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Union leaders against Thomson staff pay cut

American Federation of Government Employees

The largest union representing prison workers spoke out last week in support of the staff at Thomson Prison.

The American Federation of Government Employees, along with local labor leaders, released a statement Thursday urging the Bureau of Prisons not to cut Thomson's retention bonus.

Losing the pay incentive would mean a 25% pay cut for the workers. The Local 4070 chapter of the union said that would "endanger prison workers, inmates and the communities surrounding the prison."

Local 4070 president Jon Zumkehr said in the release that over one-third of Thomson staff said they would leave if the bonus is cut.

It was put in place in early 2022 to address staffing shortages. The federal prison was converted to a low security prison earlier this year after an investigation last year by NPR and The Marshall Project.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.

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