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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

Final Report on the Shortage of social workers

Local 535
Retirees Wanted

Retirees Organize

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

March-April 2003

La Clinica de La Raza
La Clinica began as a free clinic run by and for the Oakland Fruitvale Community, which was largely Spanish speaking. Since its beginnings in 1971, La Clinica de La Raza has served over 100,000 clients and brought 10,000 healthy babies into the world. The budget crisis is threatening to cut one million dollars from their 12 million dollar budget.

How does a community clinic provide top quality care with limited resources? The answer is through a well thought out teamwork approach in sync with the needs of the community it serves. La Clinica’s diabetes collaborative is one of the best examples.
Dental Clinic La Clinica de La Raza offers affordable dental services to a population that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the care.
I see amazing changes everyday," social worker Stephanie Pepitone works with teenage mothers helping the new parents and their babies get off to a good start. “The fun thing about working with teen parents is I feel like I’m affecting two generations at once. I’m really getting a lot for my time.”
La Clinica Staff and patients are a community.

Struggle to Survive the Budget
California like other states is facing one of the worst fiscal crisis in decades. The state has a $35 billion deficit and Republicans want to balance the budget by cutting services. SEIU is calling for a balanced approach that mixes cuts with increased revenues.
Social Services Threatened
Budget Campaign
Need to Raise Taxes on Businesses

War Abroad Aimed at Working People
SEIU President Andy Stern's Letter to George Bush

California State Bar
When You Have a Problem with Your Lawyer, Who Ya Gonna Call? The California State Bar
The State Bar Protects Consumers by helping them recover money from unscrupulous lawyers. It also provides services to keep them from getting in trouble, such as the Ethics Hotline.
Enforcement Unit.
Union Helps State Bar Work Better

Local News
Local 535 organizing victories
San Diego Social workers get some workload relief.

La Clinica de La Raza Dr. Negron  teaches Mousella how to brush her teeth
“Mousella ‘s first trip to the dentist,” La Clinica Doctor Negron is about to teach Mousella about proper dental hygiene. Unfortunately programs like these are endangered by the state’s fiscal crisis,
Assembly woman Judy Chu speaking at a rally with local 535 banners

Assembly woman Judy Chu speaking at a rally in support of raising revenues to balance the budget instead of cutting services.

Anti-war demonstration with banner "Labaor aganist the war."
We are concerned that at a time when public healthcare, education, and social services are facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis, and the federal government has refused to help, hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on a war that is avoidable and opposed by the majority of the world’s people and governments.
State Bar workers Terrie Mesa, Robin Haffner, and union field rep Bobby Rabinowitz
Local 535 not only represents lawyers but we represent the workers who help keep lawyers on track.
Paul Martin at demonstration

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