Local 700 Demands Inadequate Thermometer Guns be Banned at CCDOC
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. a few weeks ago, staff members at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) were being mandated to use thermometer guns to check the temperatures of everyone – staff and visitors – entering the jail compound.
Upon learning that the thermometer guns were only designed to take air temperatures, not the actual temperature of a person, Local 700 demanded the Sheriff’s office immediately stop using them.
“This is yet another example of the Sheriff’s complete disregard not only for our members’ safety, but also that of the public who visited the jail during that time,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams. “As we continue to fight for the proper personal protective equipment for all members at the jail, at least these unreliable temperature screenings have been stopped. What the Sheriff thought would be a good enough solution to combat the virus spread was clearly a failed attempt.”
Vacation Bids Open Through July 31
Due to the annual bids being delayed, officers have not been able to select annual vacation days until now. Administration has agreed that all officers can now select their annual vacation bids now through July 31, 2020. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Union Office.