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About 30 Baltimore correctional officers protest lack of pay

BALTIMORE  — About 30 correctional officers in Baltimore have held a protest rally, because a new payroll system has disrupted their paychecks.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday the walk out was in response to five consecutive pay periods in which workers were not paid or were underpaid.

Richard Parker, a staff representative with AFSCME Maryland Council 67, said most of the protesting officers walked out toward the end of their shifts for the rally at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. He says it lasted for about two hours.

Parker says hundreds of officers have been affected. He says some have started having problems with their landlords because they haven’t been able to pay rent. Parker also says the union is considering taking legal action.