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Resolutions & Amendments

26th International Convention - San Francisco, CA (1984)

Social Service Agency Caseload Sizes

Resolution No. 20
26th International Convention
June 18-22, 1984
San Francisco, CA


The current federal administration has wreaked havoc and pain on the poor and disabled in America by slashing funding to Social Service Agencies throughout the nation. pushing hardship on members of the middle class who now are among the unemployed and making no viable plans to correct this gross injustice, it has necessitated cutbacks in both numbers of employees who handle ever growing caseloads, and subsequent freezes on the hiring of new employees for these Social Agencies, and


The additional work placed upon employees, and the additional stress has caused both physical problems and mental anxiety for AFSCME public sector employees who no longer are in control of ever-mounting caseloads; and


A few states have obtained mandatory caseload limits but these limits are so high as to be virtually meaningless. Current standards are so high that they portray unrealistic job expectancy levels.


That AFSCME International will assist councils and locals to set fair and equitable caseload sizes through the establishment of mandatory caseload limits for caseloads at County Welfare Departments, Children Service Boards, Mental Health and Mental Retardation facilities, and other Social Agencies within its jurisdiction.


Martha R. Harbin, President
Sharon MacBride, Secretary
Local 2696, Council 8
Akron, Ohio