TSEU Organizer Contact:
in the Houston TSEU office: (713)661-9030
We are TSEU members who work in the Department of Family Protective Services. We work in CPS, APS, and CCL. We are building a strong union in our agency to fight for: better pay and benefits to attract and retain dedicated, experienced staff; lower caseloads; stopping privatization.
[OCTOBER 2016 – TSEU/FPS NewsBulletin] FPS workers say “we need a raise” / State Officials Say “we need two more compensation studies”
In another rebuke of common sense, the low pay in DFPS is being ignored and downplayed in the budget request for the next two years and in hearings at the Capitol. The turnover crisis in our agency is bad for the Texans we serve, and is costly for all Texans because of the millions of dollars spent to train new employees.
Agency leaders have long claimed low pay doesn’t impact turnover, however employee responses to the agency’s own annual Survey of Employee Engagement indicate that low pay is the top concern (see charts below). Meanwhile, elected officials are being told that updating technology and more training will fix the turnover crisis we see everyday.
[SEPTEMBER 2016 – TSEU/FPS NewsBulletin] FPS budget request excludes real pay raises, seeks rapid expansion of Foster Care Redesign
The recently released Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) from DFPS establishes Agency Administrators priorities for the next Legislative Session. The LAR is an important step in the process of setting the budget for the next two fiscal years. Legislators will use the LAR as a starting point to determine what to fund or not to fund in the final State Budget. [READ MORE]
[SUMMER/FALL 2016] Our message to elected leaders is growing louder and stronger:
Lower caseloads and increase pay to improve services AND protect vulnerable Texans – Internal reforms, LAR falls short of significant improvements
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is plagued by high caseloads that prevent staff from spending the time they need with each child, family, or vulnerable adult. As a result, Texans in need of help often fall through the cracks, sometimes with tragic consequences. Unfortunately, details of high profile cases that get media attention vary, but they often share similar patterns of missed opportunities to take action. In December 2015, the ruling from US District Judge Janis Graham Jack focused even more attention on the systemic problems that prevent DFPS from effectively protecting children that are in custody of the State of Texas. [READ MORE]
Our agency needs safe caseloads now! There are no short cuts to improving services to vulnerable Texans. Texans deserve better. During the next Legislative Session, we need legislation and funding to lower caseloads and establish caseload standards in every part of the Department of Family and Protective Services!
TSEU members presented this analysis to legislators and staff at the capitol during FPS Day of Action; held this past Spring 2016. DOWNLOAD FULL DOCUMENT