Six Month Discharge Reviews were moving forward. After legal review, it was determined that the six-month discharges would be done only on parolees released after October 1, 2011. Therefore, April 1, 2012, will be the future date for bulk discharges at six-month intervals.
AB 109 realignment begins October 1st. Everyone should have received training on realignment. We still anticipate many issues that will have to be resolved on a case-by-case basis. We have already started to see a significant reduction in pre-paroles and parole violators will no longer be returned to state prison. Parolees will do all their violation time in local jails, with a maximum return to custody period of 90 days.
Parole Agent Requested Transfers (PART) are basically non-existent. I recently participated in a conference call with all four regions and Margarita Perez. I will be requesting the PART lists and moves that have been done, which they indicated they are willing to provide. Recently PART transfer requests have been exceeding the 30-day requirement for processing. This delay significantly impacts those who are trying to participate in the process. A statewide grievance will be filed to address the problem of the state not adhering to MOU Section 19.06.
A PERB Unfair Labor Practice was previously settled regarding the Workload section of the old MOU (19.06). The settlement included an agreement to meet on the workload in November of 2011. I will be following through with the CCPOA attorney to ensure that management adheres to this agreement.
We were recently given notice regarding expansion of the four units involved in the Pilot Programs. Those programs were 48-1 and the new notice is for caseloads of 53-1. There will be units in each region converting to this program every six months. Agents in the existing pilot programs will be training next week. This will allow them to train the agents on the processes for these programs.
We continue to receive reports of increased Officer of the Day (OD) functions in units and grievances have been filed in Region III. With the workload increase from 48-1 to 53-1 we are trying to find duties that can be reduced to accommodate the increased caseload work duties. We hope to resolve this issue and address an excess of OD’s in units.
Numerous Community Correctional Facilities (CCF’s) are closing. The Correctional Counselors and PSA’s working at these locations are members of PAAC; therefore, the impact must be negotiated prior to the closures.
There are continued reports of agents having to answer the phones and act as receptionists (support staff) in units throughout the state. Everyone is short staffed, but to utilize peace officers to do BU 4 duties is not a good use of state resources. Management needs to resolve staff shortages and find solutions without having parole agents do this work. We have a grievance pending and I have contacted Bargaining Unit 4 regarding us doing their work. As we continue to resolve this, please contact your local representative if you are being required to do work that is outside of your duties.
DJJ/DAPO Merger negotiations were concluded on September 27, 2011. DJJ agents will begin attending the academy October 3rd and the transition will continue until 2014, when DJJ field parole will no longer exist.
There is a DAPO Parole Agent Academy scheduled to begin on October 3rd with 34 participants. The majority are DJJ agents that are transferring to DAPO effective that date. A second academy will begin on January 9, 2012. Agents will participate in the FTO program at some point during this transition. Many issues were not completely resolved following the negotiations and will continue to be addressed as this transition moves forward. Upon completion of the academy, DJJ agents will be in the same classification as DAPO parole agents for any future layoffs pursuant to AB 109 reductions.
Point Pattern Analysis is a pilot program in Fresno and San Bernardino. DAPO is planning to expand this program to two additional GPS units in Region II and III. As of this date, the units have not yet been identified. Negotiations are scheduled for October 14 to address workload impact and the expansion of this program.
We have negotiations for the Alternative Custody Program (ACP) on October 12, 2011. The first release statewide was in Ceres this week. The actual number of eligible inmates is unknown, but we anticipate resolving workload impact at this table.
Negotiations for the OSATS/DAPO merger will resume on October 13th. We have agreed to let the staff from OSATS come over to DAPO prior to negotiations. However, there will not be any physical change in reporting locations for any BU 6 staff associated with this merger until completion of negotiations.
Parole Agent II Conversion negotiations will resume on October 6, 2011. Once negotiations conclude, DAPO will move forward with implementing this conversion. Meetings have been held throughout the state with management asking existing PA II AUS if they were willing to convert their positions. This has not been a part of the negotiations and we do not know what will happen with these positions. We have only been negotiating vacant PA II AUS positions.
It is anticipated that SROA notices will be distributed before the end of the year. This is going to be an ongoing process as AB 109 evolves. Contact your local representatives for assistance in this matter.
The next PAAC General Membership Meeting will be December 3, 2011 in San Diego at:
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109