SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
DCFS blinks, rescinds layoffs

Friday, Oct 12, 2012

* After telling legislators that his planned staff cuts were focused on preventing deaths and not the well-being of kids (“Well-being is nice, but death is what lands in the papers”) DCFS Director Richard Calica has at least tentatively rescinded plans to lay off hundreds of workers and avoid major service and program cuts

DCFS had planned to lay off 375 employees, the result of a $50 million cut to its budget by the General Assembly. The layoffs were to take effect Oct. 1, but DCFS spokesman Dave Clarkin said none of the layoffs took effect.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents DCFS workers, said a paperwork glitch delayed the layoffs.

AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said the union was in a bargaining session with DCFS Thursday over the planned layoffs when the announcement was made.

“AFSCME members and DCFS employees are extremely relieved that the Quinn administration has responded to the very real and serious concerns workers raised about the harm these cuts would cause to kids,” Lindall said.

However, he said it is too early for the union to comment on the agreement DCFS said it needs from the union for the reorganization plan to work.

* More

The seniority-based layoffs were expected to begin this month. DCFS officials said that if the money is restored, the agency through a reorganization plan could beef up its child-protection investigative unit by 138 workers and reduce caseloads to below the mandated ratio of about 12 cases to 1 worker.

In June, Gov. Pat Quinn pushed to stave off the layoffs by diverting some savings from his plan to close some state prison facilities. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, which represents DCFS and prison employees, argues that the prison closings are unsafe and suggests looking elsewhere for the money.

Though state revenues have increased beyond projections, lawmakers such as Rep. Sara Feigenholtz said so have Illinois’ bills. The North Side Democrat said that while lawmakers still have many questions for Calica to ensure the money isn’t wasted, their ongoing discussions are encouraging.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


5 Comments
  1. - carbaby - Friday, Oct 12, 12 @ 10:30 am:

    This was the statement yesterday on D-net from Calica- “At Governor Quinn’s direction, I am announcing today that we are revoking the layoff plan, and will proceed with a material reorganization to properly staff our front line positions and provide you with the supports you need in the field.”
    That does not say temporarily rescinded but does say the following: “This change of course will require the General Assembly to reallocate funding, as well as a vacancy agreement with the union. Subject to those two developments, the result would be that no DCFS employees would be laid off, and only minimal displacement of employees would occur.”
    My understanding late yesterday is that there are going to also be 96 new Intact positions created statewide to handle “high-risk” intact families(so the new Intact criteria is going to be changed to accomodate), in addition to many other newly created positions that will be coming under permanency specialists, increased adoptions and licensing positions, and an entire unit downstate to process consents like the one in Cook County. Of course there were already several newly created positions and new layers of administrative postiions over the last six months that were not previously there. There are also several staff from Jess McDonald’s administration, some in Deputy positions as well as many in Springfield under the radar but very well known to staff there.

    This is all in anticipation(on a wing and a prayer) that $25 million will be restored to personnel services from the $27 million cut. I’m curious where that money will be dug up from.
    I will suffice it to say that this has yet again caused quite the chaos for staff statewide. The Department is now on Plan D and may need to come up with another contingency plan if things do not work out as planned.


  2. - RNUG - Friday, Oct 12, 12 @ 10:46 am:

    I had heard months ago this was coming after the November election. Issue must have gotten too hot and decided it needed to be done now.


  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 12, 12 @ 10:47 am:

    Calica’s not inspiring a lot of confidence that he has a real game plan there.


  4. - truthteller - Friday, Oct 12, 12 @ 1:15 pm:

    After throwing Medicaid recipients under the bus, one would think that Feigenholtz would be the champion of restored funding.As someone who presents herself as a spear-carrier for human services, she has certainly been a disappointment as chair of human service appropriations. Maybe Madigan will appoint a stronger advocate for the poor and the vulnerable.They need one.


  5. - cassandra - Friday, Oct 12, 12 @ 4:40 pm:

    Calica, appointed by Quinn in December, has so far accomplished little except to bring on some expensive contractors including former DCFS director Jess McDonald and some members of McDonald’s former staff, replace unionized managers with appointed assistant regional managers-often at considerable increases in salary, propose large pay increases for selected executives, and propose a reorganization that sounded sensible but most of which hasn’t happened yet and may never happen-it’s up to AFSCME, it seems. Employees quoted in the press have claimed that their caseloads have not declined, as promised by Calica in order to head off an ACLU lawsuit, apparently because nobody has moved yet, not even the employees who were to be laid off into other jobs where they were needed. And was it necessary to put hundreds of employees through a protracted job loss threat because Calica and his boss Quinn were having a fight with some legislators. How might that be affecting those employees’ job performance. If they even have work to do given the delays in moving staff and the wholesale shipping of intact cases to the private sector by Calica, at considerable expense.

