“Because of our understaffing we have families that are going without food, families that go without medical care and families that are having difficulty paying their rent. We have more work than we can keep up with.”
– Jana Knopf, Eligibility Supervisor
Social Services are understaffed and unable to respond to the needs of the community, yet the county claims a deficit and plans to freeze new hires.
Prior to the rally, Eligibility and Social Workers spoke out at the county Board of Supervisors to draw attention to social services employees being overwhelmed and understaffed. They spoke about why the county needs to invest in its workers in order to support the community—and how a hiring freeze or other attacks on workers would be disastrous.
Monterey County workers: Purple Up every Tuesday and Thursday to support your bargaining team and to show the county we are UNITED to FIGHT for a fair contract and to WIN for our community.