The September 14th academy will start with mostly Region III agents and some additional HQ staff included. These are all limited term hires, so these positions would go before any layoffs could occur.
DARS is losing positions related to their budget cuts. As of this date, we still do not know the number of impacted staff, or when layoff notices will be mailed. Houston Whisenton (909-553-5683) and I have been trying to get as much information as possible on all DARS issues without much success. Mark Kramer (209-628-9538) from the Central Valley has been involved in dealing with these issues also. We met with DARS Parole Administrators last week, but did not get many answers. There has been some speculation that PA II positions will be lost in the budget cuts and duties previously done by agents may be transferred to PSA positions. DARS agents have kept their home storage permits, and we are still advocating for PA III members and PSAs. DARS will be advertising in the near future for newly created positions that include 11 PA I’s for transportation to ICDTP programs and also 8 PSA’s.
Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is receiving severe cuts in personnel. Over 1200 staff may be impacted. It is unknown if DJJ parole agents will be allowed to transfer to DAPO if they are laid off.
The layoffs in DJJ and DARS will result in agents looking to transfer to vacant positions. We will not know the impact of these layoffs until all of the notices have gone to CCPOA and negotiations have been completed.
PACT agents will keep their cars contingent on them absorbing partial caseloads. Region I PACT agents have had caseloads already assigned to them. There is no consistency on what type of caseloads have been assigned to them and they are still doing PACT duties. A task force met in San Diego last week and we discussed how this transition would occur. We originally speculated that they would be assigned HC PALS, but that has not been formalized at this time. Notification will occur and subsequent negotiations for these positions will take place. If you have suggestions or questions, contact Lupe Sanchez (Region III) or me. The PACT agents may eventually work with the PAL teams in pursuing both CS and HC PALS.
Home storage permits are still being negotiated, with our next table date scheduled for September 24th. Team members are Tifani LaDuke, Lupe Sanchez, Houston Whisenton and me. If you are one of those members losing your car, contact any of us immediately so we can present your situations. Even if the negotiations are concluded, we will continue to look at individual situations and try to return vehicles where possible. For those of you that have lost your vehicle, keep track of all of your time getting pool cars, transferring equipment and returning vehicles. Time lost from work hours to accomplish these situations is an important fact. If you do not have access to a pool car and are required to use your personal car, we need that information. It is unknown what the reimbursement rate will be. We are still in the process of resolving the vehicle status of Board Revocation Representatives/CC I’s. If you are now required to start your days at a HQ location where a pool car is parked, you need to advise your supervisors if you will not be able to get to remote locations for early hearings. It is important that staff not work for free in these situations. Please give me detailed information which may help staff to keep their cars where needed.
Policy is being written and management has been meeting on forming the new PAL teams. They will come from existing positions and there will be teams in each region combined with PSAs that will be based in each regions headquarters. The PSAs will run databases to forward active leads to the field parole agents working these PAL teams. We have not yet negotiated these new positions.
EOTs are technically frozen, but I encourage all of you to have your EOT requests on file in the event things change. If management knows you are interested in a position and they are going to fill the positions, you can be moved to that position by a management move. In some regions, several FUNA positions have been filled with agents that have the most seniority.
I cannot state strongly enough, if you are involved in any type of an investigation invoke your right to have a representative. This should occur whether you are the subject or witness in an investigation.
Redistricting has been occurring throughout the state according to zip codes boundaries. Some units have moved caseloads with minimal problems. I am hearing that there are some problems in Region III and Region IV. I need to know the specific problems and proposed solutions. I am concerned with a Region IV memo entitled “Region IV Guidelines for Case Transfers between Parole Units” dated August 10th. Following these guidelines results in additional work and requires work to be completed in a shorter time period. Discharge reviews are to be done at 60 days (per this memo), in conflict with policy. This was discussed at the PAAC meeting and Tim Fowler agreed to look into this memo. The Region IV representatives will follow through. If you are being required to do additional work in reduced timeframes, let your supervisor know if you need additional work hours to accomplish these tasks.
Parole reform has passed the Senate and the Assembly. Having said that, we still do not know the real impact to DAPO. I think we will start to see programs and basic parole supervision change. Any change in workload specifications, etc. will require a notice to CCPOA and negotiations, so there should not be immediate changes.
Weapons committee has been meeting. The PAAC representative on that committee is John Alvarez from Redwood City Parole Unit. There are discussions of changing to an annual qualification, in addition to other tactical shoots. Also, DAPO is talking about changing the state issued weapon.
PA III supervisory tables will be scheduled in the next few months. Any CCPOA (dues paying) PA III Supervisors interested in participating in negotiations, on a variety of topics, contact me immediately via email.
Todd Gilliam has been appointed to fill the PAAC Region I Representative position vacated by Terry Gibbs who retired this summer. He is located in the Red Bluff office and is proving to be a very valuable part of our PAAC Board of Directors. His cell phone number is 530-513-3184.
PVDMI negotiations concluded unsuccessfully. We submitted 19 proposals and all were rejected. PVDMI is labor intensive and statistics show that agents agree with the instrument only approximately 50% of the time. This is not a good statistical percentage for an “evidenced based” tool. There are many problems with the PVDMI that has caused the team to question its validity. The risk instrument in the tool has flaws and with the potential of reduced programs from budget cuts, it is unclear what purpose this tool will serve. We are still trying to work with management on this topic.
We have pending negotiations on the Mentally Ill Offenders, home storage permits, MRSA, and anticipate notification on more issues in the near future. We are still waiting for a policy notice on the GPS/sex offender caseloads. Pilot programs continue to exist in Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego. With the possibility of reduced caseloads for all, the GPS caseloads may again be delayed in finalizing policy.
Remember if you want to get in on the CCPOA conference calls and you are not being notified when they occur, you need to call Rob at CCPOA (800-821-6443)
High profile cases continue to occur. Management has been supportive of staff while the investigative processes continue. A shooting occurred in Region III recently. It is imperative, in that case and the recent GPS case, the involved agents get in touch with a CCPOA attorney and not make statements or write their reports until they talk to an attorney. If you need the cards showing the 24 hour contact numbers for the attorneys, let me know and I will send them to you.
We are going to see a lot of changes in the future, including our leaders. Hopefully, management positions will be filled quickly so we will have stable leaders in place as the major changes in our profession begin to take place.
Email me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions on any of these or other issues.