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Dragon child welfare
reports are now
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Cover of Social Worker Meltdown  report, frantic looking social worker
Social Worker

Cover of the report Portecting Children Retoring Families,  It Takes Time
Protecting Children,
Restoring Families,

It Takes Time and

Social worker holding an infant, silhoueted by a window
Social Worker Campaign

Local 535
Retirees Wanted

Retirees Organize

SEIU Local 535 Dragon--Voice of  the Union-- American Federation of Nurses & Social Services Unioin

December 2002

Election Politics:
Local 535 members hit the streets, and as a result California shined.

Monterey election workers intimidated
Kaiser Nurses Get Safe Staffing. As the result of a labor/management partnership and years of struggle by nurse, Kaiser has agreed to safe staffing ratios recommended by nurses. The result will be better care for patients.
Federal Audit of Child Welfare. The federal government has completed its audit of the California child welfare system, what will it mean?
Technology and the Social Services

Living on the Bleeding edge of Technology with out getting too badly Cut. California is working on a new computer system to manage welfare eligibility. Read the latest on the CalWIN system.
Taming LA's LEADER, CalWIN is modeled on the Los Angeles LEADER system. Eligibility workers describe that systems short falls and how they have gotten around them.
Perfect Cases versus the Real World Why have there been so many problems with social services computer systems? Part of the problem maybe the complexity of welfare cases.
EBT:A More Humane Way to Offer Benefits In Spite of CitiBank Problems. Welfare departments are experimenting with issuing clients electronic debit cards instead of food stamps and checks. The system gets high marks from recipients but workers gave the vendor, Citibank, less than favorable reviews.

Local 535 News
Local news
Get Involved Activist Linda Sakata
San Diego Eligibility Technicians Get a Re-Class

Two nurses smiling  
Kaiser Nurses and Community Staffing Victory  
Linda Sakata looking pensive Linda Sakata Get Involved Political Activist
San Diego Eligibilty Technicians get a re-class
Newly elected state Assemblywoman Loni Hancock addressing the SEIU Local 535 executive board in Oakland, November 14
Sheila Kuehl speaking at a podium

California State Senator Sheila Kuehl addressed the Local 535 executive board. "It is not “different” and “same” that are the killing words, the killing words are “better” and “worse.”

Donna Gerber peaking from podium
Donna Gerber: Making the Business Argument for Social Services
Local 535 member on byclcle with campain literature
Local 535 members hit the streets for labor friendly candidates
Demonstration photo with woman wearing a SEIU hat in front of a not in our name banner
Local 535 Berkeley Chapter member Andrea Woods joined other 535 members and staff who marched against the threat of war on October 26.

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