OKLAHOMA CITY – Department of Corrections officers are saying they are under-payed and overworked.
DOC officers rallied at the State House to protest their working conditions.
Those workers said they’re especially upset because the agency saw no extra funding in the state’s budget agreement announced last week.
Several DOC workers said low pay and high stress is what has led to huge turnover and hundreds of unfilled jobs.
“We do a job that a lot of people would never do; we work with the worst of the worst,” Capt. Doug Mccallister said.
The starting salary for DOC employees is just $11.83 an hour or just over $24,000 a year.
“We are completely worn out and tired,” Sgt. David Edelman said.
David and Doug said companies like Hobby Lobby start employees off with a higher salary than the DOC.