Furloughs & Layoffs

Leave credit cash-out leaves CPO’s out of cash

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
As usual, Corrections can't come up with any money to cash out CPO leave credits.  Other state employees are in line though.
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Paco: Don’t sweat it,  KA-Ching at 50! Some California state employees now eligible to cash out leave By Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee Tens of thousands of state workers stand to get extra money in the next couple months by cashing out some of their unused leave time – assuming the state can find money to cover it… The payments, which could reach about one-sixth of the rank-and-file workforce, must be made from departments’ current funds by the end of June and will likely cost millions of dollars… While the program will likely cost some departments big money up front, it saves even bigger costs down the line by reducing hours that their employees would cash out later at a higher pay rate when they quit or retire…



Federal government ‘shut down’ as nation yawns

Oct 1st, 2013 | By
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Déjà vu:  CO’s will work during furlough…sans pay Correctional Officers, Border Agents and most uniformed LEO’s on the federal payroll are not being furloughed during the federal government shutdown.  Instead, as with California CPO’s during the Schwarzenegger Administration, officers will be required to work for no pay.  In theory, that is. Given the near certainty the shutdown will last only a few days to as many weeks, it is unlikely the working LEO’s will experience much more than a delay in receiving their checks, insofar as the Personnel staff are staying home. In any event, bleak predictions notwithstanding, the shut-down will be  no more catastrophic than the “sequester” cuts — The cuts conventional wisdom held would bring the sky down. Reality was and is another matter — To the chagrin of most pundits, the sequester is a continuing success story. According to Stephen Moore, editorial board member and senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal,

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LA slashing court budget to balance

Jun 12th, 2013 | By
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More than 500 positions within the LA County Court system will be chopped by the end of this week in an attempt to close a projected $85 million budget deficit for the upcoming year. A total of 511 positions, many of them currently unfilled, will be eliminated.  At least 177 actual people will be laid off.  Another 139 will be demoted and 223 will be transferred. The court system has lost almost 900 people in the last five years.  I can’t imagine the workload has gone down to compensate. Clicking here will link to an AP piece in the Pasadena Times-Star on this story.



Staff transfers under way for Stockton hospital

May 21st, 2013 | By
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I have been informed, I believe reliably, that the transfers of staff into the Stockton hospital will begin in less than three weeks.  Not only will this bring 1,722 beds on-line but it will bring a lot of employment to Unit 6 members, some of whom are currently laid off, and will bring some money and increased real estate values into the community.  All things considered this is a good thing.



Stockton prison hospital nearing completion

Apr 18th, 2013 | By
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The California Health Care Facility, otherwise known as the Stockton Prison Hospital, is nearing completion.  It is expected to start accepting inmates in July.  Maybe some of those laid-off cops will get their jobs back. The 1.2 million square foot, 1,722 bed facility contains more hospital beds than all of the rest of the hospitals in San Joaquin County combined.  It will have a staff of about 2,400 and will even throw some surgery business to the county hospital, which could use the income.  They even set up a prison ward there just for state prisoners, a much better arrangement than that which existed previously.

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BOP furloughs nixed in the interest of safety

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
BOP Officer Eric Williams' murder was the key factor in preventing furloughs of federal prison officers.
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XREF:  BOP C/Os about to be hit with furlough due to sequestration Correctional officer’s death influences block on prison furloughs Bob Kalinowski | Citizen’s Voice The murder last month of federal Correctional Officer Eric Williams greatly influenced the decision to block furloughs for Bureau of Prisons employees, according to a congressman who helped secure the funding to maintain staffing levels. During testimony to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee last week, a union official for the correctional employees invoked the killing of the 34-year-old Nanticoke man while pleading with lawmakers to spare the Bureau of Prisons from the automatic budget reductions facing every other federal agency, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, said. “He specifically talked about the death of this young man, Eric Williams. He said we need to prevent these furloughs,” Fattah said Monday in a telephone interview. Fattah, the ranking House Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, said he

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BOP C/Os about to be hit with furlough due to sequestration

Mar 24th, 2013 | By
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According to the article linked here from KABC the staff at the federal BOP facility at Victorville say they have got written notice telling them they will have to take 14 furlough days over the next nine months. Eric Holder, AG, has said that the institutions will, if necessary, go on lockdown to cut down on the potential for escapes or violence. Thanks to Mouse for the link.



LAO recognizes that furloughs are stupid and counterproductive for 24/7 operations

Mar 15th, 2013 | By
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Mac Taylor of the Legislative Analysts Office has recognized the obvious, furlough programs for 24/7 operations such as state hospitals and prisons are not helpful and may even be counterproductive.  While the state will have saved about $5 billion in up-front personnel costs by the time the furlough program runs out this year the unpaid leave balances have skyrocketed to almost $4 billion.  This balance goes up with every pay raise. About 10% of the state work force have leave balances in excess of the 640 hour cap.  A lot of it, I suspect, is at state prisons where being able to take leave time

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Stockton hospital about to start hiring.

