Listen now! Fight for additional staffing, protective equipment in BOP discussed on "Inside Government"

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WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tune in now to AFGE's "Inside Government" as the union fights for additional staffing and protective equipment in the Bureau of Prisons. The show, which originally aired on Friday, March 15, is now available on demand.

AFGE Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel discussed the need for more resources in BOP in the wake of the recent death of correctional officer Eric Williams. Williams, 34, died on Feb. 25 after being assaulted by an inmate with a homemade weapon at the United States Penitentiary – Canaan in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jean Dearden, director of the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Program at the National Labor College, highlighted degree programs and courses offered by NLC as well as AFGE's JNS Scholarship.

Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean then detailed efforts to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Dean also discussed sequestration and federal employee furloughs.

Lastly, AFGE Department of Veterans Affairs Local 1843 President Kelvin Flannery and Treasurer Betty Conlin addressed the impact sequestration will have on veterans and highlighted the local's community service initiatives.

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"Inside Government" is a one-hour weekly nationwide radio/Internet program dedicated to issues that impact federal and D.C. government employees. The show airs each Friday at 10 a.m. on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington, D.C., and online at It is also available to millions of iPod users through Apple's iTunes podcast. "Inside Government" is produced by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation's largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees


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