State reaches agreement with Nebraska Corrections Union

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen on Tuesday signed an agreement with the state corrections office union to consolidate a labor contract.

This agreement between the State of Nebraska and the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents personnel classified as Protective Services, includes 3 percent market-matched salary increases for employees in each of the next two years. The agreement also provides performance-based compensation increases for security communications specialists, security guards and military security officers at NDCS and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our staff in our correctional facilities are great public servants who work tirelessly to help ensure public safety,” the governor said in the news release. “This agreement demonstrates that Nebraska is dedicated to supporting our protective services men and women as they work every day to keep our state safe.”

FOP Chairman Mike Chipman said the deal will allow continued hiring success within the department.

“We have already hired more than 400 officers and we hope this deal continues that success,” Chipman said in the statement.

In 2021, NDCS saw a large influx of employment interest there after a new union contract secured a historic wage increase for corrections workers.

“Contractual arrangements in recent years have been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of NDCS team members,” said Diane Sabatka-Rine, director of the Department of Corrections. “These efforts result in safer prisons and safer Nebraska communities.”

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