Union to protest staffing levels at Iowa prisons

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The union that represents correctional officers at Iowa prisons is planning an informational picket to raise awareness about what it calls dangerously low staffing levels.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 says the picket will be held Friday morning outside the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Union leaders are expected to argue that the prison and others across Iowa need more employees to improve the safety of staff, the public and the inmates.

Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration has repeatedly pushed back against claims of a staffing shortage, arguing that dropping prison populations mean less staff is necessary.

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