Employees try to prevent layoffs at Lubbock city hall - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/09

Employees try to prevent layoffs at Lubbock city hall

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Employees Association continues its struggle against a proposed layoff in the city's health department.   As many as six people could be laid off depending on how next year's budget comes out.   The jobs in question pertain to health education.   And Lubbock Employees Association President, Kevin Overstreet says this is the absolute wrong time to cut back on health education.

"As of today, we have 27 new HIV cases," says Overstreet.   "Last year we had a total of seven.   So we're seeing a tremendous increase in STD's and we already lead the state, per capita, on STD cases," Overstreet added.

The city employees gathered Monday evening at Oakwood Baptist Church to come up with ideas for budget cuts that might allow the city to keep the health department employees.

"We spend over a $100,000 per year just in catering meals," for city council and other boards says Overstreet.   "Before we cut positions we need to cut back on our food services."

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