Dear State Employee,
The Tennessee Department of Correction intends to implement a new 28-day work cycle, scheduled to begin at Northeast Correctional Complex on August 24, 2014. In this email, you will find a link to a survey about the 28-day work cycle. We encourage all TDOC employees, regardless of membership status, to fill out this survey. We also encourage you to forward this survey to your coworkers.
TSEA is working hard to ensure you are treated fairly in your workplace and, with this survey, seeks to better understand your position on this recent proposed change. TSEA represents all state employees and would like to hear from as many employees impacted by this change as possible.
Below is a list of recent statements from or facts about the Department of Correction:
- The Tennessee Department of Correction is set to implement a new 28-day work cycle at Northeast Correctional Complex on August 24, 2014.
- DOC expects the new work cycle to be fully implemented in all facilities state-wide by Spring 2015.
- DOC says the ability to recruit and retain qualified staff is a concern for the department.
- DOC says salary levels are critical in recruitment and retention of staff.
- The system-wide turnover rate for correctional officers is 32% (Low – NECX 12%, High – BCCX 57%).
- In June of 2013 there were 245 correctional officers vacancies state-wide (308 total vacancies).
- The average starting salary for a correctional officer in Tennessee is $25,476.
- The average starting salary for a law enforcement officer in Shelby County is $35,211.
- DOC expects the new work cycle to reduce overtime.
- DOC expects the new work cycle to reduce the number of officers needed for each shift without compromising safety.
- The 28-day work cycle will rotate employee off days.
- Currently, premium overtime is paid for any more than 40 hours worked in a 7-day work cycle.
- Under the new work cycle, premium overtime is paid for more than 171 hours worked within the 28-day cycle.
- In 2010, there were 612 reported assaults on staff. In 2011, there were 716, and in 2012, there were 779 assaults.
- In late 2012 Commissioner Schofield gave Wardens exclusive authority to classify assaults on internal reports.
- In 2013, there were 704 assaults on staff reported.
For 40 years, TSEA has been one of the strongest and most effective membership organizations in Tennessee. We thank you for another opportunity to serve you.
TSEA Executive Director
NOTE: After you have printed and filled out the survey, please place the survey in an envelope and mail it back to TSEA at:
TSEA Survey Response
627 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206