SEA celebrates win for CPSWs and continues push for caseload standards
SEA celebrates the significant milestone that the state legislature achieved today for Child Protective Service Workers in passing SB 592. The bill funds 25 new CPSW positions, including eight designated specifically as resource workers, and two supervisor positions. Two clerical worker positions have also been added to help CPSWs with their administrative burdens.
“Our CPSW members worked really hard to make sure legislators understood the critical urgency to fund more positions,” said President Richard Gulla of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “This funding is the next significant step in addressing the need to lower caseloads to manageable levels in order to best serve New Hampshire’s children and their families. That’s not something we’re going to stop fighting for.”
The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a specific appropriation for additional child protective service worker positions in its biennial budget request so it can meet nationally accepted caseload and workload standards.
The bill received bipartisan support and is now waiting Governor Sununu’s signature.
COLA victory for state retirees
The SEA applauds the passage of HB 1756. The bill grants a $500 one time allowance for those in the retirement system that have been retired for at least 5 years prior to July 1, 2018 with at least 20 years of service and have a pension lower than $30k.
“Given that the House and Senate committees at one point both recommended that this bill be killed, I congratulate the m
embers whose advocacy influenced the revival of this bill and ultimately this win,” said President Richard Gulla of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “This is the first increase retirees have received of any kind in the past eight years and we hope that in the future we can achieve more permanent allowances.”
The bill is now waiting Governor Sununu’s signature and we urge him to sign this legislation and give our lowest pensioners some relief.