We ultimately ended up having two grievances go to mini-arbitration on February 10, 2012. They were seniority overtime grievances from Region IV. CCPOA and the grievant prevailed. Overtime will be paid to the individuals that were passed over. Two grievances were resolved in Region III after a mutual agreement was reached. The remaining grievance is relative to Acting Out of Class and we anticipate a favorable resolution, not necessitating mini-arbitration.

There are written local Overtime (OT) agreements in Region II, III and IV. Region I agreed to abide by the process that is basically the same in the other regions. Check with your local PAAC representatives if you do not have these agreements. OT should be assigned based on seniority, if it is not related to an agent’s caseload.

Six-month discharges have begun. This is new work and was discussed at the AB 109 table. The negotiations have not concluded, but we were told that overtime for these discharge reviews is available if needed.

The PA II Specialist to Supervisor conversion grievance was answered by DPA on February 24, 2012. It was determined that The Statewide Agreement dated November 10, 2012, had violated the BU 6 MOU. Any conversion of a “filled” PA II Specialist position to PA II Supervisory is a violation of 27.01 of the MOU. There is still confusion on the information noted in the grievance response, which does not appear to be accurate. CCPOA continues to evaluate the information and determine what course of action might be needed to enforce compliance of the remedies.

Some of the PA II Supervisors that were hired in Region IV reported their effective date of promotion was retroactive to November of 2011. In some cases that meant that agents that were rank and file on January 1, 2012, were given credit for 32 hours of Professional Development Days. Once these promotions are made retroactive, personnel will remove the 32 hours of PDD from their leave credits.

There is a new grievance being submitted regarding the CPAT PA II Specialist to Supervisor conversions. DAPO management stated that those positions were absolutely not part of the conversion negotiations because CPAT is not funded. Region IV has converted at least one CPAT position and Region III conducted interviews for two PA II Supervisor positions.

Professional Development Days (PDD) account for 32 hours of time credited to rank and file agents as of January 1, 2012. Don’t forget to use these hours first because they expire at the end of the year.

PACT negotiations ended without resolution. DAPO management withdrew the revised duty statement, so it is unknown where this table will go in the future. With the duty statement withdrawn, PACT agents that continue to conduct PACT meetings and maintain service providers as their basic job function should not have a caseload. Team members are Jim Gaupel, Lisa Benjamin, and Bill Charette. The future of PACT is the most prevalent issue and we still don’t know what will happen to those positions in the future. With the reduced numbers of parolees being released, there is less need for all of the funded positions.

Layoff discussions began with a partial day meeting between the negotiating team and management last week. The previous layoffs resulted in approximately 94 Correctional Officers being laid off February 29th, in addition to Correctional Counselors. There were also demotions and staff moving to OTAP and PICO positions, some having to relocate to other institutions. The DAPO Layoff table will resume on March 12th. Team members are Melinda Silva, Gilbert Gil, Brent Epstein and Brenda Gibbons. It is important that you all start confirming your seniority scores, as that will be crucial when layoffs occur. Errors on these seniority points created many problems during the last layoff process with institution staff.

Vacant and other positions that have been unfilled for years are now being advertised. It is difficult to understand why new promotions are occurring for these positions when we are facing layoffs statewide. This may contribute to more impacted staff.

All Retired Annuitants (R.A.) should be removed before any layoffs occur. There are still a number of them being utilized in DAPO.

DAPO will be distributing an information memo on SOMS access for parole agents. It is voluntary use and you can currently go online and do a basic training to access partial information. The SOMS program will continue to evolve allowing more information to be available to the field.

Revocation cases currently remain in local custody as a result of AB 109. All revocation cases should remain active on your caseloads. Until we reach an agreement in negotiations, you are still required to check once a month to confirm custody status.

If anyone needs a parking placard, let me know and I will send you one.

The current academy class will graduate on the 16th of March and report to their offices on March 20th. Most will be required to complete the FTO program before they assume their caseloads if they are going to an adult position. Some will still keep their juvenile caseloads until they are all gone.

The next PAAC General Membership Meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2012 in Region III at 9 AM.

Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
626-577-1000

CCPOA Board of Directors meeting will be April 21, 2012 at 9 AM:

Doubletree Hotel
222 North Vienyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764