Crushing workloads continue to plague CAS workers - CUPE

    SYDNEY, NS, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The union representing workers with the
Children's Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria says a meeting scheduled with
the new interim executive director of the agency and the Department of
Community Services should give all three parties a chance to sit and discuss
current issues.
    CUPE National Representative John Evans says, "CAS workers are continuing
to feel very frustrated with comments in the media and elsewhere that can only
be described as ill-informed, following a recent Family Court judge's opinion
against the agency.
    "Crushing workloads continue to plague CAS workers and it is time the
provincial government addressed these systemic problems," says Evans.
    Evans says, "The members of CUPE Local 3010 are certainly keen on hearing
what the new interim executive director and the Department are prepared to do
to address chronic problems with heavy workloads and an undue emphasis on
filing reports versus direct contact with clients."
    Says Evans, "Can there be improvements made to the current system of
child welfare? You bet there can be, but it has to start with a realistic
assessment of what constitutes a reasonable workload for workers in this
    "CUPE's position on all of this is clear. The Department of Community
Services is responsible for ensuring there are adequate resources in place to
meet the standards that they set.
    "We look forward to discussing how that gets done with both the
Minister's office and the new interim executive director of CAS Cape
Breton-Victoria," he says.

For further information:

For further information: John Evans, CUPE National Rep., 539-4933 (o);
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (0),

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