- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Contract negotiations between the New Hampshire governor’s office and a union representing state corrections officers remain stalled several months after the union declared an impasse.

Teamsters Local 633, which represents nearly 400 officers, said a staffing shortage is a major problem that must be addressed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/2wBSi7O) the union also says salaries are lower compared to some police jobs and federal prison officers.

The governor’s legal counsel, John Formella, said the Corrections Department budget includes a nearly 10 percent increase, which will fund 55 new positions, a new canine drug detection unit and other safety improvements.

Jeffrey Padellaro of the union said the net gain was only about 3 percent because decreases were proposed to shift differential and hazard pay.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.concordmonitor.com

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