http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic...0_OKLAHO694155The union claims it has tried for years to get DHS officials to address its complaints, which range from excessive caseloads and staff shortages to inadequate training and low pay.
"Our hope is that we can help the court further understand issues pertaining to this case, which we believe can serve as a catalyst for positive change in working conditions for all DHS employees,” director Sterling Zearley said in a news release.
A little backstory on the case:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/artic...77&archive=yesThe attorneys claim the lack of organization within DHS led to nine foster children having contact with 176 primary caseworkers, 125 secondary workers and 190 supervisors who oversaw the care of the children.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Marcia Lowry, the executive director of Children's Rights. "The number is particularly significant when you realize that six of these children have been in state custody for less than three years, and three of them are less than 2 years old.
In fact, if you go to the Tulsa World website and search "DHS lawsuit", you'll not only find that this isn't the only case...you'll be appalled.