    In other words, the well-compensated Calica and some agency elites and contractors have profited but not the kids and the employees–they’re pretty much in the same situation they always were, if not worse.

    DCFS always seems to have problems, but under the Quinn/Calica admin, those problems don’t seem to be going away.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Dold, Schneider launch new TV ads
* Union PAC returns to airwaves with anti-Rauner ad
* A sure-fire cure for the grumpies
* Dem says Manar reform bill is a "disaster" that would "devastate schools"
* The congressional beat
* *** UPDATED x1 - There is a tie-in *** Ethics, schmethics
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - 2010 AP "fact check" *** Everything old is new again
* Yesterday's best comment
* *** UPDATED x2 - Rauner response - Quinn response *** The strange case of Barry Saacks
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's cable TV buys
* Rate Pat Quinn's new Latino ad
* *** UPDATED x2 - IDOC responds *** Rauner going all-in on prison-related issues
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition: TV ads, cable buy, mailers
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * DisplayPort comes to USB Type-C cable, will land on future phones
        * Cortana could be spreading across Europe soon
        * Pixel Battery Saver turns off pixels to save power
        * Apple Watch tests, iPad mini delays, Samsung bad results & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Leak offers list of bugfixes rumored for pending iOS 8.0.1 release
        * App Lock & Photo Vault redesign adds Material Design and better performance
        * Hands-on with Pebble Firmware 2.5; iOS 8 users get better notifications

        * Microsoft France’s President Seemingly Confirms Windows 9
        * China Installs Black Boxes In Arcade Machines To Fight Gambling
        * Photos Compare The Cameras Of Every iPhone Apple Has Ever Made
        * Wearables Finally Get a Chip That Can Handle Consumer Expectations
        * ARM launches a high-powered microcontroller for the internet of things
        * Get More from Difficult People by Shaping Your Requests as Questions
        * T-Mobile picks Ericsson to build its new tricked-out LTE network

        * Konerko's final games a time of reflection
        * John Danks can finish seasons again
        * Bassitt twirls gem, blanks Tigers for 7 2/3 in first win
        * Carroll, White Sox out to spoil Tigers' Central plans
        * Bassitt twirls gem, blanks Tigers for 7 2/3 in first win
        * White Sox 2, Tigers 0: Chris Bassitt picks up first win
        * Avisail realizes V-Mart will be highly coveted as free agent


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Equality Illinois PAC endorses Gov. Quinn's re-.....
        * Rauner, Vallas trade jabs over bankruptcy case..
        * Local third party candidate could help decide I.....
        * The (Acapulco) Gold Rush For Medical Marijuana .....
        * Local 3rd party candidate could help decide Ill.....
        * Richland County Democrats meet at park..


        * Attorney accused of falsifying asylum requests
        * Treasurer hopefuls look to boost office's image
        * State hearing focuses on nuclear, renewable energy
        * Inmate escapes from Vandalia, Illinois prison
        * A look at Democratic treasurer candidate Frerichs
        * Mom's appeal seeks to revive Chicago lawsuit
        * Trial of alleged ringleader of 2 murders begins
        * A look at GOP candidate for treasurer Tom Cross
        * Springfield children's hospital official arrested
        * Longtime southern Illinois reporter Malkovich dies

        * Chicago mayor wants state to reform drug laws
        * Former state health official charged in scheme
        * Governor candidates differ over ‘common sense’ on guns
        * Quinn, Rauner differ over ‘common sense’ on guns
        * Rauner gets support from black Chicago pastors
        * Don’t bet on gaming expansion — yet
        * GOP's Rauner gets another $1M from hedge fund CEO
        * Former Illinois prisoners get help reintegrating
        * Court: Lincoln inmate must use $20K settlement to pay incarceration costs
        * Deadline ahead for Illinois marijuana businesses

        * This on-demand dietitian aims to stop your 4 a.m. fridge binge
        * A quick look at the candidates for Illinois Treasurer
        * Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford looms over battle to replace him
        * United Continental settles immigration-bias claim
        * House GOP moves to repeal Quinn's new insurance tax


