Ohio: Ire Over Inmate Labor Plan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 17, 2009
Ohio wants to use prisoners to replace Statehouse janitors and groundskeepers who were laid off because of budget cuts, angering a labor union. The state board that operates the building says it will probably use two inmates to do grounds work and another five for night cleaning. The union, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, which represented the laid-off workers, filed a grievance on Wednesday. “These aren’t phantom jobs — these are real jobs, real people,” said Sally Meckling, a union spokeswoman. The union said it was wrong to substitute inmate labor for union workers.