• Petitioned Governor Deval Patrick and Sheriff Thomas Hodgson

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Governor Deval Patrick and Sheriff Thomas Hodgson

Equal and fair pay for the Correctional Officers of Bristol County

    1. Marion Desa
    2. Petition by

      Marion Desa

      Somerset, MA

It’s been over a DECADE since the Correctional Officers at Bristol County Sheriffs department have received a pay raise. I said Correctional Officers because all other staff members of the Bristol County Sheriffs department including the Sheriff have received pay raises but the people that put their lives in jeopardy every day to do a job that not many people can do, are going unappreciated and underpaid.

The state took over the funding for county jails almost two years ago. All other sheriffs departments were able to find it in their budget to give a pay increase to off set the increase they had to their medical benefits, that is all sheriffs departments except Bristol County.

Sheriff Hodgson is now in a tug of war with Governor Deval Patrick about funding. To get Governor Patrick’s attention he has threatened to close down facilities that local police departments use and he has followed through on shutting down programs for the inmates therefore causing a lot of unrest with the inmates which places the correctional officers at greater risk.

The Correctional Officers have gone unheard for too long. We have contacted state reps and the governor’s office and the only one that acted was Senator James Welch who tried to get a bill passed to bring the correctional officers to parity with other counties and state correctional officers of Massachusetts. Unfortunately the bill did not pass, we are now asking for your support to bring this issue to light and help the men and women of Bristol County Sheriffs Department receive the pay they deserve for the dangerous job they perform.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Article by Mr Will Richmond

      Marion Desa
      Petition Organizer

      A huge thank you to Mr Will Richmond for helping to bring awareness to the issues that Correctional Officers of Bristol County have been dealing with. Check out his article.
      http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x781382567/Online-petition-Raise-correctional-officers-pay

      Online petition: Raise correctional officers' pay

      A retired Bristol County correctional officer is taking to the Internet in an attempt to draw attention to the low working wages for the security staff at the region's Sheriff's Department. Marion DeSa, who has been on disabled-retired status for the past nine years, has started an online petition at the website change.org in an effort to seek support for increasing Bristol County correctional officers' salaries.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

      I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

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    • Joshua Brandenburg NEWBEDFORD, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I work there and I am tired of the stress and abuse endured from this miserable job only to receive a pay check that leaves me using the little time I have to spend with my family in the welfare lines trying to get food for my children. But thats not all! With over crowding inside the jails it doesn't matter how much cleaning is done the place is a breeding ground for germs and deseases. We are exposed to everything know to man and to offsets this we are given heath insurance we cant afford to use that is sub-standard to public health benifits such as mass health. Yet some how myself and all the other officers that work there fight depression and muster the energy to show up for work day after day.

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    • NANCY CARTER DARTMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      BECAUSE I WORK AT THIS JOB THAT VERY FEW WOULD EVEN DO AND WE JUST WANT WHAT IS RIGHT/FAIR... WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR SPECIAL PAYS JUST SAME PAY FOR DOING THE SAME JOB... JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH ALL THE SHERIFF'S... REALLY IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, TO FOLLOW LABOR LAW EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL JOB...

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    • walter smith SOMERSET, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have been in more than 30 prisons as a vendor. I respect the work in a more than difficult environment.

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    • Victoria Giampa NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Family friends are correctional officers, and many other people I know.

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