LONZO RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF STATE EMPLOYEES UNIONGary Lonzo
has been unanimously re-elected to a fifth term as president of the Wisconsin State Employees Union
was re-elected by delegates at the union's 66th annual convention July 16-18 in Green Bay.In this capacity, Lonzo
will preside at all meetings of the union's executive board over the next two years and will appoint all standing and special committees of Council 24
.Lonzo, of Suamico, a sergeant at Green Bay Correctional Institute, has also served as chair of the Coalition of Correctional Institutions since 1986 and has served on the Governor's Task Force on AIDS.
In this capacity, Fendel will assist President Gary Lonzo
in guiding the union's leadership and activities over the next two years.
...MADISON, WI - After the events Wednesday, there ought to be a complete - not partial - lockdown of inmates at the tense Green Bay Correction Institution, where 12 officers were injured during a disturbance, Gary Lonzo, President of officers' Local Union 32, said today.Lonzo
Criticized the state Department
of Corrections for only ordering a partial lockdown after Wednesday's incident.Under that procedure, selected work crews and feeding in the kitchen continue."We need a full lockdown that will confine all inmates to their cells, along with looking at policy changes which will make the institution a safer place for everyone," said Lonzo, a sergeant at the institution, also President of AFSCME Council 24 - Wisconsin State Employees Union.
"This is a dangerous situation.There needs to be a compete shakedown of the cells for weapons and contraband, which has not happened in a couple of years."
"We had a dozen officers hurt Wednesday," Lonzo
said, "nine of them requiring hospital treatment.
"The officers did an excellent job in controlling the situation," Lonzo
said."But what's more important here - spending a little money for a complete lockdown or jeopardizing the safety of the staff?"Lonzo
noted the dangerously overcrowded facility has some 945 inmates, about 440 over capacity, and that it is understaffed."We are 22 officers short," he
said."Tensions are high," Lonzo