State reaches deal with Nebraska Correctional Union

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Tuesday signed an agreement with the state’s Corrections Union to secure an employment contract.

This agreement between the State of Nebraska and the Fraternal Police Order, which represents protection personnel, includes a 3 percent increase in employee compensation based on market conditions in each of the next two years. The deal also provides performance-based pay increases for communications professionals, security guards and military security officers at the NDCS and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our people in our correctional facilities are wonderful public servants who work tirelessly to help keep the public safe,” the Governor said in a press release. “This agreement shows Nebraska’s commitment to supporting our security forces, the men and women who work every day to keep our state safe.”

FOP President Mike Chipman said the agreement will allow the department to continue its successful recruiting efforts.

“We have already hired over 400 officers and look forward to this agreement continuing this success,” Chipman said in a press release.

In 2021, the NDCS saw a large influx of interest in employment after a new union agreement provided historic pay increases for correctional workers.

“The agreements made over the past few years have been instrumental in recruiting and retaining members of the NDCS team,” Diane Sabatka-Rine, director of the Department of Corrections, said in a press release. “These efforts are leading to safer prisons and safer Nebraska communities.”

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