Counties are experimenting with exciting new programs that make
use of intensive
wraparound services and community resources. But will workers
time to take advantage of these programs?
Along with Bilingual Worker Frederick Machado
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.
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.
Permanente has reached a national agreement with 25 unions representing
Kaiser workers around the country.
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:
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.”
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.”
Court Judge declares contracting out of San Diego County CalWORKS
unlawful and orders the program terminated.
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.
535 Helps Fix
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.
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
Dominguez elected to city council, and other 535 local news.
understand the value of political action and know it can be used to
change the system."
Political action to lower caseloads.