Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I have been receiving numerous phone calls from GPS agents throughout the state regarding the handling of “transient” parolees.  It seems that Passive GPS caseloads are the most problematic.  They have the same number of parolees as a Second Striker Agent with extensive extra work associated with putting a GPS unit on each parolee.  This is very inequitable.  I am scheduled to meet in San Diego with Dan Stone from HQ and others to discuss some of the concerns.  It is my intent to get to the negotiation table so we do not continue to just expand expectations for the GPS agents with no established guidelines.  I will be in the San Diego Parole Office on February 26th and hope to be able to talk to the agents that have those caseloads.  For the rest of you please email or call me with your concerns.  I am documenting all information I have received to date.

Mark Valdez (Region IV Rep) and I met with Tom Hoffman on 2/13/08 for the monthly Deputy Directors meeting.  The agenda was extensive and Tom was receptive to many of our issues and willing to follow up on requests we made.  Tom is considering the resumption of EOT moves throughout the state.  He asked the Deputy Regional’s from all four regions to come up with ideas.  There was agreement on the hardship transfer process, which was not being followed recently.  The Director on each case, per the policy, will now make the final decision. 

I asked that the Policy and Procedures Committee be revived.  This committee previously reviewed policy before it was distributed to ensure that it was accurate.  As you are probably all aware of, recent policies have had some inaccuracies that needed correction. 

We submitted a proposal for emergency vehicle lights.  Tom was surprised that we do not have them and is willing to pursue this issue.  We had a rough draft of possible language, including information on required training related to the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC).

There are positions in the state that are funded for caseloads but are redirected to specialized assignments such as the FBI.  The response was that these positions should have a caseload that is worked by the assigned agent.  It appears the number of these positions may be increasing. We are trying to locate all of these positions throughout the state and ensure that they meet current policy.

A review of unit workload summaries reveals significant disparities throughout the state.  Robert Ambroselli reported that they are going to be working on correcting the problems associated with discrepancies and other errors on caseloads.

We discussed the difficulties associated with supervising sex offenders.  Tom is aware of these concerns and receptive to addressing the problems.

Threats on staff on are not being handled timely.  There appears to be a recurring break in the process when DAPO refers the threats to OCS.  We requested that management make sure that the Quality Control aspect at DAPO is following through to ensure that OCS has received the case and is investigating the threats. 

I had heard that there was going to be pilot programs utilizing a matrix in the decision making process for utilizing intermediate sanctions.  I brought up the topic to Tom and he stated that one unit per region will be conducting a pilot program.  It is important that we hear from all of you involved in this process to let us know what the workload is associated with this pilot.  We do not always hear about these programs and depend on the members to let us know what is going on in the field.  Tom has indicated he will get me the information on this pilot and I am optimistic PAAC will be advised when these programs are going to occur before they are rolled out.

ICDTP has an in custody component (DAPO) and a community based program (DARS).  There is policy on the in custody part, but not on the community based aspect.  The in custody program has a 30 day community component that can occur outside of the parolee’s CLLR.  It is unclear who will supervise these parolees when they are out of the area.  Cases are being reduced to MS while they are in the community. If you have a Second Striker parolee, policy does not allow reduction to MS in the community.  Ensure that your cases are being supervised since we did not get confirmation at the meeting on who is expected to meet the specs on these cases being released to programs out of their area.

The next academy on 2/25/08 will have 80 agents, followed by an academy in April with 80 agents also.

Robert Ambroselli discussed their attempts to get Chevrolet Impalas for all agents.  They are putting their proposal out to bid.

COMPAS is being reviewed and management indicated
that a policy would be forthcoming on utilization of this tool.  Although there has been repeated concern about the usefulness of this document, Robert indicated they are resolving the problems they see with the tool.

Retired annuitants are being utilized in all classifications.  Tom acknowledged that all classifications must meet training requirements with PAST and 9 MM qualifications when they return to work. 

