Correctional Officers Association of Delaware lists items to be addressed by governor, assembly

The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware announced Tuesday a list of demands that they say must be addressed by Governor Carney and the Delaware General Assembly.

COAD, which is set to soon begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, is proposing multiple changes to the new contract's statutory language relating to the work environment of correctional officers.

Because their proposals will have significant fiscal impacts, COAD officials are publicly announcing their demands so that the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the general assembly can, according to COAD, accomplish any necessary legislative or budgetary changes before the legislative session ends in June.

The list features 16 demands, including a call for a complete staffing overhaul for all facilities, changes to salary structures, stun devices and radios for all employees working in locations that house inmates and a policy that no fewer than two employees are to be assigned to any post where inmate contact occurs.

The final demand listed is a call for the repeal of an agreement between the Department of Correction and the American Civil Liberties Union that COAD says undermines the authority of correctional officers.

COAD's statement including their full list of demands can be seen here.

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