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New Bill Works to Solve Corrections Staffing Crisis by Providing Wages Based on Skill and Experience
February 14, 2019 (Lincoln, NE) — Today, Senator Kate Bolz introduced legislation to improve retention for frontline employees at the Nebraska Department of Corrections. The bill, LB109, will be heard today in the Government Committee and creates new pay structures that rewards experience and skills gained while working for the Department.
Currently, employees are not guaranteed wages that reflect experience on the job.
“It’s clear that to solve our prison staffing crisis and cut long-term training costs to the state, we must do more to keep the employees we’ve already invested in” said Senator Kate Bolz.
LB109 requires that beginning in 2021/2022 must create three tiers of experience with increasing pay structures for corrections corporals, sergeants and unit caseworkers, respectively.
The Department of Corrections has suffered from staffing vacancies and high turnover for much of the decade. A 2016 workplace culture study commissioned by the Department showed experience was of high value to operations. The same report mentioned the necessity of employee retention in maintaining secure facilities, “Keeping quality, trained staff is important for maintaining safe and secure prisons in Nebraska. Not only are staff responsible for keeping offenders and the public safe, they play a vital role in the rehabilitative process for offenders, assisting with their successful reentry into our communities upon release.”
“By introducing new staffing wage tiers, we can recognize the most experienced and highly trained Department of Corrections employees and incentivize them to stay with the Department throughout their careers,” said Senator Bolz.
Senator Kate Bolz of Lincoln represents District #29 in the Nebraska Legislature
We are pleased to be back at work in the 2019 Legislative Session! We continue to work hard to represent your interests in the Nebraska Unicameral. It will be an exciting year continuing to work to balance the budget while protecting priorities like education and health care, and discussing important legislation related to reform of the Department of Correctional Services, tax relief, and more.
We want to share information with you about this legislative session. Please keep in touch with us!
How to Reach District #29
Please feel free to contact us in the following ways:
Senator Kate Bolz
Nebraska State Capitol, 1455 K St.
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Office: (402) 471-2734
Kate’s Cell: (402) 802-8312
Senator Bolz’s Agenda
This year, we will focus on a number of priorities for District #29. They include:
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