There has been no movement toward a solution of a four-day strike by more than 500 Lorton Reformatory inmates at manufacturing facilities there, an official said yesterday.
Dan Strickland, the reformatory's superintendent of industries, said there have been no substantive negotiations with the striking inmates since Tuesday, when work stopped at the prison's furniture repair shop, print shop, clothing factory and laundry. One problem is that there is no committee of inmates with which to negotiate, Strickland said.
"They've made no effort to seek any dialogue," he added.
He said prison officials have agreed to try to address two of the inmates' complaints by wiping out a three-week delay in the delivery of money from inmates' prison bank accounts and by arranging for a food delivery truck to visit the work area once a week.
Prison officials said the backlog in processing inmates' money orders resulted from understaffing at the prison.
Prisoners who work in the industrial section had complained that the canteen truck was inaccessible to them because it never got near the work area.
Despite the lack of progress, Lorton officials believe that the strike will be over sometime next week because virtually all past work stoppages there ended after a few days, Strickland said.
Lorton has lost about $72,000 because of the strike, Strickland said.