As the threat of COVID-19 looms over the jail, representatives of Teamsters Local 700 have scheduled daily conference calls with the Cook County Dept. of Corrections (CCDOC) administration staff to discuss the status of securing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for all of the members.
The CCDOC will enlist members/stewards at each location that will serve as a point of contact to other members to retain PPE gear. Once the list is finalized, the Union will let the members know who to contact at each location.
The Union is also adamant about getting additional compensation for CCDOC members that are working on the compound during the COVID-19 crisis.
“While the individual impact of COVID-19 is unknown, no one is more susceptible to catching and spreading the virus more quickly than those working in jail environments,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that all officers will be properly protected when working and we thank you for exemplifying what it means to be a public employee. There is no price you can place on health and safety, but for your continued sacrifices you should undoubtedly be compensated.”
As more information becomes available, we will update you as soon as possible.
Send in your concerns
In addition to reporting any PPE concerns you have to the Union, please also report them to administration via e-mail at email@example.com. This e-mail was created specifically for CCDOC officers to report concerns related to PPE gear.