Remember, once your work schedule is submitted and approved, your supervisor cannot make you flex your schedule to avoid paying overtime. You can mutually agree to that, but your schedule is approved before the start of the month and you have the right to know that your schedule is approved.
PAAC will be meeting with management in October on GPS issues. I have received very little input to date on the pilot program issues at those specific locations. If any GPS agents have issues that they want addressed, email me so I can bring them to management’s attention. I anticipate receiving a rough draft of the GPS policy and negotiations should be in the near future. Most of you are operating with no policy and that is problematic.
Now that we have a budget, the Director stated that DAPO will be scheduling testing for the Parole Agent II Supervisory position. PAAC continues to try to get a definitive job description and notice for negotiations on the change of classification.
Just a reminder, if you have not already filled out a PHYSICIAN DESIGNATION form CDCR 912, you should do so immediately. That allows you to use your personal physician if you have a job related injury, rather than having to use a state assigned physician.
There was a recent incident in a parole office where a parolee suffered a seizure in a program. Agents performed CPR however, the parolee died. If you are in a situation like that it is important that you use a CPR mask is to lower any risk of exposure to diseases. Always know where there is a mask in your office, if you keep yours in your car.
Agents were spit on during an arrest involving use of force. If you receive any exposure like this, your supervisor needs to provide you with information so you can seek appropriate treatment if needed. Also, if you are involved in use of force, you should ALWAYS contact a rep or CCPOA to get an attorney to assist you.
Negotiations will occur on October 7th for Parolee Service Centers (PSC). Any members associated with those programs that have issues with workload specifications, contact me before that date.
Negotiating teams will be meeting October 2nd and 3rd with DAPO regarding mandatory use of the computer. This policy is very far reaching and again adds work that is currently done by support staff and supervisors. Negotiations have been unproductive for many months, so I am not optimistic that we will get any positive movement on this topic. We continue to get more work with no compensation. We need to document any and all extra work. I will be talking to CCPOA about options on this issue.
PA IIIs also will be negotiating on the computer use issue. John Bernal, PA III, South Central is the contact person for supervisor issues. He will be heading all issues we are trying to bring forward. Only CCPOA dues paying members will be on the negotiating teams.
I am trying to get Parole Service Associates (PSA) issues centralized. Les Reynoso will be heading that committee. Contact her with your issues. I will provide her union email contact in the next blog.
The DAPO policy unit is working on establishing a Field Agent Guide with quick references on a variety of topics. If you have suggestions on what should go in that document, you should contact the policy unit that can be located on the intranet.
Corey Davis, CCPOA Labor Representative, is looking for members that have been harmed in the “apprenticeship program”. If anyone has been extended for turning in their DS 103 late, they need to contact him at 916-372-6060. Other pertinent information they are requesting are examples of management losing forms, apprentices who can show that no one is monitoring what they are doing, no training being provided, etc.
The convention was very controversial, but now concluded. The delegates reelected Mike Jimenez. The PAAC board voted as follows:
Dan Rafferty-7 votes
Mike Jimenez-2 votes
There is an email circulating that is addressed to me (and not authored by me) regarding a regional representative. Any recall issues are directly handled by CCPOA and not PAAC. Members have the right to address issues with their elected officials (me included). The process is done through PAAC and CCPOA bylaws. Democratic processes allow members to have a voice in their union. Conflict is not discouraged and we all deal with it frequently. Please just make sure you do not violate policy or union bylaws when you are making your statements.
I recently testified at an informational hearing at the legislature on Proposition 5 (NORA). It is on the November ballot and has the potential to deal DAPO a devastating blow. It will allow 6 “bites of the apple”, far exceeding Proposition 36 allowances. You should research the initiative and encourage everyone to vote no on this proposition.
Open enrollment is now occurring. If you want to change health providers, enroll in flex elect programs, etc., now is the time to do so.
Job steward training will be held October 29th at Springhill Suites Marriott, 99 N. 2nd Avenue, Arcadia, CA. Contact CCPOA Southern Office at 800-221-7397. You must do the training on your own time. It is great training and empowers you as you learn your rights. You do not have to be an active job steward if you do the training, but is great for protecting your rights as a BU 6 members. Internal affairs investigations continue to increase and we desperately need more job stewards in Region III and throughout the state. I encourage you all to sign up for this training.
The next PAAC meeting is October 18th at Embassy Suites, 250 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA. Please attend this meeting to get current information on DAPO polices, CCPOA issues and the issues in your region. Fresno had an excellent turnout, at the last meeting, with over 60 members in attendance. I am encouraging all of the Region II agents to please try to attend to get your questions answered. Management and union representatives will be in attendance.
I try to return all your phone calls and emails. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours, please call me back and always leave a contact number.