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Social service workers rally against cuts Wed. 1/23: Be There!!!
22 Jan 2002
Social workers with decades of experience being laid off despite thousands of new Massachusetts families in need ... State House 12 noon on Wednesday January 23
In light of the state revenue shortfall, the Department of Transitional Assistance ("DTA", formerly known as Department of Public Welfare) is eliminating at least 25% of its caseworker staff between now and the end of the fiscal year in June. This mirrors cuts in other social services across the Commonwealth.

Workers are rallying at the State House on Wednesday January 23rd at 12 noon to protest the short-sighted and unfair cuts. Community support is essential!

In the recession of the past few months, more than FOUR THOUSAND new families have applied for welfare benefits in Massachusetts. The caseworkers are the front lines in helping the most needy and combating fraud -- yet their numbers are being slashed while ZERO cuts are scheduled for supervisors and management.

The workers are petitioning the State Legislature for $3 million in supplementary funding, which would erase the current payroll shortfall and save the jobs of more than 300 workers, some of whom have 20 years of experience.
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