We are pleased to introduce Retired Correctional Lieutenant Mark Lucey as this week’s #MeetAMemberMonday!
Mark spent most of his 21 years as a Correctional Lieutenant at the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield, however he also worked at the Hartford Correctional Center and UCONN Health Center (CT DOC Medical Ward) in Farmington.
Mark was a main player in the formation of the Correction Supervisors Council here at CSEA, serving as the Executive Vice President from 2003-2011. Working with former CSC and CSEA President and now current CT State Senator Cathy Osten, they understood the unique challenges poised to employees working in a dangerous, high-stress environment and advocated to make the situation better for their peers.
Mark is #UnionYes because he believes in the power of collective bargaining. Before Correction Supervisors unionized, they were often the highest ranked officers on the floor with the most responsibility, yet being paid the lowest salary. In addition to poor pay and a dangerous work environment, employees were also mandated to do OT without pay if they had already capped out at their pay scale. After years and years of unacceptable conditions, Mark and his colleagues unionized under CSEA and won the right to bargain collectively—greatly improving pay and conditions for Correction Supervisors across the state.