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W.Va. DHHR Workers to Picket Over Large Caseloads


  West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources employees are picketing outside the agency’s Fayette County office to raise awareness over what they call large, unmanageable caseloads.

The employees say they’ll participate in an informational picketing on Tuesday afternoon. The West Virginia Public Workers Union says employees are carrying the large, unmanageable because of understaffing.

They say the employees at the area office have caseloads that are two or three times larger than the recommended standard.

And they say large caseloads mean client services are not being delivered in a timely manner, and children and the elderly are being put at risk.

The union says recommendations developed last year to reduce caseloads by up to half have not yet been implemented by the agency.