City Employees Speak Out Against Job Cuts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/31/09

City Employees Speak Out Against Job Cuts

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four Lubbock Health Department employees could lose their job in September as the city finalizes its budget, and Friday the City of Lubbock Employees Association speaks out.

The positions are health education services. President of the City of Lubbock Employees Association, Kevin Overstreet, says in the last year there have been 23 confirmed cases of HIV and the STD rate has increased 700 percent. "Why should we do away with a good program that I think citizens would continue to support? The city and the city council needs to reconsider," said Overstreet.

Overstreet says the city spends over $100,000 on catering services and that's one place the budget could be trimmed back.

City staff says the positions would be shifted to the state. Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price says the state does not have a clinic here and it would take time to open one. "We're going to have an epidemic if we don't start telling the public we need to keep those positions open," said Price.

Price says he's not sure whether or not he'll support the budget in its current form.

If eliminated, the positions will be gone by the end of September.

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