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UNITED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK AT BUDGET HEARINGS

 UNITED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK AT BUDGET HEARINGS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- United Public Employees (UPE), Local No. 1 plans a coordinated presentation before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors during the Budget Hearings, Monday, Aug. 24, 1992, at 9:30 a.m., a representative of the union said today. UPE, Local No. 1 is the exclusive bargaining agent of the Eligibility and Social Workers employed by the county.
 UPE, Local No. 1 is concerned with the possible loss of jobs, and the resulting effect of already high unemployment. UPE, Local No. 1 and its members, are even more concerned with the vulnerable children and elderly being exposed to an even higher risk of abuse with fewer social workers to respond to calls for help. Many emergency calls of this nature will go unanswered or will be referred to law enforcement agencies, which is a more costly alternative.
 UPE, Local No. 1 is also concerned that during these recessionary times, the demand for financial assistance will continue to increase, not diminish. With unemployment at 8.5 percent in June 1992, there were over 42,000 families receiving public assistance, compared to 38,000 in June 1990. Even though the number of families on, or seeking, assistance has increased, the number of staff has not. The impact will be longer waiting periods for those seeking assistance with an increased potential for errors. Errors in determining financial aid mean lost productivity and government funding at a time when the county can least afford it.
 UPE believes the budget problems facing the county are real, and so is the meager day-to-day existence of those less fortunate, who depend upon financial aid to feed their families and provide shelter. Simply reducing budgetary figures to balance the budget will not eliminate the need for assistance or silence the cries of those being abused, UPE believes.
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 /CONTACT: John S. Smith, 916-446-0753; or Karen Guckert, 916-366-2789, both of United Public Employees/ CO: United Public Employees; Public Employees Union No. 1 ST: California IN: SU:


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