LITTLE VILLAGE, IL —
Cook County Jail correctional officers are demanding hazard pay for working for months in one of the city’s hot spots for coronavirus infections.
The Teamsters Local 700 union, representing about 2,500 correctional officers, launched an ad campaign demanding Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle approve hazard pay for frontline workers at the jail. They’ve bought mobile billboards, full-page ads in the Sun-Times and social media ads saying, “Tell Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to Stop Spreading COVID-19!”
“We are calling on all Chicagoans to tell Toni Preckwinkle that all essential correctional officers must be compensated fairly for their service and be kept safe on the job,” said union President Ramon Williams.
Preckwinkle’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
The Cook County Jail was a hot spot early in the pandemic. At one point, the outbreak represented one of the largest reported clusters of coronavirus infections nationwide, according to a New York Times report.
By: Pascal Sabino