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By
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The prison medical facility just off of Arch Road near Stockton is starting their non-custody hiring process according to various news outlets today.  The facility is supposed to be complete and start receiving inmate patients in May if the wind blows in the right direction.  I am guessing that the department is starting the recall process on some of the laid off DVI staff, but I don’t know that for a fact.  The news pieces I saw this morning spoke primarily to non-custody jobs.



LA could lay off 500 cops if they don’t get their sales tax increase

Feb 8th, 2013 | By
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Like most big cities LA is cash-strapped.  There is going to be a proposal on the March ballot down there to kick the sales tax up 0.5%.  The locals are being told that they will lose a lot of cops if they don’t approve it.  That does not mean the tax money will actually go to the PD.  It might just enter the vast shell game of politics and end up being spent for practically anything.  However, the tactic might very well work.  It worked for Jerry Brown three months ago, it might work for LA a month from now.



Moonlighting…with the same employer!

Jan 30th, 2013 | By
Statewide, some 230 CPO's draw 2 paychecks.
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130 lieutenants and sergeants draw 2 paychecks? Many state workers hold more than one job; Brown administration puts a brake on the practice Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee Nearly a dozen state departments have allowed hundreds of employees to hold more than one job… All told, 571 nonunion employees held more than one position this month. Many are salaried managers and supervisors who are ineligible for overtime. Others, such as those working in the state’s prison system, are nonunion employees whose primary job pays an hourly wage and overtime under certain conditions. The practice has drawn criticism from some labor experts who say it may run afoul of federal labor law and, at the very least, invites an end-run around the notion of paying fixed wages for salaried jobs… About 75 lieutenants in corrections hold lower-level positions as sergeants or line-walking correctional officers. Another 55 sergeants have second appointments as correctional officers or as self-help

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Layoffs loom…

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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CCPOA, members bracing for more layoffs Redding to lose 7 parole agents, 2 others in April By Sean Longoria | Record Searchlight As the state continues to evaluate whether the Redding parole office will close sometime after June, officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Monday they’re cutting at least nine local positions in April. …a CDCR report detailing statewide reductions and staffing needs identifies the parole officers, a psychologist and a program tech as the positions targeted for downsizing in Shasta County. …CDCR officials are evaluating whether to close one of several north state offices, with Redding as one of the possibilities. A closure wouldn’t happen until after the end of the fiscal year in June…



Kelso about to lay off hundreds of his minions

Dec 12th, 2012 | By
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The Prison Health Care Receiver, J. Clark Kelso, is about to issue 2,200 layoff notices to employees of his agency, in order to effect about 829 layoffs of personnel.  (I’ll bet you had no idea his little bureaucratic kingdom was that  large, did you?)  His people are saying that, while his office will continue oversight, the actual management of the system is being transferred slowly back to CDCr. Clicking here will link to a brief State Worker Blog piece on this story.



Jerry will appeal furlough lawsuit loss to Professional Engineers union

Nov 19th, 2012 | By
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The Brown administration is electing to appeal it’s loss on the furlough case with the Professional Engineers union.  Clicking here will link to a very brief piece in the Sacramento PRAVDA on this story.



Pink slips to hit this week: Layoff October 30

Sep 24th, 2012 | By
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State to pink slip prison guards, parole officers next week By CHRISTINA VILLACORTE | Daily News, Los Angeles Sept. 22–With the state’s prison population shrinking rapidly by order of the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is scaling back operations and issuing pink slips to many prison guards and parole agents next week. The downsizing comes a year after Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan took effect… Layoffs are to take effect Oct. 30, but it remains unknown how many employees would be affected. As of June, CDCR was overstaffed by 472 corrections officers and 148 parole officers… That includes 110 corrections officers at the state prison in Lancaster and 46 parole officers throughout Los Angeles County. Employees received a letter in June saying they had been given “surplus status” because “CDCR has more employees in (their) classification than it has vacancies.” It also advised them to seek out other jobs within

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Are parole job cuts being accelerated?

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
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Has anybody heard anything about the wave of parole agent layoffs expected for next spring being moved up to the end of this year?  If anybody has any hard information, preferably with documentation, I would appreciate knowing about it.



