October 21, 2015
Photo: Kara Haynes (left) marches during 2015 rally for worker justice.
DCF Family Services Division Social Worker And VSEA Member Kara Haynes Speaks For Hundreds Of Her DCF Colleagues During Testimony On Worker Safety. Disturbing Number Of Threats Being Logged.
Here’s an excerpt from Kara’s testimony:
"The [DCF Family Services Division] Labor Management Team has been meeting since January and the primary concerns that we have brought forth to management have been regarding worker safety and high caseloads. We have asked management to provide trained law enforcement officers in each Family Services office because it shouldn’t matter what office a parent or social worker walks into, the security needs are the same.
Worker safety and high caseloads are inextricably linked. When a worker is working to keep children safe, their own safety falls to the bottom of the priority list. Especially given that nearly half of FSD staff have less than 2 years of experience in the field, management needs to be the driving force in prioritizing and recognizing staff safety."