I am currently filling committee vacancies and will report them when I have confirmed the appointments. The negotiation team for SB 1453-150 day discharge is me, Bill Wiener (PA I), Deborah Shoup (PA II-DARS) and Houston Whisenton (PA II-DARS). Anyone who wants to provide information on workload issues relative to these negotiations may contact any of us. We will begin negotiations on January 23rd.
On Monday I attended the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB) and spoke briefly with Jim Tilton. It is important that PAAC be represented at these meetings to provide information relative to our jobs. I have observed that technical information is being reported to committees and the legislature that does not reflect the real aspect of parole, what we do and those that we supervise.
The PAAC meeting on January 12th was attended by approximately 45 members from Region I & II. Director Tom Hoffman spoke to us and answered many questions. One issue he agreed to look at was the EOT “freeze”. Hopefully, we can return to that process soon. He has agreed to attend PAAC meetings throughout the state in the future.
CCPOA VP Chuck Alexander talked about the Last Best Final. The message is that we do not have many answers, since LBF is uncharted waters. We do not know where this is going, with more unknowns than facts at this time. The proposals by the Governor will undoubtedly go through many changes in the next 45 days.
MRSA is prevalent in the prisons and also within our population. CDCR put out a report, but failed to address dealing with the disease in parole supervision. I have asked Mr. Hoffman to consider policy which could include waiving specs while the parolee is infected.
I am trying to identify contact persons at every unit to distribute union material. I will be sending out letters soon to those we currently have. Every complex should have a CCPOA/PAAC bulletin board for union postings. Job Steward lists are being updated. I encourage those who are interested to take the training to help members with representation.
There are numerous classifications in our chapter. I am trying to make sure that we reach all of you and address your issues. We represent PSAs; Parole Agents at DAPO, BPH and OCS. We also represent CCC IIs at CCFs, and dues paying managers throughout the state.
The new Bloodborne Exposure policy was recently released. It is important that everyone know what the process is before there is an exposure. Talk to your supervisor and know where the closest sites are to your work place that have the necessary treatments for contaminated blood exposures.