Letter: Please do your research about company proposing to manage ICE detention center


Editor:

I’ve been on the computer this morning researching current employment opportunities at facilities run by Management Training Company (MTC) around the country. I also wanted to see what, if any, comments I could find about working at these facilities. 

I did find lots of correctional officer positions but not paying $21 an hour, more like between $14 and $15 an hour. That still isn’t too bad for our area; however, I also read lots of comments about forced overtime. From what I read, overtime was the reason most people left these positions. 

I also read complaints about not enough training, unsafe working conditions, low pay — especially for support positions, feeling conflicted over serving poor quality meals to save money, etc. 

Just to be fair I did read some positive comments from former employees also. Those comments seemed to be related to positions held. 

My point is, if I can research this so can our local officials. I’m all for bringing jobs to our area, but I am not sold on this proposal. 

Also, just a thought, if it was improper for President Obama to appoint a supreme court justice in his last year in office, why is it proper for two county commissioners and a city mayor who also up for reelection this year to make far-reaching decisions for our county? 

I would ask our leaders to try to ask of people employed at these facilities and those living in cities that have these facilities how they have been impacted. I would like to hear these comments. 

I don’t want to just blindly trust what MTC has to say. 

I hope you will do your research, I plan to continue mine. 

Colleen Kunz

Bear River

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