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  • Robert's Review, January 2019
    Updated On: Jan 08, 2019
    ROBERT DAVIS, Sgt.-At-Arms

    The month of January is here and I for one look forward to the new challenges of the new year. In a short amount of time the new administration, here at that PBA has worked hard to accomplish all the goals set by our new president. This new administration does not intend to rest, as we continue to address the many concerns of our members. Our members come first, and the old administration seemed to forget that point. Let’s get right to business. 

    Speaking from my own personal experience, I come from a time that when they would use lead-based paint when they painted inside the jail. Oh wait, they can’t do that because it’s bad for you. Or how about when I started working for Corrections and we used to sell cigarettes by the carton to the inmates? And, for those inmates that couldn’t afford to buy them, the Corrections Department provided R.I.P. tobacco for free. For those of you who are too young to know what that is, it’s small bags of pure tobacco that was handed out to inmates with wrapping paper, so they could roll up cigarettes and smoke inside the units and cells. Oh yes, with the officers inside for their 8-hour shift. At the time we were told that secondhand smoke was not bad for you, the only people that were being hurt were the ones doing the smoking. I could still remember coming to work on commissary day in South Unit 1 of the Stockade, and when they would open the door to let us in to relieve the prior shift how all of the smoke would come pouring out. You see, the South Unit 1 where I worked housed over 90 inmates with absolutely no external ventilation. No one knew anything about the dangers of secondhand smoke. 

    Even with that being said, I was forced to work there for three years before I had enough seniority to get a new assignment. I hope I never have a problem with, heaven forbid, lung cancer or emphysema. I can pretty much guess what Worker’s Comp would say about my claims. I promise it wouldn’t be good. 

    And therein lies the problem with the scanning of the food - no one can say that’s it's absolutely safe for food. The machine was designed for items and objects. That is why I am happy to report that the department has decided to reconsider their position on food being scanned and allow officers to have their food visually inspected instead. We here at the PBA appreciate the department addressing the officers’ concerns about their health.  

    On a lighter note, we recently hosted the Heart Bill Seminar here at the PBA. Over 50 officers and firefighters attended. Yes, I said firefighters. I did say there is a new administration at the PBA and our doors are open to them as they have always kept their doors open to us. We had several attorneys on-hand to answer all questions as they relate to dealing with Worker’s Comp issues, not just the Heart Bill. Our Pharmacy Network was here as well to provide home delivery service of medications. The beautiful thing about this is that it’s all free - the representation and delivery of medications. Now I know how our members like free stuff, so I will be announcing another seminar sometime in March. 

    As always, in closing, stay safe out there. 

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