I worked for 32 years with the Dept. of Corrections, retired and went to work for WHC for 9 years and retired.
The nation wide company policy is that they give their employees 9 paid holidays a year. Pay raises are determined with the COLA the states they contract with are willing to give. Generally, the states are very generious when giving raises to their corrections employees but not so when they deal with the private sectors.
In Calif. the DOC lied to the private sector for a number of years by saying there was not enough money in the budget to grant COLA adjustments to the contracts they had with the private companys. They were taken to court on the matter and lost big time. The courts said they did not bargin in good faith and lied. Consequently, they had to pay millions in damages.
From your writings I would surmise that you are an employee of some state's DOC assigned in some capacity to a facility operated by a private company. If that is the case then you, would be a union member and like all union members, are running scared of the possibility that the private sector will eventually take over the supervison and management of all inmates in your state because, as you know they do the job just as well but at a reduced cost. By the way, are you in Calif. If so, we may know a lot of folks in common.