Union reacts to corrections audit: Staffing and pay must be addressed
Responding to an independent audit that found Florida’s prisons are so “chronically understaffed” that an emergency should be declared, a group of South Florida members of the union that represents state corrections officers called on Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers to take action.
In no way did this article address the severity of the pay parity issue between officers of various agencies. I posted a comment on the article:
Publishing page three of the Teamsters’ “FDOC Parity of Pay: Impacts of Turnover” report would have made it crystal clear to tampabay.com readers that Florida corrections officers are paid far less than Florida fish and wildlife officers, so much so that working your way up to middle management in corrections doesn’t get your wages to the STARTING pay for fish and wildlife officers. Corrections was formerly a career; now it is a dangerous, dead-end avocation.
If you haven’t time to read the previous post that I attached to the comment, here is page three of the Teamsters’ report that I referenced, which verifies that officers who may have to deal with poachers are inexplicably paid more than corrections officers who will most definitely have to deal with killers …