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Prison System Cracks Down On Super Bowl Sunday Absences

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: An official Super Bowl XLVI sign is seen in front of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument prior to Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 03: An official Super Bowl XLVI sign is seen in front of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument prior to Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State prison guards have filed nearly 100 grievances against the Department of Correction commissioner over his efforts to stop guards from calling in sick during the Super Bowl.

The Connecticut Post reports that Commissioner Leo Arnone was largely successful in stopping staff shortages and statewide inmate lockdowns during this month’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Prison officials say guard absences during the Super Bowl have been a problem for years.

The guards’ grievances say Arnone changed work rules, required notes from doctors and violated labor contracts. Labor union officials say the 100 absences during this year’s Super Bowl was about normal for any given day.

Prison officials say they’ve racked up overtime costs on previous Super Bowl Sundays because of higher-than-normal absenteeism.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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