All Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) members who are working at the facility during the COVID-19 crisis will earn 10 hours of incentive time for every 40 hours worked, with a maximum accrual time of 80 hours. The incentive time will be earned for regular hours worked from March 16, 2020 through May 9, 2020.
“The members are putting themselves at risk to ensure the health and safety of the minor residents at the facility,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams. “We will continue to demand the proper personal protection equipment and training measures be put in place for our members. The value of their work and their dedication is not going unnoticed.”
Local 700 worked with the Office of the Chief Judge (OCJ) and JTDC administration to help the members get this incentive while coming to work during the pandemic. Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans also thanked the members for their hard work and sacrifice during this time.
Members are encouraged to seek out union leadership at the JTDC with any issues. In managing this crisis, Local 700 has been actively working with the JTDC and the OCJ in matters concerning sick leave, operational concerns and ensuring contractual benefits are enforced and maintained. To date, Local 700 has assisted dozens of members with a variety of issues directly related to this crisis.
Local 700 is incredibly proud to represent the strong men and women serving at the JTDC and salute their continued dedication to the welfare of residents in custody of the Court and their commitment to public safety.