TSEU Organizer Contact:
in the Austin TSEU office (512)448-4225
We are TSEU members who work in TJJD facilities, halfway houses, and district offices all over the state. We are JCO’s, Case Managers, Teachers, Parole Officers, and Support Staff. We are building a strong union in our workplaces to fight for: better pay and benefits in order to attract and retain quality staff; increased staffing levels; stopping closures; a fair grievance procedure with an appeal step outside the agency.
In an effort to understand the impact of the new policies regarding unscheduled absences, sick leave, and scheduling (PRS.27.01), TSEU is conducting a survey of union members around the state.
[SEPTEMBER 2016] TJJD Budget request calls for pay raises and increased staffing
Priorities of agency leaders within TJJD line up with TSEU’s goals for the next two years [read more]
[SUMMER/FALL 2016] Fighting for ’20’ in TJJD
In recent months, TSEU activists in TJJD have been building steam as they get ready for an all-out push to include TJJD JCO’s and Case Managers in the 20-year LECOS retirement fund. Union leaders have been meeting with elected officials to enlist support for the expansion of retirement benefits. [read more]
A recent news article in the Houston Chronicle outlined the possibility of up to three more TJJD facility closures in the next legislative session. The prediction was made based on a declining youth population in TJJD as the state implements its “regionalization” plan to divert more youth away from TJJD placements to county-run facilities.
TSEU members have always placed a priority on finding the appropriate secure placement for each youth in the juvenile justice system, whether that’s at the county or the state level. However, in pushing the plan to divert more felony offender youths to county-level supervision, many lawmakers ignore the fact that most youths committed to TJJD have already been through the county juvenile system and recommitted another offense. In 2013, 76% of youths in TJJD were already on probation when they committed another offense and were sentenced to TJJD. This shows the need for a state-run system of juvenile facilities that can deal with the worst youth offenders who aren’t successful under county-level supervision.