TEAMSTERS LOCAL 700 PROVIDES CONTRACT UPDATE TO COOK COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

Members of Local 700 joined virtual meetings this morning and evening to get an update about negotiations for a new contract at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) in Chicago.
 
“You are all essential workers and you are all on the front lines of this pandemic and you deserve to be protected,” said Ramon Williams, President of Local 700 in Park Ridge, Illinois. “We have a very strong negotiating committee, an excellent attorney and support staff that are focused on negotiating a contract that will address your issues.”
 
Contract negotiations will begin on August 11. The bargaining committee is currently in the process of reviewing contract proposals.
 
The current contract, which covers about 2,500 CCDOC members of Local 700, expires on November 30.
 
The negotiating committee will address numerous issues, including: · County mandates and easing the impacts on officers;
· Fair pay, including the need for additional hazard pay;
· Seniority and bidding;
· Home checks, roll call and three-hour call-in rule; and 
· Respect and dignity on the job.
 
During the calls, Anthony McGee, Local 700 Vice President and a former corrections officer at the Cook County Jail, reviewed the issues that are facing officers and told members that the bargaining committee will be addressing their concerns at the bargaining table.
 
In addition to the issues that are part of contract negotiations, Local 700 continues to fight on behalf of officers in other areas, including a roll-call bonus that was due last month, McGee said. 
 
Williams, McGee and Stuart Davidson, the attorney who will serve as the union’s chief negotiator during upcoming contract talks, all stressed the importance of members uniting in the fight for a fair contract.
 
“You will all have an input and a say in negotiations,” Williams said. “We want you to be engaged and united throughout the process, and we will be providing regular updates.
 
For continued updates, visit https://teamsterslocal700.com/category/cook-county/ or the Facebook page: @TeamstersLocal700 (https://www.facebook.com/TeamstersLocal700).

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