State of Connectict Clerical Bargaining Unit Local 196

Protecting Public Safety Workers

AFSCME Local 387 President Dwayne Bickford talks about safety issues with New Haven Register reporter Luther Turmelle.

Protecting public service workers' personal details from those who would use it to threaten or harass them or their families has long been a priority for Council 4.

The issue came to the fore when inmates in the state's prison system increasingly used the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to private information that would compromise the personal safety and well-being of correction officers and other front-line public safety worker.

Working with the CSEA NP-8 unit representing captains and lieutenants, we advocated for for legislation to shield correction professionals, forensic technicians, and mental health specialists from having personal information released..

Council 4 members and staff participate in the legislature's permanent sub-committee on correctional staff safety and health.

Our efforts paid off as the General Assembly passed a bill (HB 5404) that would regulate inmate access to personnel records. We are now calling on the governor to sign it into law.


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