The DARS/OSATS agents, who are losing their positions due to budget reductions in their division, have received letters informing them what jobs they will be assigned to effective February 1, 2010.  There are many problems associated with the assignments and we have been trying to resolve issues on an individual basis.  It is imperative that, if you are one of the impacted Parole Agents, Correctional Counselors or PSAs, and did not get an acceptable position pursuant to your options worksheet, you must file an appeal immediately to preserve your time frames.  Contact CCPOA at 916-372-6060 and ask for legal so they can file the appeal for you.  The negotiation team is continuing to try to get corrections to what we see as errors in placements.  I have numerous award letters from those of you that reported problems.  Houston Whisenton and I will be meeting with DPA on Tuesday January 26th.

We have negotiated the Non Revocable Parole (NRP) policy that will be implemented on January 25, 2010.  Our “negotiations” resulted with the same ending as most tables.  ALL of our proposals were rejected.  We noted issues with the policy and hope that management will consider them. Thousands of parolees will be removed from supervised caseloads.  Depending on case factors, parolees will either be on “search only” or they will be placed on a monitored non-revocable parole to monitor completion of their batterer’s program.   It is noted that if they don’t complete the batterer’s program and/or have contact with a victim, they still will not be revoked. If parolees do not complete the program, DAPO will recommend they remain on NRP. 

The parole reform task force has concluded its work.  The new workload specs are currently being written into new policy.  Four pilot programs are scheduled to begin this month in Bakersfield 7, Santa Rosa, San Gabriel Valley and Tri City parole units.  As of this date, there have been no notices or negotiations on any aspect of the new workload.  It is speculated that the pilot programs will be conducted with a maximum of 48 cases per agent.  The reality is, in most units when the new workload rolls out statewide, that agents will have higher caseloads than 48.  It is unknown how Policy 08-08 will be rewritten to deal with these scenarios.  It is imperative that agents contact me regarding workload issues associated with the new specs, both positive and negative.  Negotiations will be our opportunity to try to get reasonable expectations for what is a manageable caseload.

The first academy of the year began January 11, 2010 with 41 parole agents.  They were hired permanent full time.  The last academy class was hired as limited term positions. I asked Robert Ambroselli if he is going to convert that last group of agents to permanent. He said that conversions are currently happening.  There are 8 subsequent academies scheduled for the rest of 2010, with an addition of 360 new agents to be hired this year.

The furloughs will continue for now with continuing court actions pending.  Even though CCPOA won in court, the state has filed an appeal.

We continue to receive information about hiring irregularities.  Most recently we learned that a person who did not meet the job duty requirements, as posted by the division, was hired and placed in the academy.  Originally it was confirmed that this hire would not move forward and that was obviously overruled.  A DPA appeal will be filed.

Adverse actions are continuing to rise at an alarming rate.  All levels are noted:  terminations, suspensions, demotions, pay reduction, etc.  Make sure you have a representative at all investigatory interviews and questioning by any level of management.

GPS caseloads continue to operate without statewide consistency.  Caseloads have never been negotiated for these caseloads.  I have been told that the final draft is moving forward and we should be receiving a formal notice for negotiations soon.

Threats on staff continue to occur and PAAC is not always being notified.  If you have received a threat or know another agent that has been threatened, contact your regional representative immediately.

EOT moves continue to be frozen.  However, hardships and management lateral moves continue.  New hires are being placed in favorable locations. Agents with high seniority points that are trying to transfer to more desirable locations are not allowed to move.   We are asking management to resume seniority moves before 300 new agents are placed this year.

We continue to receive reports that agents who have completed the apprenticeship program are not getting moved to the journey level and therefore are not getting the associated pay increase.   If you have not received that journey level pay increase, for whatever reason, and you have completed the apprenticeship program, contact me.

DAPO is moving forward with the conversion of PA II Specialists to PA II Supervisors.  We have still not been noticed for negotiations, nor received a duty statement for the new positions.

We have prevailed on a class action grievance related to the use of agents, who are receiving bilingual pay, now being able to translate during parole proceedings that had previously been stopped. 

The Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) is considering changes to job classifications in their division.  There has been discussion that parole agent positions would be converted to special agents who will be exempt from representation.  Those changes must be approved through DPA.  We have been trying to schedule a quarterly meeting with OCS management to discuss this further.

We had a general membership meeting in Fresno on January 23rd that was attended by approximately 90 members.  There have been ongoing problems with high caseloads and no adherence to Policy 08-08.  The reps met Dan Stone and Robert Ambroselli at that location earlier in the week.  We are committed to monitoring compliance with Policy 08-08 to ensure that supervisors are maintaining the requisite logs and either waiving adequate points or authorizing appropriate overtime.  There were lengthy discussions on how to handle the high caseloads.  Several supervisors from that complex were also present at the PAAC meeting.  Robert Ambroselli has indicated that he would like to give the local managers and Regional Dan Stone the opportunity to resolve problems before he gets involved.   This has been an ongoing issue throughout the state for years.  It is very important that we start ensuring that action is taken to ensure staff can accomplish the required duties of their job. 

The CCPOA State Board meeting will be held January 30-31 at the Ontario Airport Hilton.

The next PAAC General Membership meeting will be in March in Region III.  Information will be posted soon regarding the location.

Job Steward Training is scheduled in Bakersfield:

March 24, 2010
9 AM – 4 PM
Hodel’s Country Dining
5917 Knudsen Drive
Bakersfield, CA  93308
661-399-3341

Contact CCPOA at 559-431-5390 to sign up.  Walk-ins are also welcome.