Paying the piper: Excess leave is a hot potato

Aug 21st, 2012 | By
Why cash in excess time upon retirement, paying additional income tax in the bargain, when you can stay at home and get full pay?
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Accumulated state worker leave prompted California’s park scandal Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee What started as a quiet scheme to draw down excessive leave hours built up by state parks managers quickly spread, first to hardship cases and then to the rank and file, according to recently released state investigative documents. The leave scandal led to a larger revelation that the state Department of Parks and Recreation hid millions of dollars even while threatening to close parks and forgoing maintenance at its 278 facilities. The news brought down Director Ruth Coleman and has handed opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative plenty of campaign fodder. But it’s possible none of that would have happened if parks employees hadn’t accumulated so much leave time in the first place…



Jerry files appeal in Engineers union furlough case

Aug 15th, 2012 | By
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Recently Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick ruled that the Governor owes the members of the Professional Engineers in California Government a ton of money over their furlough.  Jerry doesn’t like that and has filed an appeal.  The original lawsuit also names John Chiang, the Controller, though his office is not part of the appeal filing. Clicking here will link to a State Workers Blog piece on this story.



Oregon prison furloughs save nil

Jul 31st, 2012 | By
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“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Albert Einstein Audit: Furloughs aren’t cutting Ore. prison costs East Oregonian PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s policy of mandatory furloughs for state employees has not produced expected savings at prisons, largely because of the round-the-clock nature of the operation, a state audit has found. The report released Thursday by Secretary of State Audits Division examined overtime and personnel costs at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville and Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla. The agency selected those two prisons for study because of their size and number of employees, said Gary Blackmer, director of the audits division.



‘Overcrowded’ or not, NY Corrections wants you!

Jul 26th, 2012 | By
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Go East, young CO!? Today Paco takes advantage of somewhat contradictory information received via email. On the one hand, a union source sent me a link to the excerpted article indicating the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYDOC) contests the New York CO union’s assertion the staff to inmate ratio is “dangerously low at” 3:1. (!) On the other, a web-based Criminal Justice Education clearinghouse wanted us to share an NYDOC recruiting video by Daniel F. Martuscello III–NYDOC is recruiting regardless of the staffing ratio. So, with CDCR laying off officers and parole agents and the State sinking into a financial abyss, it seems New York may be worth a look.  Like California, most of the state’s facilities are in suburban or rural areas where homes and rents are affordable. Yes, the weather can get pretty severe there but, give global warming a chance: Long Island may be boasting a Mediterranean

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Only about 5% of SEIU actually voted to ratify their deal with Jerry

Jul 20th, 2012 | By
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Only 7,233 members of SEIU Local 1000 actually cast votes in the election that approved the furlough deal with Jerry.  On July 3 SEIU stated that 65.76% of those voting supported the deal.  That means only 4,750 members bought the okeydoke. SEIU was actually under no obligation to send the matter to a vote, and was under no obligation to follow the membership vote if it went against the leadership.  SEIU represents about 93,000 workers. The union set up 82 polling places for a one-day vote around the state rather than doing a mail-in ballot, allegedly to move the process along more quickly, though many

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Jerry starts the furlough ball rolling

Jul 11th, 2012 | By
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Jerry has started the furlough process for the bargaining units who haven’t bought the okeydoke from him on the furlough plan. About 11,000 state engineers and not quite 1,000 plant operators are about to get hammered.  It should be noted the engineers were one of the groups who won the lawsuit last month and got a significant amount of back pay from Arnold’s furlough plan.  They are being given the same 8 hours as everybody else, and told to eat it now and grieve it if that’s what makes them feel good. Clicking here will link to a State Worker Blog piece on this, with

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SEIU votes 2 to 1 to accept the furlough plan

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By
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The general membership of SEIU has voted by almost exactly 2 to 1 to accept Jerry’s furlough proposal.  Clicking here will link to a brief Capitol Alert piece on this story.



Furlough language back in budget bill

Jun 26th, 2012 | By
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A new and improved budget bill that contains language that would allow Jerry to furlough state employees without the OK from their unions is in the hopper. This language has been inserted into SB 1037 and AB 1497, two of the budget trailer bills.  This language was dropped out of the budget bill, but has now resurfaced.  I guess Jerry wants to make sure he has a stick to beat the unions if they don’t go along with the plan.  Informal unscientific polling now indicates that SEIU membership is dubious about signing up for the deal their leadership tentatively approved.  I have seen no information

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Jerry and SEIU make furlough deal

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By
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Jerry and the SEIU have announced a deal on the furlough plan.  It isn’t quite what Jerry wanted, but it seems to both sides to be semi-reasonable. SEIU will be taking the pay hit, but is taking it as floating schedule days off rather than a shortened work week.  The rank-and-file still have to vote on it, but since the top step people will still get their scheduled July 1 3% pay raise, that segment will probably be reasonably happy with the deal.  Jerry also agreed to terminate almost all retired annuitants and student assistants in SEIU jobs, effective not later than September 1. SEIU

