Rest in Peace Joseph Gomm

Rest in Peace Joseph Gomm.
Thank you for your service.
Our heartfelt condolences for Joseph’s family and fellow
CO’s at MCF Stillwater.

Stillwater CO, Joseph Gomm killed on duty

According to the Star Tribune:

“An inmate serving time for homicide killed a corrections officer Wednesday afternoon in Stillwater prison, authorities said.

The attack occurred about 1:30 p.m. in an industry building, according to the state Department of Corrections (DOC). The killing prompted a lockdown of all state prisons.

The officer was identified as Joseph B. Gomm, who had been on the job for 16 years. He was taken to Regions Hospital and died there.”

Everyday Corrections Officers and Detention Deputies put on a uniform and protect the public from the criminals after they are removed from the streets. Quietly and out of sight they protect society performing a most dangerous job.

Our hearts go out to the family of Joseph Gromm, who gave his life protecting others.

Happy Independence Day

MNPEA wishes all of you a happy Independence Day Holiday.

 

Happy Memorial Day

MNPEA remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty.

MNPEA wishes you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Remember, like many of our CO and LEO members, our legal team is also available
over the long weekend should you need us.

New Pension Bill Passes

HF3053 and SF2620 have passed.

For our PERA Corrections Plan members this means the COLA will cap out at 2.5% as it currently does.

The firsts drafts of this bill would have maxed the COLA for Corrections Retirees at 1.5%.

Our MNPEA Vice President and Retiree Wade Laszlo, representing retired CO’s met with the PERA Board and PERA Executive director Doug Anderson as well as working with their legislators to remedy the original proposal.

No other Unions representing CO’s stepped up to the plate, in fact they had already signed off on the cut to 1.5%.

The PERA Police and Fire Pension has also seen a fix.

From the PERA website the new Bill:

“Eliminates the trigger to 2.5 percent thereby fixing the COLA at the current 1 percent. Under measurements from last year that showed the plan’s funding status was projected to decline, the 2.5 percent COLA was never expected to occur.”

The MNPEA does not support any cuts to Corrections Officers, Police Officers or Retirees. But we do have a question to ask. Why does the leadership of so few Unions get to make such important decisions for so many, about cuts in Pensions without ever going to their members for a vote?

 

National Law Enforcement Week

MNPEA salutes our Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

Thank you!
May 13 -19, 2018

National Correctional Officers Week, May 6-12

In May of 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed this Proclamation for National Correctional Officers Week:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation’s prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.

Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as “guards,” occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional Officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.

In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as “National Correctional Officers Week,” and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 6, 1984, as National Correctional Officers Week. I call upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eightyfour, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

MNPEA extends condolences to Gilchrist Co Sheriff’s Deputies Families

 

MNPEA extends our sympathy to the families and fellow LEO’s of
Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

Two sheriff’s deputies have been killed in Florida Thursday— gunned down in broad daylight — during a suspected ambush, according to authorities.

 

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Annual Steward Training

MNPEA thanks of all of members who attended our annual Steward Training last Thursday.

We look forward to holding this same Steward Training in Northern Minnesota in the near future.

7 inmates dead in Prison Riot

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina prisons director says a riot that led to the deaths of seven inmates was a fight over money, territory and contraband.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said cellphones helped stir up trouble Sunday night at the Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville. He says the fights started in one unit and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two more units.

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