SEIU Local 535 Dragon--Voice of the Union


Sept 2000

Social Worker Heartbeat
Counties are experimenting with exciting new programs that make use of intensive wraparound services and community resources. But will workers get the time to take advantage of these programs?

Riding Along with Bilingual Worker Frederick Machado
We travel along with social worker Machado as he tries to bridge the generation gap between immigrant parents and their children, who are growing up in American culture.

Social Worker Awareness Campaign "We Can Make a Difference" Local 535 Children's Services Committee plans a campaign to educate the public about the exciting work of children's social workers and why they need more time to help families.

Historic Kaiser Agreement
Kaiser Permanente has reached a national agreement with 25 unions representing Kaiser workers around the country.

Horrors of Privatization
San Diego privatized its CalWORKS and instituted managed competition for the remaining county workers. Employment case managers speak out about the negative effect it has had on providing services to clients:

"We could be making a real impact. But we don’t have the time to see our clients. We don’t have the time to find out what their problems are and what services they need.”

“There are no statistics kept on counseling clients, on sitting with them and helping them...The priority is to prove the clients have done their 128 hours of job club and job search... Whether or not more people are going to work has become less of a priority.”

Superior Court Judge declares contracting out of San Diego County CalWORKS unlawful and orders the program terminated.

Retirees Organize!
535 has hired its first retiree organizer, Connie Langford, to organize the union's growing numbers of retirees. Retirees, the union wants you. Fill out the retiree form on-line.

Local 535 Helps Fix
Fingerprint Problem

Relatives attempting to provide a home for children in trouble were caught up in a glitch in the system. Local 535 worked with lawmakers to fix the problem.

Contra Costa Workers Get a Nursing Room Contra Costa County Steward Ian Arnold describes how Children's Protective Services worker Stacey Anderson and her colleagues worked together to get a room where mothers like her could nurse their new born children.

Around the Local
Probation Officer Nancy Dominguez elected to city council, and other 535 local news.

Get Involved
Bebs Nonato: "Nurses understand the value of political action and know it can be used to change the system."
Ramal Rush Political action to lower caseloads.
social worker at a playground, with trees and dramatic sky in the background

Social worker Susan Wingfeild-Ritter: "I get to do the fun stuff...But we can only reach a few families."

Social worker making a home visit. He is explaining something to a family. They are in a living room with a couch, large TV and other nice furnature. Obviously a working family that is doing  well. They are hispanic.

Bilingual worker Frederick Machado translates American teenage culture to parents with traditional Central American values.


Kaiser negotiating committee

Members of the Local 535 on the national Kaiser bargaining team.


Female social worker at desk jesturing preplexed

San Diego Employment Case Manager Karol Lightner: " It didn't matter what our reputation was. It didn't matter how good our stats were. In the end, it all came down to politics."


Group o retiree organizers at union meeting

Retiree's get organized.


Study find high caseloads are preventing social workers from helping children and families. Worker listening to client who is in the middle of a crissis.
We Can Make a Difference:
Children's Social Workers plan campaign to provide better services to children and families in need.


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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

Local 535
Retirees Wanted

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California Propositions

No on Prop 38 School Vouchers

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