I met with Mike Jimenez on 11/19/08. We talked about many issues including my request to be involved when Mike is discussing parole issues with legislators. I had received information from Region IV that he was making “CCPOA proposals” regarding reentry beds. I wanted to know what our involvement would be in this arena. He indicated there were no proposals. However, he acknowledged that Stephen Walker from the CCPOA legislative office was flying to southern California today to meet with officials from Cops and Clergy to discuss reentry beds in Riverside County. We discussed the class action grievance regarding increased workload for parole agents. The attorneys will review and assist in determining how to best pursue this issue. Mike, Chuck Alexander, Steve Weiss and I discussed DAPOs plans to convert Parole Agent II Specialists in field units to Parole Agent II Supervisors. It was decided that further discussion would be needed after an information request was done for a description of the duties associated with the supervisory position. This may be an unfair labor practice. I hope to be able to maintain consistent contact with Mike to ensure that our issues are represented at CCPOA. He was receptive to working with me.
EOT moves will be done the first week of December. Make sure you submit your applications before the end of the month if you want to be eligible. If you encounter problems, contact your local representatives immediately.
If you are injured on the job and want to utilize your personal physician for treatment, rather than a state doctor, you must fill out a CDCR form 912 and have your physician sign it before you turn it in. You should do this immediately. The form must be in your personnel file before any injuries occurs.
Mandatory use of the computer policy has been implemented. If you are not PROFICIENT on the programs, do NOT sign the proficiency form. Training should be available in the future to assist you in learning the different programs and to help you become more efficient. However, I don’t think it is available at this time. We do not know how supervisors are determining proficiency, but they are requiring Agents to sign the form. Proficiency was not defined at the negotiation table.
We had approximately 140 PAAC members attend the general membership meeting in Ontario 11/22/08. Tom Hoffman and Robert Ambroselli both spoke about the pending budget cuts. Although we know cuts will probably occur, it is still unknown what they will be.
I asked Tom and Robert about lateral moves from Parole Agent II Specialist to Parole Agent II Supervisor when the agent is not on a promotion list. Tom and Robert both stated that personnel had confirmed that this move is legitimate. That would allow PA Specialists to transfer into the PA II Supervisory position, even if they had not taken the supervisor test. We had questioned this move since it was in a promotional path. Tom did indicate that the PA II Supervisory test should be given after the first of the year. Their interpretation would not require existing PA II Specialists to take this test, if they can simply lateral. We need to confirm this process.
Robert presented a power point presentation on the redistricting of the parole units/districts. It was well received by the membership who saw how caseloads would be geographically assigned for more efficient use of agents’ times in supervising parolees. He briefly covered the PVDMI tool that is being used in four units/pilot programs and the automation involved in writing reports. Future SOMS computer use was also discussed, again reiterating the efforts by management to streamline some of the work we do daily to be more efficient.
CCPOA Vice President Chuck Alexander spoke to the members about what CCPOA is doing to try to get a contract. He also acknowledged that we would not know anything about budget cuts until after the first of the year at the earliest. He answered many questions regarding CCPOA budget issues, a pending lawsuit and other topics.
I have a meeting with DARS Director Thomas Powers on 11/24/08 to discuss agents’ issues. DARS agents that will be attending are: Debbie Sallie, Houston Whisenton and Becky Hoover. We have an agenda and hope to cover a variety of topics. Job Steward Whisenton met with Parole Administrator Chris Diesslin last week to deal with specific complaints about a supervisor. There was a productive discussion and a summary of the meeting was written. If you have questions about these issues, contact Agent Whisenton.
A PAAC/BPH meeting will occur with Executive Officer Martin Hoshino on 12/3/08. If you have issues with BPH that you would like us to address, let me know before that date so it can be considered for the agenda. Send me an email with any topics you want discussed.