Safety Through Collective Bargaining Rights: Kelvin’s Story

Safety Through Collective Bargaining Rights: Kelvin’s Story


I have to step forward because
I don’t want any coworker getting hurt anymore. My name is Kelvin Chung, I’m a Corrections Officer
working in Ely State Prison in Nevada. I’m currently working for a night shift. Every day I have to go to work at
5 PM in the afternoon until 5 AM in the morning. In my current post,
I’m supposed to be working at the gatehouse checking all the in- and outgoing traffic. Around 10 o’clock, April 1st,
after we lay down all the canteen on the floor, the senior officer in the bubble opened the door and letting those inmates come freely
to collect the canteens. After they opened the second cell, the people from the Cell 3, those two
inmates ran on me, and start to attack me. One attack me in the front,
one flanked me to the back, and they just keep punching me, kicking me. My coworker using one of the small
can of MK4, the OC gas, to try to stop them and also using to try to save me. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days, and they put a lot of morphine. My head
is just swelling and a lot of pain. During that period of time, I have a lot of coworkers came to see me,
and I was so impressed. Because I was in the hospital, I know, I realized I got seriously injured, and that close lost my life. I just want you guys to see my face. Unfortunately our equipment, our training,
not up to date, and as a result,
a lot of officers are being hurt. We need a voice to voice out to the management, and to save our employees
and our staff. We need a strong union,
and we want our management to understand: don’t jeopardize security and safety
for money, for mismanagement.

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