Next week, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will auction off its award-winning herds of Angus beef cattle as well as additional farm equipment at Mansfield Correctional Institution as part of a plan to close all 10 state prison farms.
In protest, activists from the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association and those affected by the farm closures will be picketing at that location on auction day, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 9 a.m. until noon.
DR&C has already sold hundreds of dairy cattle as well as a massive inventory of farm equipment in public auction. Some of the equipment sold for pennies on the dollar and large barns that were built just this last year sit empty, having never been used.
The union had sought an injunction from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to halt the sale of prison farm assets until a pending grievance was arbitrated. The court denied the union’s request. A grievance filed by the union regarding the closures is still pending.
What: Picket of prison farm cattle auction
When: October 25, 2016
Where: In front of the Mansfield Correctional Institution, 1150 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44905
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
OCSEA represents approximately 30,000 state employees who work in a wide range of security, regulatory, administrative, direct care, maintenance, customer service and other positions, including 8,600 who work in the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction. For more information, contact Sally Meckling, 614-865-2602 or 614-404-3881 (cell).