During the month of June, CCSO representatives along with a few CCSO Chapter Presidents met and conferred with CDCR’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR) regarding the proposed changes and additions to the Seniority Assignment (SA) Agreement. The most notable proposed changes included amending the language regarding the 60/40 split for lieutenants, and adding language for the implementation of Limited-Term Light Duty Assignments (LTLDA) and Field Training Sergeants, both proposed as being exempt from the SA 60/40 split. After much discussion, OLR agreed to our request to leave the previous existing language of grouping premium and non-premium RDOs per watch. However, and to our disappointment, OLR indicated the LTLDA and Field Training Sergeants would remain exempt from the SA 60/40 split as proposed. A few weeks after the meet and confer, CCSO President Art Gonzales met with DAI Director Gipson to express his disappointment with the meet and confer outcome. He explained how exempting the LTLDA and Field Training Sergeants positions would only erode an already thinly defined 60/40 split to a disadvantage for supervisors. The meeting concluded in mutual resolution in which the Field Training Sergeants would be included in the SA process and the LTLDAs remain exempt. Our CCSO President expressed extreme gratitude to Director Gipson for her willingness to meet with us on this subject, as well as consider our concerns and act upon them.
CCSO received the tentative agreements for most rank and file employees. We also received the Exempt and Excluded Employee Compensation letter issued by CalHR, as well as the Compensation Adjustments for Exempt and Excluded Employees memo issued by CDCR and CCHCS. Please refer to the attached 6.30.21 Notice sent out by State President Gonzales for more information and updates. We’re aware that the letters did not mention BU17, which SRN IIs are associated with, and are looking into the matter. Please be patient as we await the signed budget and more information.
On June 11, CCSO held a town hall meeting at CCC to speak with members and discuss the impending closure. Our subject matter experts in attendance were State Board Member, Sgt. Sabrina Harris, Labor Manager Gil Valenzuela, and Consultant Kim Valenzuela. Sabrina is the ATM Sergeant at DVI, and is also, unfortunately, going through a closure. She shared her experiences and was able to assist with Q&A regarding the process as well as the emotional experience. Gil works closely with CDCR’s Office of Labor Relations and is able to convey concerns as well as get issues handled quickly. He has been a huge help to DVI’s members regarding the placement process and ensures the policies are appropriately followed. Kim is a former IPO and was able to answer many personnel questions, especially for non-custody staff. We understand this is a very difficult time and will be with you throughout the process. We plan to host more town hall and zoom meetings once more information is disseminated from CDCR.
Meet and Confers
CCSO attended a meet and confer regarding the Body-Worn Cameras. They will soon be implemented at CIW, COR, KVSP, LAC, and SATF and we understand that several prions have started the training. At the meet and confer we addressed concerns and asked for clarification on a few issues that have come out of RJD regarding the triggering events and the process of pulling footage. As your institutions begin to meet on this locally, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have several CCSO staff and chapter presidents that can come to your prison and assist you.
Seniority Assignment Process
CCSO recently met to discuss the various changes to the Seniority Assignments process for DAI Lieutenants and Sergeants. We also recently sent out the updated procedure for your information. The team at the table did an excellent job in pointing out our valid concerns. The team left the meeting hopeful, but unfortunately, the results were not in our favor. At the end of the day, DAI has full control over this process. We met with Director Gipson on July 1 to discuss our position and are hopeful we can find some amenable solutions.
Odd-Numbered Local Board Election Results
Click below to view the odd-numbered chapter election results. We appreciate everyone who participated in the vote. Unfortunately, voter turnout was at 15% or lower. CCSO is looking at other options to increase membership voting participation. Congratulations to all the newly appointed chapter presidents and board members and we look forward to working with you for the next 4 years.
2021 ODD CHAPTER ELECTION results of Chapter President and Vice President
CCSO Annual Supervisor TimeBank Donations
CCSO has reached an agreement with CDCR to start an annual supervisors’ time bank (STB). Starting in August, regional representatives, recruiters, and state board members will be touring and collecting STB hours that will be deducted annually, each January, from your leave balance. If you wish to donate hours annually, you may complete a form noting your request. Why is this so important? STB hours allow board members, chapter presidents, and members to attend conferences, meet and confers board meetings, and many other important events. As an organization spanning 30 years of existence, we should have a substantial amount of STB, but unfortunately, we don’t. These hours are crucial to our success and if everyone pitches in a few hours, our time bank will expand exponentially. Please help us by completing an annual donation form. Thank you.
Chapter Presidents’ Workshop
CCSO is excited to return to business as usual. Our Chapter Presidents’ Workshop is scheduled for October and we will be inviting each chapter president and vice president, or designee, to attend. The workshop will feature guest speakers as well as small breakout rooms for training.
Training will be conducted on the following topics:
Social media “The dos and don’ts”
SOQ Understanding the statement of qualifications”
AIMS “Know your rights”
Techniques for managing stress
How to be an effective chapter president
Prison closures and how they affect everyone
Tie me up – the reasons behind professional attire
CCSO Institution Visits
CCSO representatives may be at your institution this month. They will be touring the institution and speaking with members and prospective members. Please contact your Chapter President if you wish to visit with them or have any questions or concerns to discuss. We are scheduled to visit the following institutions and will provide notice of all upcoming visits as soon as they are scheduled.
- July 7, 2021: California Institution for Men
- July 15, 2021: California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran