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Wed May 18, 2011
State settles Corrections department versus union case
Cheyenne, WY – The State of Wyoming has agreed to pay nearly $45,000 to settle claims by a correctional officers' union that top administrators at the state Department of Corrections retaliated against them for union activities.
In the settlement, Corrections Department Director Robert
Lampert also agreed to allow the Wyoming Association of
Correctional Employees more freedom to try to recruit new members
and to express concerns about prison management. The Corrections
Department declined comment.
Retired correctional officer Dee Garrison is union president and
a plaintiff in the lawsuit. She says the settlement means the union
can stand up for correctional officers without fear of retaliation.
The lawsuit had contended the state retaliated against union
officials for public criticism of chronic understaffing at the
state prison in Rawlins and other issues.