40% of SC child-welfare workers bear heavy caseloads
Bruce Smith, AP
Child-welfare workers in the Midlands bear some of the highest caseloads in South Carolina.
Florida Puts Child Safety Before Parents' Rights
Carol Marbin Miller, McClatchy News
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare agency, discarding a decade-old policy that favored the rights of parents over those of neglected and abused children.
Privatization initiative offers window on Kansas government
Dave Ranney & Mike Shields, Kansas Health Institute
KS: Privatization initiative offers window on Kansas government
Dave Ranney, Mike Shields, Kansas Health Initiative News Service
"...One contractor had the ear of the governor’s top staff, made the sales pitch, and no other contractors were invited or in attendance.”
Key state CYFD, corrections workers get pay increases
Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal
Gov. Susana Martinez approved targeted 3 percent pay raises earlier this year for more than 850 state employees, including 514 caseworkers, investigators and other workers at the Children, Youth and Families Department.
Privatization of foster care to expand
Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News
Texas’ protective services chief said Tuesday that he intends to expand an ambitious privatization of foster care, despite warnings from some child advocates that he’s moving too fast.
Wear AFSCME Green during Public Service Recognition Week
Tim Welch, WFSE
The committee is asking members to wear their AFSCME Green t-shirts on Wednesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 8 for Public Service Recognition Week.
U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan
Tim Elfrink, Miami News Times
Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling.
AFSCME President Blasts House Approval of Budget for Wealthy
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan.
Costs of Privatization Hidden in Plain Sight
Ellen Dannin, Truthout
Services and infrastructure have been privatized, even though keeping them public is the better choice.
OSHA launches new safety and health certificate program for public sector employees
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
A new certificate program that provides public sector employees training on occupational safety and health to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in state and local governments.
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee on the June Jobs Report
“A Healthy Economy Is the Best Deficit Reduction Strategy”
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on debt ceiling negotiations
Ordinary workers took extraordinary stand, made history
Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Memphis sanitation strike an important turning point in the fight for civil rights, workplace equality
Workers Memorial Day
Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on Workers Memorial Day
Countering the Siege
New York Times
AFSCME President McEntee on how attacks on public service workers have energized union members and our allies in a growing battle over workers’ rights.
Turnover rate improves for child services caseworkers
The turnover rate among the front-line workers responsible for Milwaukee County's abused and neglected children improved during the first six months of 2009.
Last Year’s Poverty Rate Was Highest in 12 Years
New York Times
In the recession, the nation’s poverty rate climbed to 13.2 percent last year, up from 12.5 percent in 2007.
Prolonged Job Losses Strain State Agencies
Sixteen months into this recession, the total number of jobs lost is nearly twice what it was during the last big recession from 1981 to 1982, and experts predict the American economy has not yet hit bottom.
Union Proposes A Way To Employ More, Spend Less
The largest public sector municipal labor union in the city is advocating for an approach it claims would help people to get employed and off welfare, and save the city money at the same time.
Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal
Luzerne County has been rocked by a kickback scandal involving two elected judges who essentially jailed kids for cash.
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