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Union Workers Call for State to Fix Under-Staffing Issues

Posted: 09/27/2017 22:39:00 -04:00 Updated:
AFSCME Union Members tally outside of the Wicomico County District Courthouse in Salisbury Wednesday afternoon. AFSCME Union Members tally outside of the Wicomico County District Courthouse in Salisbury Wednesday afternoon.

SALISBURY, Md. – A union representing state, county and municipal workers held a rally Wednesday afternoon in downtown Salisbury. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME are urging Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to take action and fill what it believes is a dangerous under-staffing issue in various state-run facilities.

Union members, the Worcester County NAACP, Sen. Jim Mathias and others were on hand outside the Wicomico County District Court on Baptist Street. Patrick Moran, AFSCME Council President, believes Hogan is not fulfilling his promise to the state. Moran cited under-staffing at various state hospitals, specifically geriatric facilities, as well as the under-staffing at Eastern Correctional Institute.

“People are leaving in droves from the correctional facilities because they're not tolerating it anymore,” Moran said. “They put their time and they're being overworked…That is putting the other officers at risk and putting the people they’re overseeing at risk. That, in turn, is putting communities at risk.”

WBOC reached out the Maryland Department of Corrections, which said it is doing everything it can to fill the vacancies at Eastern Correctional Institution in Princess Anne. The DOC cited last year’s indictment of 80 people, as the result of a major smuggling operation inside ECI as a reason the vacancies exist. Of those 80 indicted, 18 were correctional officers while the rest were inmates and conspirators outside the prision, according to the Department of Corrections. 

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