Sept. 2, 2010
Teamsters Local 700 Continues Appeal of New JTDC Staff Requirements
While Interim Director Earl Dunlap moves forward in his implementation of new staff requirements at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Teamsters Local 700 continues to appeal the federal court's order to permit Dunlap to initiate his plan.
The new staff prerequisites, which were given the green light by the federal court in July, require all incumbent JTDC counselors without bachelor's degrees to take an IMPACT test. If they pass the test, they must go through an interview process. If they make it through the interview process, they receive six weeks of training. If they pass the training, they keep their jobs contingent on the fact that they earn their bachelor's degrees.
"Local 700 maintains its position and is holding firm in the appeal of this blatant attack on our incumbent JTDC counselors," said John T. Coli, Trustee for Local 700.
Dunlap has issued a memo to JTDC counselors reminding them to sign up to take the IMPACT test. Employees should comply, while also keeping in mind that the appeal process is far from over.
A status hearing is scheduled for later this month. Local 700 will inform its JTDC members as more information becomes available.
Becky Strzechowski, President
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