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SSA to make reductions in telework

The Social Security Administration on Monday announced that it will move forward with plans to make reductions to telework as soon as early spring, the Government Executive reports.

According to the report, the “agency sent vague statements” to the media and union officials that beginning March 2, it will give agency leadership more flexibility to modify and reduce their telework policies in order to “improve service.”

Various union officials have reported that the cuts include reducing the number of telework days for legal assistants to one day per two-week period, down from up to three days per week, the article notes, adding that union leaders oppose the changes and said they were left out of the planning.

Reader comments

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Everyone impacted by this unfair violation of workers rights, file an Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Suit on Saul and Gruber. Also, also employees need to demand these two be removed A S A P. Employees are being used in some unfair t it for tat game! It's disgusting. B T W, Saul the legal assistance who busted thier ass working until 8 pm for 2 years decreased this backlog! You reward hard work and dedication to public service like this? We vote no confidence! You are not wanted here nor is your Clooney Gruber

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

How does reducing telework improve service? Most teleworkers actually work more hours when teleworking because they are committed to finishing tasks without having to deal with traffic going to work or going home. How did the media get notified before the teleworkers?

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Legal assistants, formerly known as SCT/LCT’s should call in and have a national sick day on March 2nd. See how OHO will run without them.

Wed, Jan 29, 2020 Serge West Coast

I agree with the comment made about being 17th. This agency is going backwards and wasting money on projects that weren't thought thru. Telework should have been taken away from management not the staff.

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

SS Medicare service definitely needs improvement. Major problems establishing accounts on website, the local office and telephone information competence along with their system updates, and duplications of mailings. I have not seen such pervasive incompetence.

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