LA County children's social workers go on strike

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Updated: 12/04/2013 10:43 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 4,000 children's social workers are going on strike after contract talks with Los Angeles County officials broke down.

The Service Employees International Union Local 721 announced the walkout Wednesday night. The union plans to picket at 16 locations starting Thursday morning.

Union employees have been working without a contract for more than two months.

The union said negotiations came to a halt this week when county officials refused to consider workers' demand to reduce caseloads by hiring and training more social workers. The union had sued the county over the issue, alleging that a directive from an arbitrator to reduce the social worker-to-child ratios in one county child welfare office had been ignored.

A call to the county Department of Children and Family Services was not immediately returned.


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