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Press Release: SEIU Local 721 plans strike for December 5th

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Thousands of LA County Social Workers Are Striking for Child Safety

LA County leaders turn their backs on abused and neglected children, refuse commonsense reforms that would protect kids.

WHAT: Press Conference, Rally and Strike Picket Line

WHEN: TOMORROW- Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Outside the Dept. of Children and Family Services’ Metro North Office, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007 (near Washington and Broadway)

WHO: LA County Children’s Social Workers represented by SEIU Local 721, community and faith leaders, labor leaders and concerned parents.

WHY: For the first time in more than a decade, LA County’s 4,000 Children’s Social Workers will go on strike beginning Thursday morning to protest unfair labor practices committed by LA County management that put children at risk. A partial list of strike locations is below. “We’ve done everything we can to convince LA County leaders to pay attention to child safety, but they’ve flat-out refused,” said Chychy Ekeochah, a Children’s Social Worker and chair of the CSW bargaining team.

“They may have given up on the County’s most vulnerable children, but we haven’t. We’re going to keep advocating for these kids. They deserve the best possible care and service—and we want to be able to provide it.” “Our members are putting it on the line because they need to be able to do their jobs right. They want to help kids who need it,” said SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover. “The County needs to get its priorities straight and put child safety first. With so many kids’ lives on the line, the Supervisors should be putting every available resource into social services.” Contract negotiations with the County ground to a halt this week because the Board of Supervisors is refusing to take child safety seriously.

County negotiators have acted in bad faith by unilaterally withdrawing their own proposals and failing to consider proposals made by Children’s Social Workers. The social workers are asking for simple, commonsense reforms to DCFS that would greatly improve their ability to protect children in need. reforms proposed by social workers

  • Reduce social worker-to-child ratios so that social workers can spend more time caring for each abused and neglected child.
  • Hire and train more social workers, allowing the County to meet state child safety guidelines.

**Click this link for an in depth look at social workers’ contract proposals and the facts behind them: http://www.seiu721.org/CSWfactsheet.pdf

PARTIAL LIST OF DCFS STRIKE LOCATIONS Metro North: 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90007 Wateridge: 5110 W. Goldleif Circle, LA 90056 Compton East: 921 E. Compton Blvd., Compton 90221 Vermont Corridor: 8300 S. Vermont Ave., LA 90044 Torrance: 2325 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance 90501 Lakewood: 4060 Watson Plaza, Lakewood 90712 West LA: 5757 Wilshire, LA 90036 Chatsworth: 20151 Nordhoff, Chatsworth 91311 Santa Clarita: 28490 Stanford Ave., Santa Clarita 91355 Palmdale: 39959 Sierra Highway, Palmdale 93550 Lancaster: 300 E. Ave K6, Lancaster 93535 Belvedere: 5835 S. Eastern Ave., Commerce 90040 Glendora: 725 S. Grand Ave., Glendora 91740 Pasadena: 532 E. Colorado Pasadena 91101 Covina Annex: 1373 E. Center Court Drive, Covina 91724 Santa Fe Springs: 10355 Slusher Dr., Santa Fe Springs 90670 SEIU 721 leaders, LA County social workers and community supporters are available for interview.

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CONTACT:  Lowell Goodman, (213) 359-1214 or lowell.goodman@seiu721.org

Roshin Mathew, (213) 309-0314 or roshin.mathew@seiu721.org

Ian Thompson, (213) 446-7946 or ian.thompson@seiu721.org


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