PRESS RELEASE: Western Addition Social Security
Threatened Staffing Cuts
Social Security Western Addition employees' union,
local 3172 of the American Federation of Government Employees, today
expressed concern about the staffing levels in that office.
As a result of public concern and efforts put forward
by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, U. S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne
Feinstein, Assembly member Leland Yee, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom,
and a resolution introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and adopted
unanimously by the Board, Social Security's proposal to close the field
office located at 1405 Fillmore Street in the city was "put on hold."
However, employees learned on April 22, 2005 that the
number of people remaining to service the office will be reduced from 12
on the day the initial closure was proposed in February 2005 to 5
bargaining unit workers on May 2, 2005.
"Our union is concerned about these staff cuts," said
AFGE union rep Howard Egerman, who represents the office. "Our union
fought this closure because we believe that the people in the Western
Addition deserve the best possible public service.
"We feel that such staff cuts will reduce the quality
of service the public is receiving, since the employees we are so honored
to represent will be so busy interviewing that they will not be able to
spend the amount of time they need on their paperwork."
Egerman and Local 3172 officials urged all community
members to contact Social Security Regional Commissioner Pete Spencer at
510-970-8400 or write him at Social Security Box 4200, Richmond, CA 94804
and urge him to provide the office with more staff.
"Our efforts to keep this office open have shown all
of us what a wonderful community the Western Addition is. We want to do
everything we can to make certain that the public receives the excellent
service they deserve."