OSATS (formerly known as DARS) is continuing with the elimination of PA II, PSA and CC positions through the SROA/layoff process. Employee Placement Meetings will be held at various institutions throughout the state beginning on Monday, November 30th and continuing for two weeks. If you are an impacted employee, you should have received your “option letter” this week notifying you of these meeting dates. We will have members of the CCPOA negotiating team at these locations available to represent you when you meet with personnel staff. The vacancy list we have been provided is NOT accurate. BEFORE you fill out your letter, contact Houston Whisenton, Bill Charette, Gary Leasure or me so we can provide you with all the information we have received from the brief negotiations we have done to date. If there is a position you would like to be placed in and it is not on the vacancy list (but you know it is a limited term or vacancy) list it on your options letter to preserve your options in case we need to show the errors on the vacancy list in the future. If you have an idea when you will be at your Employee Placement locations, please let us know to ensure we are available for each of you. You do not have to make any decisions on the day you meet, so take the time to get all in the information you need to make the best job selection for you. We have additional negotiation dates the third week of December and will continue to try to preserve all your rights as this process unfolds.
We still have not received a negotiation notice from labor relations for the transportation PA I positions at OSATS. I do not know when those positions will be advertised. Also, I have concerns that PSAs are being placed in positions in the remaining institution programs doing the same duties that were previously held by PA IIs.
Elizabeth Siggins, Chief Deputy Secretary Adult Programs (A), has committed to being at the Ontario PAAC meeting to answer questions relative to OSATS, eliminated positions, new positions, transitioning of positions, etc. Bring your questions to that meeting to get the most recent updates on all facets of OSATS.
Hardship transfers continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The policy does not include financial hardships and excludes situations that existed before jobs were obtained. We have recently seen hardships honored between hiring authorities. If you work for another division such as BPH, OSATS, etc., submit your hardship to your hiring authority. It should be routed to DAPO.
Grievances continue to be filed with mixed results. Some regions are better then others in responding in a timely manner. It is important that you file grievances on issues that remain unresolved regarding Implemented Terms and Policy.
GPS caseloads continue to be problematic. Despite a negative report from the Inspector General regarding the Garrido Case, DAPO still has not finalized policy so that there is clear direction on how to supervise both Active and Passive GPS caseloads. I have repeatedly asked for policy and negotiations to no avail to formalize supervision of these volatile caseloads. In discussions with many of you that have these caseloads, I continue to see that there is vast disparity on how these caseloads are supervised throughout the state.
Overtime continues to be problematic throughout the state with virtually no compliance with Policy 08-08. We are able to identify specific locations where this occurs, but get no satisfactory response from management. Most recently I have been working with units in Inglewood and Santa Ana. There are reports that parole administrators are limiting overtime in violation of the implemented terms. You should receive the necessary overtime to accomplish the job duties you are required to do. If you do a transport, it is the actual time worked. Management cannot put a cap of 8 hours, if you actually worked more. Grievances need to be filed if there are violations of this policy. The frustrating part is that most OT is paid at straight time if you used any leave credits or there is a holiday in the work period.
The parole reform task force continues to meet weekly and is now working on work specs. I am concerned that if the workload is reduced to 47, but the work is increased to a level that makes it impossible to accomplish the tasks in the work period, we gain nothing in improved supervision. Changes will begin in January with parolees being placed on non-revocable parole. This will reduce caseloads. At the same time, we should begin changing work expectations with a 47-1 caseload. Negotiations must be completed on all facets of these work changes.
Merit step pay increase following completion of the apprenticeship has reportedly not been occurring. I have sent some specific cases directly to personnel and some have been fixed. If this has happened to you, please contact your reps or me immediately. WE may need to file grievances on all outstanding situations to try to get these fixed quickly with back pay as needed.
Despite a freeze on lateral moves, it appears that DAPO management is able to do all the moves they choose. Yet stop all moves that we try to accomplish such as EOTs.
Board Revocation Representatives (BRRs) with BPH.are having their home storage permits removed. They previously had been “home headquartered”, but that practice is ending. I continue to have open dialogue with BPH management. We need to determine the impact to ascertain if negotiations should occur to discuss this change in work conditions. You must let me know how this is impacting or changing your work duties.
Policy is being written and management has been meeting on forming the new PAL teams. PAAC has been involved in the meetings as this policy evolves, but we should still be meeting to negotiate the changes. Some regions will have PSAs doing the same tasks as Parole Agents.
PVDMI is based on CSRA scores. It has been determined that errors occur and the AOR needs to notify HQ and ask for a new assessment (manually done) if it appears that the classification is too low or too high. This is important especially since CSRA scores determine parole supervision.
The next PAAC General Membership meeting will be held:
December 5, 2009
Hilton Ontario Airport
700 West Haven Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764
We will discuss parole reform, status of layoffs/SROA moves, furloughs, GPS caseloads and other topics. Elizabeth Siggins and Robert Ambroselli will be there.
There will be a PAAC meeting in Fresno on January 23, 2010. Information will be posted soon.
Email me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions on any of these or other issues. If you called me previously and I did not get back to you, please call me again. Sometimes I cannot get the message because of bad reception or I just get behind. PLEASE call again.