(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) – By a majority vote, correctional officers at Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Correctional Facility joined Teamsters Local 384 yesterday. The officers join the more than 2,000 law enforcement officers already represented by the Teamsters across the state and they become part of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers Association.
“Montgomery County correctional officers voted loud and clear that they wanted Teamster representation on the job,” said Bill Hamilton, Teamsters International Vice President and President of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters. “We have a strong track record for giving law enforcement employees a voice on the job and we are proud to add the Montgomery County Correctional Facility officers to our membership.”
There are 235 correctional officers at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. The officers are responsible for processing inmates as they enter the facility and ensuring their safety while they are incarcerated.
“Our new members had seen that the Montgomery County probation officers and deputy sheriffs, who are already Teamster members, receive better treatment on the job and they wanted the same,” said Mike Bonaduce, President of Local 384. “Now that the vote has resulted in a victory, we are ready and excited to start working on their contract.”
“The victory in Montgomery County speaks to our union’s commitment to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities,” said Michael Filler, Teamsters Public Services Division Director. “It also reaffirms the decision made earlier this month by the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters to establish a Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers Association as an important voice for uniformed and non-uniformed personnel at the local, county and state level.”
The Teamsters Public Services Division represents 50,000 law enforcement officers across the country including officers at correctional facilities, police departments as well as sheriff’s deputies. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.