being fully staffed. Over at FCC Pollock, the complex is 45 correctional officers short, according to Moore. He said if FCC Pollock’s staffing numbers go up, the hours of mandates would be cut back. “Augmentation would be, we wouldn’t have to use it anymore,” Moore said. “If we could get the staffing levels up, it’d be a safer environment for staff, for inmates and the general public.” That is why U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) created Bill S-3771, titled the “Pay Our Correctional Officers Fairly Act”. The bill, cosponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (R-Connecticut) and Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pennsylvania), was introduced on the Senate floor on Feb. 8. If passed, the measure would allow for competitive pay that better reflects the cost of living, commute times, alternative careers and the hard work and dedication of Bureau of Prisons employees, according to U.S. Senator Cassidy. “It would make us more attractive,” Moore said. “Years ago, [FCC] Pollock was the place to go work.” Moore said the complex offered retirement, decent benefits and good compensation. However, Moore said due to the current state of the economy and other factors, their pay is not where it should be. “I could go work 16-hour shifts three or four times a week at Pollock, or I could go work over here and work five days a week, eight hours a day and go home,” said Moore. “If we could get these things passed and come to [FCC] Pollock, I think it would be better.” S-3771 has been read twice in Congress and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Moore said FCC Pollock is a good place to work if you have the staff. “I’ve been in the Bureau of Prisons for 15 years now,” said Moore. “I was there when we didn’t have these problems, as far as mandates, augmentation, and we had the staff. You’ve got to have the staff to keep it safe and make it a good career.”


      REP. WEBER INTRODUCES THE "PAY OUR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS FAIRLY ACT" Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Print this Page Share by Email Washington, October 27, 2021 | Lisa Reynolds (202-412-2010) Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, October 27, 2021. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14), joined by Reps.

      Biden Proposes 5.2% Pay Increase for Federal Workers and Military in 2024

      President Biden officially proposed a 5.2% average pay raise for both civilian federal employees and military service members next year as part of his fiscal 2024 budget plan released Thursday. The figure marks an increase over the 4.6% pay hike feds received in 2023, and would be the highest proposed pay hike federal workers have seen since the Carter administration implemented a 9.1% average pay increase in 1980. The budget documents released Thursday do not specify what portion of the raise will be dedicated to across-the-board increases in basic pay, although traditionally presidents have set aside 0.5% of an overall pay raise figure for average boosts in locality pay. The White House highlighted the pay raise as part of its effort to ensure the federal government is “equitable, effective and accountable” and betters delivers services to the American people by helping agencies compete for talent. “Federal agencies are focused on attracting more people to federal service over the long term, while also addressing immediate agency hiring needs to rebuild capacity,” administration officials wrote. “[The] budget provides an average pay increase of 5.2% for civilian and military personnel—and answers the president’s call for agencies to lead by example in supporting federal worker organizing and collective bargaining.”

      Federal Prisons Employees Aren’t Entitled to COVID Hazard Pay, Appeals Judges Rule

      A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that U.S. Bureau of Prisons employees cannot sue over the government’s denial of hazard pay benefits in connection with their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a 10-2 decision by the full U.S.

      Pineville Mayor Letter of Support for FCC Pollock Staff

      AFGE Local President James Byrd and Legislative Coordinator Thomas Moore met with Pineville Mayor Rich Dupree regarding the low staffing levels at FCC Pollock. Among the discussion of the staffing shortage they also asked if the Mayor would write a letter of support for the 25% recruitment and retention incentive for all staff at Pollock. Mayor Dupree extended his support for Pollock and submitted a letter to the Director, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Justice. We have attached the letter Mayor Dupree wrote on our behalf. We want to thank Mayor Dupree for his support.
      Download: Pollock Prison support letter.pdf

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