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SSA Workers’ Union Objects Cuts on Office Hours

October 10, 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) workers’ union has disapproved the agency’s plan to cut back the field offices hours as a way to save money, reports said.

In an article by the Washington Post, Witold Skwierczynski, president of the National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals, has sent a letter to the federal agency expressing the union’s objection towards the proposed trimming of the field offices’ work hours.

In the letter, he demanded “to bargain over the impact and implementation of the Agency’s decision to shorten the hours field office employees interview the public.”

The letter also told that the workers’ union “disagrees with the Agency’s position that most services do not require a field office visit and can be done on the Internet or by the 800 Number.”

Last week, a Federal Times news report said that the SSA will start closing all 1,233 field offices 30 minutes earlier on November 19. Moreover, these field offices will close down earlier on Wednesdays starting January next year.

Addressing the SSA workers’ union through e-mail last October 3, SSA’s deputy commissioner for operations Mary Glenn-Croft said that the purpose of these changes in public office hours is to trim down the use of overtime by allowing employees to continue their interviews and claims review within regular hours.

The SSA had already cut back on office hours in August of last year, wherein the federal agency trimmed public office hours by 30 minutes.

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