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Increase the on-call wage for social workers

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I was surprised to learn that the average salary at Diablo Canyon is $157,000. This is about three times the average for a county employee.

Federal regulations, I am sure, require a certain number of technicians to be on duty at any given time, with a certain number being “on call” in case an employee calls in sick or is otherwise unable to work a shift.

State regulations require that social workers be on call 24/7 to respond to reports of elder or child abuse. In 2006, the standby rate for social workers was set at $2.75 an hour or just slightly more than one-third of the then minimum wage. It has not been raised since (in many labor contracts the standby rate is set to one-fourth of the employee’s hourly pay rate).

With many of the jobs (clerks, custodians, etc.) at Diablo Canyon being non-technical in nature, with their average salary at Diablo being triple that of county employees, and with the upcoming increase in the minimum wage, setting the standby rate for social workers to one-third the minimum wage is not too much to ask.

-- Lance Hillsinger - San Luis Obispo

-- Lance Hillsinger - San Luis Obispo

-- Lance Hillsinger - San Luis Obispo

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