Teamsters Local 700 Announces the Start of Contract Negotiations with Cook County Sheriff’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Noelle Hardy, noelleh@teamsterslocal700.com

Teamsters Local 700 Announces the Start of Contract Negotiations with Cook County Sheriff’s Office as Correctional Officers Demand Fair Pay and Dignity on the Job

Chicago, IL – Teamsters Local 700 announced the start of negotiations for a new contract at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) in Chicago, on behalf of the approximately 2,500 CCDOC correctional officers the union represents. The current contract is set to expire on November 30, 2020. The start of contract negotiations comes after months of CCDOC correctional officers putting their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic while also doing their jobs effectively. “CCDOC Correctional Officers deserve a contract that recognizes them for who they are: essential workers,” said Ramon Williams, President of Local 700. “Our members bravely protect the citizens of Cook County every day, often at great personal risk. The bargaining team will be fighting for a contract that honors Officers’ service, treats them with dignity on the job, and compensates them fairly.” Ahead of the start of contract negotiations, Local 700 held virtual meetings to hear directly from members about what issues the bargaining committee must prioritize. As a result, the team will be focused on: 

  • Fair pay, including improved overtime provisions and hazard pay
  • Seniority and bidding
  • Mandation
  • Other language improvements securing respect and dignity on the job

 “Our priority is to ensure that the voices of Correctional Officers are heard throughout this contract negotiation and their issues are resolved at the bargaining table,” said Anthony McGee, Vice President of Local 700. “We have a talented and committed team that is ready to deliver for members of CCDOC.” 

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