        * go easier on petty drug offenders
        * Trial begins for latest defendant in Joliet double-murder
        * Judge to hear recording of alleged mastermind of grisly Joliet murders
        * Trial begins for latest defendant to stand trial in Joliet double-murder
        * Opening statements expected Tuesday for latest defendant to stand trial in Joliet double-murder
        * Harvey to vote on having Cook County sheriff audit its police department
        * 1 killed, 10 wounded in shootings Monday
        * Our online IDs deserve better security
        * Truck driver arrested after allegedly holding children hostage near Midway
        * Parents who want to attend school fair asked to provide names, emails


        * Texas man guilty of sexually assaulting young relative in Kane County
        * 1 person transferred to burn unit after Elmhurst restaurant fire
        * Two plead guilty to extorting businessmen in bid to collect debts
        * Rauner talks crime, pivots from nursing home trial
        * Former Cicero candidate gets 2-day suspension from job with attorney general
        * Chicago man held on $250K bail after hostage situation in semi-truck
        * Investigators, dogs, search for Chicago man who escaped Vandalia prison
        * Nursing home trial focuses on confusing sale
        * Popular Lincoln Square chef nervously awaits surgery after attack
        * Naperville man arrested on child porn charge


        * Chicago Mayor: Lower Penalties For Drugs
        * After the march, what's next for climate change?
        * Tim Landis: Bike Lanes, Medical Marijuana And Meat
        * Group Wants More Information For Voters When Selecting Judges
        * A Redo On Redistricting
        * Polls Showing Illinois Governor's Race A Draw
        * Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop
        * Listen to State Week - September 19, 2014
        * Chris Mooney: More Evidence-Based Policymaking Needed
        * African Drumming At Southwind Park On Saturday


        * Chicago mayor wants state to reform drug laws
        * Former state health official charged in scheme
        * Governor candidates differ over ‘common sense’ on guns
        * Kathleen Parker: Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself
        * Rauner gets support from black Chicago pastors
        * Don’t bet on gaming expansion — yet
        * Thomas Schneider and Jay Scott: Building strong families to curb child abuse, neglect
        * GOP's Rauner gets another $1M from hedge fund CEO
        * Former Illinois prisoners get help reintegrating
        * Court: Lincoln inmate must use $20K settlement to pay incarceration costs


        * 09-23-14 On The Money
        * 09-23-14 Penny for Your Thoughts
        * SportsTalk 9-23-14
        * City Square project nearing construction phase
        * Bettendorf sees growth going north
        * Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off announces winners
        * Boil order lifted for part of Goreville
        * Davenport police chief involved in vehicle-pedestrian accident
        * Inmate escapes from Vandalia Correctional Center
        * Betty McIlroy


        * Former St. Charles man convicted of sexually assaulting underage relative
        * Citizens academy ‘an eye opener,' participants say
        * Topinka fends off criticism, pushes toward second term as state comptroller
        * Mundelein man goes on trial for crash that killed Round Lake Beach woman
        * Warrants provide motive, timeline in E. Dundee murder

        * Ray Nagin, William Jefferson profiled on M...
        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * The Urgent Need for New Antibiotics | Comm...
        * US House of Representatives Unanimously Pa...
        * Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrain...
        * Illinois vote: Dems split on aid for Syria...
        * Democratic candidate Mason says he's 'flip...

        * Sen. Durbin Tells High Court Fed Got Swipe......
        * Sen. Durbin Tells High Court Fed Got Swipe......
        * Bloomington-Normal Public Transit receives......
        * Bloomington-Normal Public Transit receives......
        * Bloomington-Normal Public Transit receives......

        * Democrat Giannoulias backs Republican Cros......

        * Karen Lewis, president of the CTU, speaks at a public forum Monday night on the Southwest Side
        * Callis Pushes Back Against Residency Rumors
        * Education Activists Chain Themselves Together At City Hall Protest
        * Coalition To Revitalize Dyett High School Stages Sit-In At City Hall
        * Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauner's 'Anti-Labor' Agenda
        * Emanuel, National Group Launch Youth Anti-Tobacco Video Contest
        * Rauner 'Mislead Public' On Nursing Home Chain Involvement, Social Agenda
        * Members Of Coalition To Revitalize Dyett High School Protest At City Hall
        * Poll: Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis Holds Large Lead Over Dem Callis
        * Gays come out for Quinn, get catty with Rauner


        * The Economic Empowerment Forum Endorses Rauner for Governor
        * State Director on Aging Says September Observances Stress the Importance of Healthy Aging - September is Healthy Aging Month; September 23 is Falls Prevention Day
        * Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on First Veterans Home in Chicago - New Facility Will Care for 200 of the Nation’s Heroes
        * Quinn still refusing to fire 20 political cronies
        * Illinois Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rauner for Governor




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller