FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2020 Communications Department Teamsters Local 700 1-847-939-9700 TEAMSTERS DENOUNCE LAX SAFETY MEASURES AT THE JTDC AN INDICTMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT DIXON’S INDIFFERENCE TOWARD JTDC STAFFER SAFETY Chicago, IL: On June 15, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. Youth Development Specialist, Joseph DeMarco of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) was on his second consecutive day of mandated overtime. While working the overnight shift he was brutally attacked by multiple detainees of JTDC. As a result of the violent attack, Brother DeMarco suffered serious head wounds and other bodily injuries. The leadership of Teamsters Local 700 is outraged that this was allowed to happen to Brother DeMarco and our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as he recovers from this vicious assault. DeMarco’s circumstance is especially distressing due to his ongoing health conditions of which he sought Family Medical Leave Act benefits (FMLA) but was denied by his employer. We are also aware that this is not the first attack on a vulnerable JTDC member. We are furious at the lack of culpability exhibited by JTDC Administration and Office of the Chief Judge. As of this communication, we have heard nothing from Superintendent Leonard … Continue reading TEAMSTERS DENOUNCE LAX SAFETY MEASURES AT THE JTDC