We still do not have any additional information regarding the “surplus” letters or the two-day furlough. I am keeping in touch with Director Hoffman daily and as soon as we learn anything, I will let you know. He met with his staff from HQ this week, but simply advised them that they do not have any direction as of this time.
We learned this week that Assembly Bill 8 (AB 1X 8) had passed the assembly and senate. After reading it, we realized that the bill could cut us drastically if passed. It, essentially, was a discharge for parolees after six months if they were not 290 PC, ll92 PC or 667 PC. Upon contacting both Tom Hoffman and Scott Kernan, they advised me that the Governor had vetoed the bill. I will try to meet with Stephen Walker from the CCPOA Legislative office and/or Mike Jimenez. I am concerned that PAAC did not know this bill was so far through the process. Hopefully, we will get information from CCPOA and a commitment to advise us when these bills are making there way through the legislature. It is important that PAAC be involved when this type of legislation is moving forward.
Please stay focused on the facts. Do not let rumors cause unnecessary alarm. I have had agents ask what the cut off, in BU 6 years, is for surplus letters? This question that has no answer at this time. If and when we get to any point where significant changes will occur, CCPOA will have to meet with management to facilitate the processes.
TASER negotiations will be occurring in January. I have team members from Region II and Region IV. I need an agent from Region III to be on the negotiation team. Please email me immediately if you are interested in doing this.
The Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI) began with a pilot program in 4 units in the state. It is going to be rolled out to all units starting in February. Those agents that are currently involved in the pilot programs should contact me ASAP if you are having problems with the instrument and to let me know if significant additional work is incurring in this program. We will meet with management again before the program is implemented statewide.
I do not know the status of EOT for January 2009. That section of the contract is still intact with Last, Best and Final. However, EOT is not being followed appropriately. There is not currently a hiring freeze, but with no new academies it is difficult to see how the EOT will move forward. If you are interested in moving, make sure your EOT is on file.
I still need input on the GPS caseloads. Please let me know what is and what is not working. I hope we will be negotiating workload specs and policy after the first of the year.