The staff shortage creates a strain on employees who are often forced to work overtime at facilities such as the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville, said Terra Smith, a resident adviser at the center and a Council 3 member.
“Right now, we don’t have enough staff to make sure that we can provide the highest level of safety for the youth or ourselves at Victor Cullen,” Smith said.
The issue came to a head on March 11 when a fight broke out between two groups of youth, involving about a dozen boys.
Maryland State Police were called to help bring the facility under control, and six staff members, including two who were working overtime, were assaulted in the fight, said Smith, who rallied outside the center on August 17 with co-workers and union representatives to demand relief from the Department of Juvenile Services. Read more on our website at dclabor.org, where you can also find out about the latest local labor events and actions by clicking on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1834, delegates from several East Coast cities met to form the National Trades' Union, uniting craft unions to oppose, quote, "the most unequal and unjustifiable distribution of the wealth of society in the hands of a few individuals." The union faded after a few years.
In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt's Wealth Tax Act increased taxes on rich citizens and big business, and lowered taxes for small businesses.
Today’s labor quote is by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.”