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Dragon child welfare
reports are now
available on line and
can be downloaded

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

Exhibit Launched!

Local 535
Retirees Wanted

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

February-March 2002

Parenting Classes Make a Difference
Parents rave about how parenting classes have turned their lives around.

The Director Fiddles with Restructuring While LA DCFS Burns
Unsafe Staffing Putting Children, Families, and Workers at Risk
Number Games Instead of Solutions

Fresno Correctional Officers
Fight for better working conditions

County workers win agency shop

Worker Profiles
Laidlaw School Bus Driver Diane Abella
Fresno Unified School District
Warehouse Worker Ralph Garcia

Around the Local: 535 News

Dragon Photos on Display at UC Institute of Industrial Relations new Labor Gallery

Adoptions worker with a family. They room is filed with children and the worker and mother are playing with the kids.

The new Labor Art Gallery at the Institute of Industrial Relations, 2521 Channing Way in Berkeley, will be exhibiting a series of photographs by Dragon co-editor Richard Bermack titled: “Fighting to Care, SEIU 535 California Social Workers.” For gallery hours call (510) 643-8140.


Correctional Officer Victor McGill

Fresno County Defense Investigator and Chapter Vice President Grace Solis Alvarado.


3 social workers standing arm in arm smiling

Los Angeles Social Workers Gregg Fritchle, Mary Nazemi, and Geoff Stephen make a difference teaching their clients to become better parents
Mary smiling It has been a blessing. I’ve learned a better way to raise my kids,” Mary, a single mother with five kids.
Young adult wearing a sport jersy, looking attentive “I had a lot of domestic violence issues . . . . Now I’m learning to communicate and listen to the other person. Bobby
Bargaining team members siting around a conference table
The Los Angeles County negotiating team is at an impasse with management over the department director’s demand that the union accept her reorganization plan and her refusal to address staff problems.

David Kramer swearing in officers

New Local 535 Officers


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