Ethics Complaint Prompts Investigation Into Scott’s Prison Privatization Plan

Posted: October 9, 2011 in News and politics

Board Finds Complaint Filed By Teamsters Against Governor ‘Legally
Sufficient’

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 27,
2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Florida’s
Ethics Commission has found that the ethics complaint filed by the Teamsters
Union is “legally sufficient” and will result in an investigation into Gov.
Rick Scott’s plan to privatize the state’s
prisons.

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The Teamsters Union filed the complaint Sept. 12,
raising major concerns about Scott and the Republican Party accepting nearly
$1 million in inaugural contributions from two
companies that have advocated for the governor to privatize the state’s prison
system and are seeking contracts.

“The governor’s privatization scheme smacks of political payback, pure and
simple,” said Ken Wood, Teamsters International
Vice President and President of Teamsters Local 79 in Tampa. “I applaud the Ethics Commission for moving
forward with an investigation. As a result, the bid process now under way for
management contracts is tainted and should be stopped immediately. Privatizing
Florida’s prisons won’t save the state money. It will result in poor management
and it will damage communities.”

Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) officers have come out in support of
the Teamsters’ complaint and in overwhelming opposition to the governor’s
attempts to railroad through his privatization scheme. And, FDOC employees have
rallied with the Teamsters in the hopes that the union can become their
bargaining agent.

The Teamsters are assisting 20,000 FDOC officers seeking aggressive
representation on the job. For more information, visit http://fdocteamsters.org.

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men
and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
For more information, go to www.teamster.org

 

SOURCE Teamsters Joint Council 75

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