I apologize for not updating this webpage recently. I am planning on using some furlough days to get out to the units and get caught up on many of the pending issues. I will let you know where I will be during October to talk to agents throughout the state.
I met with Robert Ambroselli on September 9. We discussed many issues. Employee Opportunity Transfers (EOT) continue to be a significant topic. I have repeatedly asked for this movement option for current agents. This request is especially important with pending dates for academies scheduled for early January 2011. It is imperative that an EOT occur before regions begin making job offers to new hires for the next academy, which is about 90 days away. He indicated he would look into it and get back to me. Part of this is contingent on the budget being signed to allow positions to be funded.
GPS caseloads continue to be problematic. A “shadowing” was done where a PA III followed a GPS agent for their entire work period to determine if the work is manageable. Two of the three PA IIIs concluded that the work can be accomplished within a 164-hour work period. It is noted that some of the facts in the reports would contradict that information. Also, it was noted that one of the agents had 10 cases less than the matrix cap. Breakdown for the “shadowing” revealed the fact that almost 45% of the time was spent on running tracks, with 11% of the agent’s time in the field. The remaining time was doing various other requisite tasks. The GPS task force that is meeting weekly was presented with this information. Hopefully, it will assist that group of professionals in making recommendations that improve these caseloads to allow more field time to monitor sex offender parolees.
I continue to receive phone calls about the denial of overtime for all caseloads. I have been assured that if OT is needed and can be articulated, agents should be receiving appropriate compensation. Agents receiving after hour calls are entitled to 15 minutes of OT if they incur 7 minutes of work (Rafferty Arbitration Decision). That does not have to be “preapproved” since there is an expectation by the department that this will occur. You are not required to keep your phones on after hours and being conscientious should not require you to work without compensation.
The rollout of the California Parolee Apprehension Team (CPAT) continues. The last negotiations were held in July. We were told that PSAs would not be assigned HC PAL cases based on existing policy. However, as recently as this month, almost 1,000 cases (3,000 points) were assigned to PSAs. That equates to approximately 19 funded parole agent positions.
The latest Parole Agent Academy for 2010 started July 26, with 82 agents.
I have been reviewing statewide unit workload summaries. When I met with Robert, I told him that everyone seems so preoccupied with Consolidated Error Reports that they have gotten away from the basics of monitoring Unit Workload Summaries. Policy 08-08 still exists, but very few units adhere to it. Also, there are vast disparities between units throughout the state. Some units have 7 agents and total cases of less then 300 while others have up to 15 agents and cases exceeding 1,200. It appears that the original zip code realignment has not had the results that were hoped for by DAPO.
Consolidated Error Reports (CER) continue to be problematic. Postings on the intranet regarding the CER percentages appear to make this a competition. Some errors are the result of transfers, delays in OBIS entries, etc. and cannot be fixed internally. This results in “adjustments” in Cal Parole that are not factual. Reports have been submitted regarding these discrepancies.
Elections for PAAC offices will occur in November. Ballots will be distributed soon in your region to let you know who is running for positions. You will receive your ballot in the mail in the next few months. Be sure and take the time to vote. When I received a list of PAAC member’s names, there were notes, from CCPOA, that addresses are not available for all members. If you are not receiving the Peacekeeper then CCPOA does not have your current address. Call Rob at CCPOA Membership Services (916-372-6060) to update or provide your address. I have still not been able to obtain your addresses; so direct communication from PAAC to our members is not possible. I will continue to work on obtaining addresses from CCPOA to have better distribution of information to all of you.
If you are interested in job steward training, send me an email and let me know your location. Once we receive adequate interest in specific areas for this training, CCPOA will schedule.
If you have cases where you are requesting a warrant and the BPH is not granting the warrant because of a close CDD, please let me know.
The PA II test results were finally released. The agents that have been demoted or displaced due to the Program 800 layoffs will still impact your ranking. They are gradually being made whole so the impact continues to diminish. Most of the impact continues to be in the central valley of Region I. We have received another notice for a layoff table in Sacramento. I think only two staff are going to be impacted in that area and they will probably be placed in current vacancies. We hear that DJJ continues to have position reductions. That may be the next noteworthy layoff table that will again impact our division as staff is absorbed.
Adverse actions continue unabated. Work related behavior and off duty misconduct are both contributors to sanctions. If you are involved in any conduct that results in questioning/investigation, invoke your right to a representative and call your local reps or me immediately.
The next PAAC meeting will be at the Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA on October 16, 2010 at 9 AM.