Voting just before 5:00 p.m. today the Board of Directors of CCPOA voted to recommend a “Yes” vote on the Tentative Agreement to the general membership. The vote was 47-4 with six abstentions. Interestingly enough, the whole Executive Council except Mike Jimenez abstained. I am sure there is a subtext of interest there, I am just not sure what it is.
Everybody who voiced an opinion said the agreement was crappy, but no one said that they thought they could do better.
I am not going to try to touch bases on everything, it would be pretty much impossible without printing out a copy of the TA itself. I will, however, hit a few highlights.
A major broadening of parameters for when the Department, and can not, demand sick leave verification is part of the TA.
Unit 6 will be paying an additional 3% into their retirement. (As is everybody else I think.)
Holidays will now pay double-time, as opposed to the old 1.5 time plus 8 hours of holiday time. There will now be no mechanism to earn holiday time. Holiday relief officers will go away, though the state still has an obligation to allow people to burn existing holiday time.
The 12-hour shift proposal is dead, at least for the term of this contract.
Two holidays are gone.
Unit 6 will get two “personal development” days. These are a use-it-or-lose-it proposition and carry no direct cash value.
On July 1 every Unit 6 employee loses 1 hr of Vacation time, which goes into RTB.
The annual leave program will NOT be made mandatory.
Fine details of language are still being smoothed out and typos discovered and corrected. You will get a hard copy of the proposal before you are asked to vote on it. This is a big deal people. Those of you who still have skin in the game should read it carefully.
I honestly think that this is likely the best deal that can be had for Unit 6 at this time under these circumstances. You are all adults, think it over and make your choice.