An EOT meeting at HQ was held on 2/19/08, with Tim Fowler, Ken Ford, Dave MacIlavine, Ondre Henry and me.  It is hoped that EOTs will resume in March.  However, that is contingent on the lateral freeze being lifted and the hiring freeze implemented this same date not stopping this process.  

Friday, February 1, 2008


January 31, 2008

Lots going on everywhere in the state and I have been hearing from many of you.  That is exactly what needs to happen, so PAAC can address statewide issues and get the information out to the membership.

We “negotiated” on January 23 & 24 for the implementation of SB 1453 (150 day discharge).   Our team had concerns regarding the fact that implementation of the program was done the day before negotiations started.  The team members were Houston Whisenton, Deborah Shoup, Bill Wiener and myself.  There are currently no signed agreements in place; only discussions due to Last, Best and Final.  Having said that, we appeared to get a consensus at the end of our discussions that the DARS PA IIs are incurring extensive new and additional work in their job duties.  DARS management was receptive to granting overtime when the agents submitted requests in writing and were able to identify what additional time would be used for.  We will have to monitor this and ensure that agents are adequately compensated for extra work they are not able to accomplish in their normal workweek.  If you are encountering problems with work related to SB 1453, you can contact any member of the negotiating team for assistance.

CCPOA recently sent out a survey relative to extra work.  I have heard that many of you may have thrown it out believing it did not pertain to parole.  There are two sections which addressed our issues:  (1) The amount of time it takes to put on your equipment…belt, gun, handcuffs, etc and the time it takes you to take it off; that time should be noted. (2) The amount of time that agents work for free. I.e. doing any function that we could not accomplish in our regular workweek.  This is probably noteworthy in those units that have excessive points and do not get compensated adequately with overtime.  Please take the time to fill out your survey.  If you discarded yours, please call the union (800) 821-6443 ask for membership and request a replacement survey or make a copy of a coworkers survey if they have them available.  It is important to document this information.

If you are not receiving your Peacekeeper magazine from CCPOA, your election ballot or other material, it is because they do not have your current address.  I have a list of PAAC members and there are many that do not have current addresses on file.  Please take the time to contact CCPOA to ensure that you are receiving union materials.

I am trying to locate all the members in our chapter to ensure that everyone receives the mailings.  Leo Pierini has been trying to help me identify our members with OCS so they can receive notices of meetings, etc.  Contact either Leo Pierini in Northern California or Eric Kraus in Southern California so union mailings can be sent to your locations.

 A Telecommunications meeting was held on 1/29/08.  It appears that the department is attempting to purchase radios for all agents.  New radios have been purchased for Fresno (100), Orange County (138) and Riverside County (138) and should be distributed soon.  Los Angeles is having their radios programmed and the agents should be receiving them soon.  San Jose agents are scheduled to get 80 radios.

We will be meeting with Tom Hoffman in February to discuss EOTs.  Hopefully, we can make progress in reinstating this process.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, give me a call or email me.

Parole Service Associate (PSA) is a growing classification.  We are trying to address PSA issues that are noteworthy. Many PSA positions throughout the state have not been identified by the union for membership. We need to address the lack of specific job duties in a variety of job assignments.  I hope to get enough PSA contacts to start developing what needs to be discussed for this classification.  The classification exists in different divisions and I am trying to make sure all of you have the opportunity to join CCPOA and receive your benefits.  If you have not signed up, please contact CCPOA or me for membership information.

I am working with CCPOA’s Labor Representative Michelle Arteaga in getting negotiations scheduled for the many pending issues.  My priority is the GPS caseload.  These cases have been in existence for two years and have not had specific guidelines agreed upon.  We need to get clarification on transient parolees, mixed caseloads, passive caseload specifications and other issues.  I have heard from many of you and will compile a list of topics to discuss.  Please contact me with your concerns and/or suggestions.  I will be selecting agents to participate on negotiating teams as negotiations arise.

Some of the issues that will be addressed at the Deputy Directors meetings are:  hardship waivers, threats on staff, 290 PC housing.  Let me know what topics are important and we will discuss them in future meetings.

Don’t forget the next PAAC meeting:

MARCH 8, 2008 9:00 AM

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