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Phone: (312) ***-****  HQ Phone
AFSCME Council 31
205 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • President
    AFSCME Local 2359
  • Guard
    Dixon Correctional Center
  • President
    Municipal Employees Local 2359
  • Corrections Officer
    Thomson and Dixon
  • President
    Local 817

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Local 817
15 Total References
Web References
Council Leadership - AFSCME 31
www.afscme31.org, 12 Oct 2014 [cached]
Lori Laidlaw
Dixon Correctional Center, Local 817
City/County Executive Vice-President
Lori Laidlaw, president of ...
www.saukvalley.com, 17 Feb 2010 [cached]
Lori Laidlaw, president of AFSCME Local 2359, said today the union had been waiting for news of the facility closure, but the notification by the state still was a surprise.
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Were going to throw out our best and newest prison, Laidlaw said. The states prisons are so overcrowded, and its not going to slow down, especially in the current economy.
The Thomson prison has 78 employees. The state Department of Corrections and the union are negotiating to move those workers to the Dixon Correctional Center or the East Moline Correctional Center. Some employees have asked to go to other facilities in the state, Laidlaw said.
[Negotiations] have just barely begun, Laidlaw said. The Department of Corrections have been pretty clear to us that they do want to work with us on it.
Since late last year, the DOC has moved some inmates out of the Thomson facility, bringing the number from 200 to 150. Laidlaw said she did not know where the remaining inmates will be transferred.
Troubling trend: Stateville, Dwight boost OT spending
www.suburbanchicagonews.com, 21 April 2001 [cached]
We're doing two and three jobs at a time instead_of doing one job , where we can really concentrate on our area and make sure there's no contraband coming in and going out , said Lori Laidlaw , a guard at Dixon Correctional Center.We're pulled in all different directions.We're running all over the place..
Through mid-March , Corrections had paid $ 17.8 million for overtime this year , a pace that would mean spending $ 25.2 million by the fiscal year's end , according to records obtained through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
The payouts , at time-and-a-half for each overtime hour , would be 30 percent more than the agency spent on overtime last year and 65 percent more than in 1998.
Rumors that Thomson could become the ...
www.saukvalley.com, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Rumors that Thomson could become the new Gitmo have been flying over the last several months, said Lori Laidlaw, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2359, which represents Thomson prison workers.
The Illinois Department of Corrections did not prepare AFSCME for the news, though, she said.
We are not happy about it, and the members at Thomson are all up in arms, Laidlaw said Saturday.
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The news has raised a lot of questions, such as how the prison will be run and what kind of staffing will be needed, Laidlaw said.
We would hope that it would mean more jobs for the people in the community, but how do you find people that have the training to work this detail? she said. At this point, we dont even know what their plan is, or even if they have a plan.
The state spent $145 million to build the 1,600-bed, maximum-security prison in Thomson, a town of a little more than 500. Construction was completed in 2001; 8 years later, the prison holds fewer than 200 inmates.
Laidlaw said she doesnt think the village is equipped to handle a federal prison that houses dangerous anti-American terrorists.
We just dont have the law enforcement in that area, she said. Its a very quiet community, and we are in no way ready.
Another issue that has Laidlaw on edge, she said, is the problem of overcrowding at prisons statewide, where many maximum-security facilities are at 170 percent capacity.
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The population is not going to decrease, Laidlaw said.
Lori Laidlaw, a corrections ...
www.illinoistimes.com, 4 Mar 2010 [cached]
Lori Laidlaw, a corrections officer at Thomson and Dixon correctional centers and president of AFSMCE Local 2359 there, says it's a festering problem that is headed for a disastrous eruption.
"It's going to continue to snowball," she says.
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