Winning for Our Children, Families and Communities
For six days, LA County Children’s Social Workers stood strong on the strike lines–we protested, rallied and some of us even got arrested in the name of child safety. It worked.
When the Supervisors saw the incredible solidarity of our members on the street, they understood the importance of lowering caseloads and hiring additional CSW’s and they knew they had to act. The Board asked a mediator to ask us to come back to the table.
And we said yes.
Two days later, we won huge gains for LA County’s most vulnerable children.
Here are some highlights:
450 More Children’s Social Workers by Oct. 1
This is the net increase. The County will hire behind all CSWs who leave County Service. The total number of CSWs hired will exceed 600, or 50 per month during the first year of the agreement!
Enforceable Caseload Goals Below Yardstick
The County agreed to meet CSW’s caseload goals based on the hiring plan.
Educational Based Discipline
The County agreed to end the climate of fear and instead educate workers for policy violations.
Less Paperwork, More Social Work
The County agreed to decrease policies by 25% in the next 6 months.
Mobile Worker Program
The County agreed to give CSWs more flexibility in how they do their jobs.
“It wasn’t easy, but we made history. Because we put it on the line, the County accepted our Child Safety Now plan. That’s a victory for us and for the children we serve.”
–Chychy Ekeochah, LA County CSW and Chair of the CSW Bargaining Team
On Friday, Dec. 13, we expect DPSS workers reached an agreement. Management dropped its proposals for mandatory night shifts and unilateral changes to assignments and workloads.
Download a victory flyer to post at your worksite.
Workplace Retaliation? Tell SEIU 721. If you have experienced workplace retaliation as a result of your strike participation, contact your worksite organizer or call the SEIU 721 Member Connection: (877) 721-4YOU.
If you have experienced workplace retaliation as a result of your strike participation, contact your worksite organizer or call the SEIU 721 Member Connection: (877) 721-4YOU.