After Gregory Darven was exposed to someone with coronavirus, the 32-year-old correctional officer reported to health services at his Elkton, Ohio, federal prison job site.Bureau of Prisons (BOP) medical staff initially sent him home and his doctor told him “under no circumstances” should he work. Darven said he requested emergency administrative leave for the 14-day recommended quarantine.Management denied the request, according to Darven, and told him to take his personal sick leave or come back to work.“So, I had to take two weeks of my own time off,” he said. “I obviously didn’t want to get anybody sick or expose anybody if I potentially did have it.” Fortunately, he did not.Being forced to take personal sick time makes some staffers angry, said Joseph Mayle, the Elkton prison union president, “because we’re being forced to use our own leave, although they [supervisors] have put us in harm’s way.”Cases like Darven’s led his union, the Council of Prison Localsin the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), to file an “imminent danger report” with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The union’s report was previously reported by Government Executive.The agency’s actions “are proliferating the spread of a known and deadly contagion both


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