Corrections officers protest lack of new contract outside Statehouse

State corrections officers say they are angry and they want the governor and the public to hear them.

Several thousand officers descended upon Statehouse grounds for two hours Monday morning to protest what they say is the state's failure to negotiate with them.

Some state prison facilities had to go on lockdown Monday due to a manpower shortage.

Corrections officers say they've been working without a contract since July of 2003. The big issue is health benefits, say union officials. The state wants officers to pay a portion of the cost of their benefits.

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