Results relative to Wave 3 options for impacted employees should be mailed out the week of March 25th. This will include an additional Statewide Bid (SWB) for those that do not have any options and are slated for layoffs. It is imperative that you review all the documents you receive immediately and thoroughly and respond if needed. If there are errors or issues, keep copies of all relative documents. Call CCPOA immediately, if California Human Resources (CalHR) does not resolve your issue, to determine if you need to file a grievance or appeal.
If you are unable to relocate or bid into a prison out of your area, consider looking for other employment using the DPA website. You can find other job vacancies that are transferable based on your salary.
We are already involved in 3:3 meetings, which have occurred in previous waves and were agreed to during each wave’s negotiation. These meetings include staff from Cal HR and Labor Relations, who meet with a CCPOA attorney, a CCPOA Labor Representative, and me. The meetings are scheduled to deal with Wave 3 individual situations in an attempt to resolve errors/issues and to alleviate grievances and/or appeals.
CCPOA is scheduled to receive the Re-employment list for all BU 6 classifications this week. Correctional Officers that were laid off in Wave 1 and 2 have received an interest/survey letter, and it appears job options may be available to them. All agents that bid during any wave of SWB should be on the Re-employment list for parole agents.
CCPOA/PAAC has received a notice from Labor Relations regarding training scheduled for May and June (16 hours) relative to the new revocation process. The new process will transfer to the counties in July. I have not seen any specific information on this transition, but negotiations will have to occur soon.
Negotiations for a revised firearm’s policy began and several sessions were conducted. We then subsequently discussed a 2007 memo from the CDCR Undersecretary. This memo requires clarification before implementation can occur which would require parole agents to wear their vests at all times they are working. We are waiting for a response from DAPO management regarding the vest, arming requirements and shotgun use. PAAC has not been able to get current table dates, so this negotiation remains open.
On March 20th, PAAC negotiated a change in the PAST lesson plan. The MOU section 19.02 remains in tact, which states that PAST is not a condition of employment. We may have some residual situations that will have us return to the negotiation table for clarification. The changes should only be the actual moves and inclusion of baton training all four quarters.
There is a pending negotiation notice for data/nexus. The notice did not include any policy, lesson plan or descriptions to advise what the change/additional work will be. I am waiting for further information and the negotiations will occur within the next 30 days.
The statewide Acting Out of Class grievance has still not been resolved. CCPOA/PAAC received a settlement offer, which was less than appropriate compensation. We are anticipating further information from Labor Relations and will need to schedule another meeting to continue to reach a settlement. The time frames for consideration of payment are identified, however, CCPOA/PAAC is waiting for clarification from Labor Relations on why the period for compensation is being narrowly identified. Also, we believe the information is not completely correct.
Workload negotiations for the 53:1 caseloads resume April 2nd. We anticipate working on an OT policy for the CPSRM caseloads. However, even without a specific policy relative to these caseloads, agents should ask for any necessary time to accomplish the work on these caseloads. I have heard that in some areas, supervisors/managers are subtracting custody and minimum cases before considering OT. This is not appropriate, since all cases require work. If you do not get approved for OT and cannot accomplish the requisite work specifications in a 41-hour workweek, send an email to your supervisor documenting that fact. If you have vacation, holidays or sick days used during a month, it is not realistic to think you can accomplish all your work even on a 53:1 caseload. Document and protect yourself if work is not getting done. DO NOT WORK FOR FREE. Note additional OD duties, increased caseloads, reduced workdays, off caseload requirements, etc.
Overtime must still be offered based on seniority in a unit, then complex, for work that is not for the Agent of Record’s caseload. I still hear of violations of this seniority OT. Contact your PAAC rep if this is occurring or you can write your own grievance.
There were numerous reports of problems associated with the questionnaire and exam relative to the fit testing for the TB masks. CCPOA met with Labor Relations after receiving information on the first questionnaire. The questions were modified as a result of that meeting. It is imperative that all parole agents participate in the process, so the N 95 TB masks may be provided. There is a reported TB outbreak in downtown Los Angeles, so all agents in that area should make sure they receive at least one N 95 mask in the event they are involved with individuals that have TB.
PAAC representatives continue to meet in all four regions relative to office closures, consolidation of units and redirecting staff to manage caseloads. By April 29th, when the remaining impacted agents will leave to attend the C/O Academy, caseloads will increase significantly. Even at this point in time, units have 300+ points, CPSRM caseloads exceed 100 in some locations and GPS agents are up to 65. While OT is more readily available in some areas, it continues to be an uphill battle to get compensation with these excessive caseloads. If you are being moved and have concerns, contact me.
Agents, who are required to do receptionist duties, by sitting in the clerical area and answer phones in their units, continue to increase statewide. There are units that will not have any support/clerical staff soon and may be down to 2-3 agents. These situations create monumental problems with office closures and reductions. It is not known who will process board reports, etc., nor handles the routine day-to-day operations of an office. Some units will start to have reduced hours and will have to be creative in handling the work, so agents can continue to handle their caseloads.
CCPOA will be providing Job Steward Training on May 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM at Marie Callender’s, 350 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA. Call CCPOA Fresno office to reserve a place in the training: 559-431-5390.
The next PAAC meeting will be 9 AM, May 18th at Embassy Suites Arcadia, 211 East Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006, 626-445-8525.