Monday, December 5, 2016

Uniform Allowance

Many Riders are reporting in that they have received their uniform allowance this month. It was good to see the bump up this year!  Maybe this time I can actually buy a couple uniforms.

Many pay check Sharks went exempt in December to see the entire amount!!  I know there will be many to complain but Sitnbull is grateful for the increase in uniform allowance.

Have a safe 8

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A rider asked about our Pay

II. Compensation
General Salary Increase (GSI)

• Effective the first day of the pay period following ratification by the Legislature and the membership, all Unit 6 represented classifications shall receive a 3 percent (3%) GSI.

• Effective July 1, 2017, all Unit 6 represented classifications shall receive a 3 percent (3%) GSI.

• Effective July 1, 2018, all Unit 6 represented classifications shall receive a 3 percent (3%) GSI.

Prefunding of Other Post-Employment Benefits

Beginning July 1, 2016, the state and Bargaining Unit 6 members will prefund retiree healthcare with the goal of reaching 50 percent cost sharing of actuarially determined total normal cost for employer and employees by July 1, 2018. The state and employees will each make the following contributions:

1. Effective July 1, 2016, 1.3 percent of pensionable compensation.
2. Effective July 1, 2017, an additional 1.3 percent for a total of 2.6 percent of pensionable compensation.
3. Effective July 1, 2018, an additional 1.4 percent for a total of 4.0 percent of pensionable compensation.

Senior Peace Officer Pay Differential

·        Effective July 1, 2016, increases each step of the Senior Peace Officer Pay Differential  by 1 percent (1%).

Uniform Allowance

·        Increases the annual uniform allowance from $530 to $950 for full time employees, excluding Medical Technical Assistants (MTA).

There are many many Riders who can break this down much better than Sitnbull, but I pulled these numbers directly from the CCPOA site.  Riders if you got a better break down "show me the money".

Have a Safe 8

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CDCR discrimination lawsuit

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) found itself on the wrong side of the courtroom for alleged discrimination against a pregnant corrections officer. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit Nov. 2 in SLO County Superior Court on behalf of the officer, identified as Amanda Van Fleet, claiming that the CDCR failed to properly accommodate her medical condition while she was pregnant and working at the California Men’s Colony (CMC). According to the lawsuit Van Fleet, who worked as a correctional officer for more than five years, became pregnant in early 2016. Her doctor recommended that she be assigned to a post in CMC that would allow her to sit and have access to a bathroom. In response, the CDCR suggested that she resign her position as a peace officer and accept a demotion and reassignment to a civil service position. The only other option the department offered Van Fleet, according to the suit, was to continue working at CMC with no accommodations, as she agreed to assume liability for any injury she might incur. Van Fleet later learned that a position in the control room, which has chairs and a bathroom, was available. She applied for a transfer, but it was denied. She was forced to take unpaid leave, the lawsuit stated. “After using all accumulated leave, she received no further salary from CDCR,” the lawsuit stated. “CDCR refused and continues to refuse to assign her to the control room or to provide any other … form of reasonable accommodation.” Van Fleet filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in May. The suit charges the department with discrimination and retaliation based on gender and pregnancy and is seeking to enforce California law that ensures a discrimination-free environment for all workers. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is also asking the court to order CDCR to pay Van Fleet for her loss of income and benefits, as well as for emotional pain and suffering. As of Nov. 16, the CDCR had not filed a response. Lt. Monica Ayon, a spokesperson for CMC, could not comment on the lawsuit.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CDCR Trumps Shirt

VACAVILLE -- A state prison librarian says he was sent home from his job at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville Tuesday because he wore a Donald Trump t-shirt to work. "They just told me I gotta go. I didn't say anything. I don't want to create a conflict. I mean, I feel some sort of free speech violation was made but, that's not something to argue over," Leo Sanchez said.
The t-shirt read "Trump is my President." Sanchez said after he was sent home to change, he realized that he felt like he didn't do anything wrong. "I'm a librarian. I believe in a free and open exchange of ideas. I believe in freedom of speech," Sanchez said. Sanchez said that was why he was not bothered by hearing his co-workers talking about President elect Trump in a negative way. He claimed he had witnessed his co-workers wearing Hilary Clinton t-shirts to work in the past, so he felt like he was being singled out and censored. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation responded to FOX40 in writing. Press Secretary Vicky Waters said, "An employee's political views have no place in a prison setting. Decision to restrict such displays is reasonable, consistent with policy, and protection of institutional security." The CDCR also referred FOX40 to the state's Human Resources website, which answers questions about political activities in the workplace. In regard to state employees wearing political t-shirts to work, the website reads: "Yes. State employees may wear campaign buttons or political message t-shirts, provided that employees do not have direct contact with the public or clientele they manage or serve (for example, inmates in a prison setting or patients in a hospital setting)." Sanchez said he thought he was disciplined for more than just the t-shirt. He said that on Monday, he put an article comparing Clinton and Trump in some of his co-workers mailboxes. "I put it in some of the teachers mailboxes and obviously they got really pissed off about it," Sanchez said. CDCR said they could not comment on the specifics that Sanchez mentioned because ultimately, it was a personnel issue that was under investigation. At the end of the day, Sanchez changed into a different t-shirt and went back to work. That spare t-shirt was a 1996 Summer Olympics promotional t-shirt featuring an American flag and Bugs Bunny holding a torch. "Hopefully this doesn't offend anyone," Sanchez said.

Monday, October 17, 2016

CIM video dorks

Good job CIM staff for not biting! These Bozo's were looking to get a rise out of staff.

Friday, October 14, 2016

CIW Warden Garcia

CHINO >> A former California Institution for Women warden can face trial for allegedly failing to stop a guard from sexual abusing female inmates — which in one case resulted in an inmate’s pregnancy, an appellate court ruled this week.
The trial was set to begin in April 2014 when the former warden, Guillermo Garcia, appealed in March 2014, saying “he should be immune from liability and dismissed from the case,” according to a news release by Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys at Law. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal Wednesday.

Garcia “knew or should have known about the sexual misconduct and retaliation” perpetrated by one of his guards, the original lawsuit alleges. Instead, the warden “failed to prevent further harm to plaintiffs.”
Justice First represents plaintiffs Jossie Ramos and Melissa Ortiz, who were incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in 2010 when Garcia was warden.
“Mr. Garcia ignored several reports from a prison lieutenant that former Corrections Officer Gary Swatzell was engaging in sexual misconduct with several inmates,” the lawyers said in a news release. In addition, it states Garcia didn’t report Swatzell’s alleged sexual misconduct to the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and he ignored the lieutenant’s complaint that Swatzell physically assaulted her in retaliation for reporting his sexual misconduct.

According to the original complaint, Ramos and Ortiz were subjected to ongoing sexual abuse by Swatzell, who allegedly abused his authority by making threats and bribes in exchange for sexual contact with inmates.
Ramos and Ortiz, the complaint continues, “were repeatedly coerced into engaging in sexual acts with Swatzell without their lawful consent. Ramos was impregnated by Swatzell and delivered a child who she is now unable to care for and raise.”
The child is now 5 years old, the news release states.

The case is expected to go to trial in 2017, the news release states.
In addition to Garcia and Swatzell, the complaint names as defendants corrections officers Jason Horigan, Ricardo Llamas, Sgt. Luis Flores, and Lt. Peggy Maldonado, as well as Matthew Cate, secretary of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The state Attorney General’s Office is representing the defendants. A representative could not be reached for comment.