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Resolutions & Amendments

32nd International Convention - Chicago, IL (1996)

Juvenile Rehabilitation Workers

Resolution No. 93
32nd International Convention
June 17-21, 1996
Chicago, IL


AFSCME has more than 200,000 professional members including physicians, librarians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, juvenile and vocational rehabilitation counselors, probation/parole workers and psychologists. The number of professionals in the workforce continues to grow; and


Economic and social realities have erased the myth that unions are not for professionals. Professionals concerned about their careers and professions know the only way to have a strong voice in the workplace is to join with others having similar interests to collectively address their problems; and


Along with economic demands, professionals have problems which are best addressed through collective bargaining. These include career and professional development, technology in the workplace, workload standards, and quality of service. Professional standards must be maintained and ethics upheld; and


Juvenile rehabilitation institutions are among the most hostile and potentially dangerous workplaces in America. The inmate population is more aware of its rights and more difficult to manage. It is a population, moreover, that is more alienated from society and violent, and less afraid of punishment; and


The demands placed upon caretakers of this population never cease. They are consistently being reminded of constant inmate group observations, quick alertness to crisis intervention, problem-solving and physical intervention with the least amount of physical force; and


Overpopulation is a thing of the present and future with juvenile inmates. There will never be enough adequate staffing patterns to meet the demands of this population. With custody being the first priority for community safety along with case management being first for infra-structure and other demands.


That AFSCME recognize the unique and challenging job requirements of members who supervise our youngest offenders. AFSCME will monitor trends and developments in the field of juvenile rehabilitation in order to better respond to the everchanging demands on these workers.


Deloras J. Knight, Vice-President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 1926, Council 28