FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2020
Teamsters Local 700
Teamsters Successfully Intervene in May V. Dart
A Win in the fight to protect Officers in Covid-19 hot zone, the Cook County Jail.
Chicago, IL: Teamsters Local 700 is pleased to announce that, on June 2, 2020, District Court Judge Robert W. Gettleman entered an order granting its Motion to Intervene in Mays v. Dart.
“-the Union has articulately explained that the relief sought by plaintiffs, if ultimately awarded, could have direct impact on the safety and welfare of the guards and staff at the Cook County Jail,” District Court Judge Robert W. Gettleman rightfully acknowledged in the order. “as well as the investigators who are tasked with supervising any inmates who might be released.”
From the inception of this lawsuit, we have recognized that the relief sought by the detainees at the CCDOC could directly impact the terms and conditions of employment. From the elimination of bullpen usage in Receiving to the reassignment of staff, this lawsuit has already begun to tangibly implicate the daily lives of our brothers and sisters on the Compound. Our first priority is now and has always been to keep our members safe and to ensure that the Sheriff cannot utilize this lawsuit as a method to circumvent the rights of CCDOC Officers.
“Our CCDOC members have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and have continued to serve and protect every day. We have now forged a path forward by intervening in Mays v. Dart, and we are encouraged by the Court’s willingness to acknowledge the direct impact that this lawsuit has on our members’ well-being.” Said Teamsters Local 700 Ramon D. Williams.