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2018-06-07 / Local News

Pay to increase for Child Protective Services workers

The Erie County Legislature, during its May 24 session, unanimously approved a resolution to increase pay for Child Protective Services employees.

Since August 2017, Child Protective Services workers have appeared at the legislature to voice concerns surrounding high turnover, heavy caseloads and low pay.

Recently, union representatives and the county administration reached an agreement to adjust salaries and merge titles for employees and others within the Department of Social Services based on conversations with the County Legislature.

During the past several months, Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo has met with Child Protective Services workers privately to hear their concerns and urge the administration to find a solution. Previously, the county executive had pushed a proposal that drew criticism from employees.

“I am pleased that the county executive was finally able to reach an agreement with these employees,” Lorigo said, noting that the workers’ dedication, service and tirelessness should be commended. “I’m happy to have played a small part in helping them achieve their goal.”

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