Furloughs have begun and we have all received our first paycheck with the pay decrease. There appeared to be much confusion on how to complete a CDCR 998 correctly. Hopefully, there will not be any problems with next month’s paychecks as a result of errors. CCPOA is reviewing and needs examples of problems that are occurring.
The Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI) is rolling out statewide. I attended the 8-hour training on February 24th. Once you complete the training, you must begin using the associated forms. They are all computer generated. It is extra work and we have not negotiated the PVDMI.
EOT transfers are reportedly frozen. Region I has done some moves, utilizing the EOT list. FUNA positions were filled. I have still not seen a written directive freezing lateral/EOT moves. This freeze contradicts a previous arbitration settlement where the state admitted that the freeze was a violation of MOU (now LBF). Tom Hoffman has appointed a team of managers in DAPO to rewrite the EOT policy. This is one more process that we negotiated that is being removed.
I received phone calls/text messages last month about statements that I had supported management proposals for a HC PAL pilot program in Region III. I DID NOT support the plan and had not seen the proposal at the time a district administrator falsely stated my support. If you hear rumors, please call me directly and I will let you know what I do or do not support. I have concerns that a large banked caseload of HC PAL cases may compromise parole agent positions, since they are funded as 3-point cases. There are reportedly variations being considered statewide.
New Valdivia PA III positions have been filled. These positions were created to audit parole agent’s cases to determine if they are complying with all the requisite directives for DECS and other Valdivia requirements.
High caseloads continue to be a problem throughout the state. We have continued to pursue the problems associated with regions not adhering to Policy 08-08. Grievances have been written and are in various stages of the process. I have requested information from the Director to show where the problems exist. The request has been sent to labor and legal. It is doubtful that we will receive the information any time soon. Therefore, it is important for all of you to provide us with the documents we need. Unit workload summaries should be run every day. Also run the report in the morning and night on the 10th and 20th. We have seen significant reductions on the 10th when caseloads are submitted and agents then get their true workload points back the next day.
Overtime for extra work should be distributed based on seniority. All regions have local OT agreements, except for Region I. Following several grievances, Region I may move toward an agreement. Without a local agreement in that region, there are no geographical limitations for seniority overtime.
Reports have been received that agents are being required to flex their schedules to accommodate gate pickups, work beyond scheduled hours and other scenarios. If you are willing to make that adjustment, that may be an option. However, we have confirmed situations where supervisors are doing this to avoid paying overtime. We need to know when this is occurring. If you do this and don’t put hours worked and then just “flex” on another day, you could be putting false information on your 998, even if your supervisor has directed you to do this.
The CCPOA State Board of Directors met on February 20th and 21st. There are still more questions than answers on furloughs and other pending topics. Attorneys are working on harm that members are incurring as a result of furloughs, pay cuts and other issues.
Consolidated error reports continue to cause problems for agents. It appears that managers are so caught up in making this report perfect, that agents have parolees that are active on the streets yet show inactive on Cal Parole. I have received some specific examples. Please email me all such cases so we can compile this information.
PSA time studies have been conducted in the Parole Planning & Placement (PPP) Unit. I will request the results of these studies to see what information was obtained.
A health and safety grievance was submitted on 11/5/08, for the South Central Parole complex. As of this time, no response has been received. I have forwarded that grievance to Scott Kernan and will provide a copy to Federal OSHA and local legislators in Los Angeles. The grievance provides information that the parole building might be a “sick building” with toxins present. The air quality has been questioned.
Various information requests have been made over the last year (13 months) per the Dills Act. We are not receiving the information and will notify CCPOA of all outstanding requests.
I have received questions about “light duty” from agents trying to return to work after being off due to injury or illness. Light duty does exist with certain limitations. All four regions have done light duty for agents. Based on your doctor’s limitations, your region can determine what job you may perform.
The following are the names of the CCPOA Labor Representatives for PAAC:
Phil Auzins – PAAC Main Labor Rep for negotiations/Northern California (Sacramento CCPOA Office)
Nicole Clavo – Central Valley (Fresno CCPOA Office)
Steve Shadley – Southern California (Rancho Cucamonga CCPOA Office)
I continue to try to return all calls and emails. I miss a few, so please call me back if you have not received a response to your questions.
The next PAAC meeting is March 14th at Radisson Suites Covina, 1211 E. Garvey Street, Covina, CA 91724.