Placements and settlement hearings for the displaced DARS/OSATS agents continue pursuant to Program 800. Agents should be reporting to their new assignments on March 2, 2010. We are still trying to resolve appeals informally. Some appeals will move forward to a formal DPA hearing.
OSATS has negotiated the work and duties associated with the new Parole Agent I positions (transportation for ICDTP). There will be 11 transportation agent positions and 8 PSAs. There are teachers that were laid off that are filling some of these PSA positions in OSATS.
Non-Revocable Parole (NRP) is being implemented. The process is going to be slow. If you need overtime to accomplish additional work associated with any new work related to NRP, you must request it in writing to your supervisor pursuant to Policy 08-08.
We have received a notice for negotiations on the new electronic monitoring policy. While the process may not be significantly different from the existing policy, there are 4 hours of new training required for this program. With NRP, block training, Valdivia, etc., this is new/additional training. If you are over 154 points and need OT to complete your work load due to this extra training, you must ask for the overtime in writing pursuant to Policy 08-08. I have been told that overtime will be authorized if needed following this new/extra training.
The PAL teams have been coming on board and the field units should see HC PALS shifting to these agents in the near future. We are still waiting to get back to the negotiation table on this subject because of significant changes since we initially negotiated. It is still unknown what size caseloads these agents and PSA’s will maintain. There are parole agents assigned to region’s HQ and field PAL agents.
Field Training Officer (FTO) positions are still being created. There are several concepts pending and the policy is being written now. It is unknown when this will begin. Agents that graduate from the academy would come out to the field and work with an FTO for several months before they acquire a caseload.
Parole reform with reduced caseloads is still being established. The pilot programs have not yet begun. It does not appear that a policy has been completed regarding work load specs since CCPOA/PAAC has not yet be noticed for negotiations. While caseloads will be 48-1, EOP caseloads will still remain at 40-1.
We have received numerous calls from units in Region IV where they were being required to provide more information on their caseload rosters than was required in the past. Also, there were reports that case reviews were being done on “bootlegged” forms with more information than would normally be done. Field book reviews were also being required. During a time when NRP is driving additional work and parolees may be taken off agent’s caseloads, the timing to create significant additional work seemed inappropriate. It appears that management has supported us and that extra work should have stopped for now. If this is happening in your area, contact your PAAC representative.
We continue to have new hires entering the parole agent academy. The second academy of the year is scheduled to start March 1st. The direction seems to be that new agents are being hired off the list, rather than just lateral transfers. If someone is coming from an outside agency and they are taking a pay reduction, they can apply for a Hiring Above Minimum (HAM) to come in at a higher pay scale. It must be done before they accept employment.
EOT moves are an issue that we continue to pursue with Robert Ambroselli. We are not making any progress. New hires are being placed in prime locations where agents with seniority are trying to move. In the event the EOT process opens up again, make sure your EOTs are current.
Newspapers are reporting about the current status of furloughs. There does not appear to be an imminent resolution. Appeals continue to be filed by both sides.
Despite continued attempts to get DAPO to finalize a GPS policy, we have not yet received a notice to negotiate. Numerous phone calls to me indicate that different areas are supervising GPS/sex offenders differently throughout the state.
We have an individual grievance moving forward regarding the credits given towards apprenticeship time and the time needed to complete the program. For years agents were allowed to complete the program in less than two years, if they received credit for previous experience. That changed when it was reported that the apprenticeship must be two years in duration. There appears to be disparate interpretations of the policy from Division of Industrial Relations, CCPOA and CDCR. The significance is noteworthy to many, since you must complete the apprenticeship program before you can receive the journey level pay increase. We are waiting to get a determination and I have been attempting to get an answer from the Division of Industrial Relations.
DAPO is continuing to moving forward with the conversion of field PA II Specialists to PA II Supervisors, however, I have no new information at this time.
The next PAAC General Membership meeting will be:
March 20, 2010
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
9 AM to 2 PM
Job Steward Training is scheduled in Rancho Cucamonga:
March 16, 2010
8:30 AM – 5 PM
(Corner of Base Line Road and Milliken Avenue)
11200 Base Line Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Contact CCPOA at 800-221-7397 to sign up.