December 1, 2020
The day Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court walked away from its workers
On December 1, 2020, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, unilaterally and without legal basis, walked away from the bargaining table with its workers’ union, breached contracts with worker representation, suspended its recognition of members’ labor union coverage, and stripped its probation workers, detention staff as well as court support staff of contractually secured rights and privileges.
And to what end? How does this make the court more efficient or safer for the community it serves
Cleveland’s Laborers Local 860 represents 135 Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court employees.
In 2020, dedicated men and women working at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center voiced multiple concerns to Laborers Local 860 about staffing and schedules that they considered detrimental to court effectiveness as well as being potentially dangerous.
Yet, due to the machinations of the juvenile court administration, 135 men and women have been forced, without consent, into working without a contract or union representation.