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Layoffs impacting criminal justice system across the board

Jun 21st, 2012 | By
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Public Workers Face New Rash of Layoffs, Hurting Recovery SHAILA DEWAN & MOTOKO RICH | New York Times Companies have been slowly adding workers for more than two years. But pink slips are still going out in a crucial area: government. In California, the governor is threatening to eliminate 15,000 state jobs. When school begins in Cleveland this fall, more than 500 teachers probably will be out of work. And in Trenton — which has already cut a third of its police force, hundreds of school district employees and at least 150 other public workers — the only way the city will forestall the loss of 60 more firefighters is if a federal grant comes through…(Full text at New York Times) San Diego Superior Court Announces 250 Layoffs Santee Patch The layoffs come because of state budget cuts, say officials. San Diego Superior Court is facing $14 million in reduced funding for the fiscal year

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Layoff notices issued to parole agents

Jun 17th, 2012 | By
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I heard today that the Parole Agent I and II layoff notices are now out.  They are said to go up to 17 years seniority.  I don’t know if these are actual layoff notices or warnings.  I have also heard there is at least one group of parole agents readying a lawsuit against the state over issues related to seniority and parole layoff procedures.  If anybody has any solid info on this you are more than welcome to post it.



Text of furlough/PLP agreement

Jun 16th, 2012 | By
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Below is the text of the furlough PLP agreement between CCPOA and the state.  It just came over the transom to me.   Side Letter Agreement State of California and California Correctional Peace Officers Association This agreement is a Side Letter to the current BU 6 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), entered into by the State Employer and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.  The purpose of this Side Letter is to assist in effectuating 2012-2013 Budget Savings to State employee compensation, as mandated in the State Budget and related legislation, and to continue to promote harmonious labor relations between the State and the Union. The

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CCPOA tentatively agrees to 5% cut

Jun 15th, 2012 | By
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Correctional officers, firefighters, psych techs, Jerry Brown tentatively agree to furloughs Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee State firefighters, correctional officers and psychiatric technicians will take a 5 percent pay hit starting next month under agreements their unions reached Friday with Gov. Jerry Brown… The agreements with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the California Department of Forestry Firefighters and the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians all mirror a deal reached with the CHP officers’ union last week. Under those terms, employees’ pay is docked eight hours per month for one year, but the time can be taken later. The deal with the firefighters marks the

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Proposed budget squashes furloughs

Jun 15th, 2012 | By
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Legislature to Governor: ‘Let’s just put the tip in’ CA budget bill deletes state worker furlough language — for now Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee The Legislature’s 2012-13 state budget proposal eliminates language that Gov. Jerry Brown proposed that would have allowed him to furlough or make other payroll-cutting moves against rank-and-file state workers if their unions refused to negotiate a 5 percent pay reduction. The unions have been pushing Democrats in the Legislature to make the change, which strengthens their position in negotiations with the administration to cut a total $839 million from the state’s payroll costs. Lawmakers could make more language tweaks between now and Friday’s budget deadline or later enact legislation that restores some or all of the authority Brown wanted. The budget language indicates that Democrats are hoping that all the unions will negotiate payroll reductions for the coming budget year without legislative intervention



Governor acts to curb most retired annuitants

Jun 13th, 2012 | By
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Jerry Brown moves to eliminate retiree workers Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee As Friday’s state budget deadline approaches, a little-noticed provision in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal would cut off thousands of retirees who return to work for the state. The idea targets all but the most essential of the state’s so-called “retired annuitants,” a group of about 5,800 workers who drew $110 million in pay from the state last year on top of their pensions. The Democratic governor’s proposal could strike a chord with taxpayers by appearing to crack down on double-dipping. It also appeals to public employee unions – which want to eliminate jobs they believe stunt the growth of the regular workforce – at the same time he’s asking union workers to accept furloughs and a 5 percent pay cut. Though axing retirees may score points with Brown’s political base, critics say the practice would cut off experienced, flexible and relatively cheap help.

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CHP buys into furlough plan

Jun 8th, 2012 | By
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The California Association of Highway Patrolmen has notified Jerry that they will buy into his 5% pay reduction one-day-per-month furlough plan.  The agreement will encourage, but not require, CHP officers to use banked furlough time that they may accrue instead of vacation time to cover annual vacations. It looks me like the Chippies, who have NOT gotten nailed in previous furlough plans, are being smart here by getting in front of the issue.  Luckily for them they can afford to, they haven’t had to eat years of furloughs before now because Arnie and Jerry consider them to be “real” public safety employees, unlike prison workers.

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