TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 26, 2011 — Privatization Will Cost Thousands of Jobs, Jeopardize Public Safety
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Florida Department of Corrections Officers (FDOC) and members of the Teamsters Union today delivered thousands of postcards to state Sen. Mike Haridopolos urging him not to support bills that call for privatizing the state’s prisons.
“These correctional officers and I are here today representing themselves as both public servants and voters,” said retired FDOC Col. William Muse. “Many of these officers drove hours and even worked double shifts to be here today because of the responsibility to our families, their coworkers and our communities to fight the effort to privatize the state’s prisons.”
“Corrections officers see firsthand what the state’s most violent criminals are capable of and have pride in the job that we do to protect the public despite risks to ourselves,” Col. Muse said. “Protecting our public safety should not be left to private companies that put profits over people. We are urging Senate President Haridopolos and our legislators to be real leaders and stand up to the effort to privatize the state’s prisons.”
“Privatizing prisons is bad public policy,” said Teamsters International Vice President Ken Wood, who is also President of Teamsters Local 79 in Tampa and President of Teamsters Joint Council 75. “It will put more communities at risk and not result in savings to taxpayers. The Florida Legislature needs to be focused on the needs of its citizens, not corporate interests.”
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