Today a Sacramento judge ruled that the governor could impose the furloughs. Four unions had filed the action resulting in this ruling. CCPOA Vice President Chuck Alexander issued a letter today indicating CCPOA will be in court on February 5th to present our own arguments against the furloughs as they apply to BU 6 members, including FLSA concerns. I talked to Tom Hoffman briefly, but he did not have any specific directions at this time, with no new definitive information available.
An overtime memo was issued today which indicated that OT would only be allowed in exigent circumstances. I don’t know what that means. I do know that Last, Best and Final and Policy 08-08 DO NOT state that “exigent circumstances” are the criteria for overtime. I believe that there are also other parts of that memo that violate Last, Best and Final. I have asked an agent to help author a class action grievance on this memo. Let your reps know if you are unable to get your work done and OT is denied.
We still don’t know what cuts, if any, will occur within DAPO. The legislature has until February 27th to introduce bills and there are hundreds anticipated. I plan to meet with Mike Jimenez next week and discuss these issues.
PVDMI is scheduled to roll out statewide beginning in South Central on 2/23/09. We have not yet been given a notice from Labor Relations, which will make it difficult to negotiate before the implementation date.
The topic of mandatory training includes much speculation on the actual training required for DAPO agents. Before 7K, agents participated in 40 hours of training. After 7K, 52 hours were added totaling 92 hours of training. 7K training went away and we should have been back to 40. However, new trainings are constantly being added. I am trying to ascertain what training is occurring in all regions. These are the trainings I believe are currently required:
Child Victimization 2 hours
Bloodborne pathogens 1 hour
Use of Force 2 hours
EEO Sexual Harassment 2 hours
Firearms Policy 2 hours
Tuberculosis Quiz 1 hour
Public Records Act OJT Quiz 1 hour
Information Security Awareness OJT Quiz 1 hour
PAST (4 hrs 1,2,3 quarter, 2 hours 4th quarter) 14 hours
Baton 2 hours
Range 2 hours per quarter 8 hours
Respiratory Mask Fit 1 hour
CLETS bi-annual recertification 2 hours
Defensive driving (every 4 year 4 hours
ADA Armstrong/Clark 6 hours
Please let me know of other training that you are required to attend. Agents in the pilot units for the PVDMI were required to complete extra training, however, they were given overtime. All agents will be required to complete 16 hours of PVDMI training in the next few months. Keep track of your training, so you can let your supervisor know when you reach your required training maximum.
Meetings scheduled for February are 2/4 with DARS Director Thomas Powers and 2/5 with DAPO Director Tom Hoffman.
We are trying to resolve issues where agent’s seniority points are wrong. Send an email to your personnel specialist. If you are not successful in fixing the problem, send me an email including your attempts to fix problems.
I am still working on the web page at www.cdcrparole.com but it is accessible.
It will have numerous links often used by agents. Also, meeting dates, minutes of PAAC meetings, and job stewards’ lists will be included.
There are a lot of rumors circulating. If you hear something about DAPO, CCPOA, etc., please call your PAAC representatives to confirm information. I am trying to provide information as I receive it. We are CCPOA and our strength is in our ability to provide factual information and unite in protecting our profession and the job that we perform.
The next CCPOA State Board meeting will be February 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn, 30 J Street, Sacramento.
The next PAAC meeting is March 14th at Radisson Suites Covina, 1211 E. Garvey Street, Covina, CA 91724.