Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Officer Injured at the Range Corcoran

A correctional officer is recovering after a mishap on the grounds of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison at Corcoran.

The accident reportedly happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning during training at the weapons range on the grounds of the prison. The victim was reportedly conducting target practice with a rifle when it malfunctioned, and the correctional officer was injured.

"When that pressure was expelled through the magazine, it struck the officer in the hand -- minor injury," said Erick Smith, Correctional Lieutenant.


The correctional officer was treated at the scene. He is an employee of the "California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility" located on the prison grounds. The rifle was sent off for inspection.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Suicide death at CIW

Erika Rocha was 35 years old and one day away from her Youth Parole Hearing when she committed suicide on April 14, 2016 at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona. Since her death, the suicide crisis at CIW has only worsened. Erika was 14 years old when she was charged as an adult. At the time of her death, she was serving her 21st year of incarceration. She suffered from deplorable treatment for mental health issues attributable to her incarceration as a youth, including at least four indefinite terms of 2-3 years each in solitary confinement.

We are devastated by Erika's death and hold CDCR and CIW responsible. We are also greatly concerned about the escalating suicide crisis at CIW. Another suicide was reported to us this week and at least 22 more people were transferred to suicide watch. The suicide watch unit is overcrowded and CIW is placing people on “overflow” in the SHU. Given extensive documentation of the harmful impacts of solitary confinement on mental health, CIW’s decision to place people in crisis in solitary shows a continued failure to prevent deaths. Suicide watch is yet another form of solitary confinement where people in crisis are isolated and routinely denied access to available support. While on suicide watch, Erika was denied legal visit access to CCWP two weeks before her death.

In 2015, the suicide rate at the California Institution for Women (CIW) was more than eight times the national rate for people in women’s prisons and more than five times the rate for all California prisons. In 2016, a court-ordered suicide prevention audit concluded that CIW “continued to be a problematic institution that exhibited numerous poor practices in the area of suicide prevention.”

Please join us in asking the California Governor & the Senate Rules Committee to demand a full investigation into the ongoing failure of CIW and CDCR to prevent these tragic and untimely deaths.


Friday, April 22, 2016

This happening way to much lately

Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent one employee to the hospital.
At 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, correctional officers were conducting a clothed body search of inmate Tavis Thompson on the main exercise yard. One officer felt an item in Thompson’s sock, and asked him to identify the item. Thompson suddenly turned toward the officer and punched him in the face.
Support staff used physical force to bring Thompson to the ground. He landed on top of the officer and continued the attack. Two support officers subdued Thompson and placed him in handcuffs. Responding staff discovered an inmate-manufactured stabbing weapon hidden inside Thompson’s sock.
The officer was examined by SAC medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment of contusions, abrasions, redness and swelling to his head and face. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Two responding officers reported minor injuries. Inmate Thompson was uninjured.
Thompson was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on June 30, 2004 from Imperial County to serve a 55-years-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole for assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Riders Perspective

A Riders Perspective

The things I hate about my job...... I do deal with the Napoleonic issues of supervisors of a shorter stature, the cliquish High School issues working in a large organization, the rumor mongering, piss poor policies/directives, selfishness/look at what I did, but the worst thing I hate about my job is having bodily fluids and fecal matter thrown in my face, getting punched in the face, seeing my partners carried out on stretchers after being stabbed.
That the national average of PTSD suffers for my profession is over 28%, that we on average only 2 years into retirement or our 58th birthday is our last birthday for my profession.
The best part of my job is when we all go home safe or when a criminal is going home after 30+ years of being incarcerated walks up to me on the day of his parole and thanks me for having said something I don't even remember saying to him that he states clicked in his brain and promises me that I will never see him again.
That my job provides me with the ability to take care of me and mine. Once you put the whole in perspective, risk vs. reward, how much fun you had doing it and did you do all of it well and walk with pride that you have done all the best you can....... Ignore the petty crap and enjoy that you did the best you could with what you were given. Remember it could always be worse......

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SacBee Spin on the MOU

The latest tentative labor agreement with California’s correctional officers proves that there’s more than one way to boost employee compensation without calling it a “raise.”
While the new contract proposal for the 29,000 members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association contains modest salary bumps, other provisions put more money in their pockets now and later by changing everything from fitness pay rules to making some paid leave count toward the threshold for overtime.
Salaries for union members last year totaled about $2.1 billion, not including another $350 million for overtime, leave cashouts and other special payments, according to data from the State Controller’s Office.
An analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office figures that, if approved, the contract would incrementally add annual costs that top out at $588 million in fiscal 2018-19.
About half that sum, $316.8 million, would come from raises. The pay increases are spread over three years, for a cumulative raise of 9.3 percent.
Meanwhile, the members would begin contributing to a retiree benefits trust fund. Those contributions would increase incrementally to 4 percent of pay beginning in 2018-19. The state would match payments into the fund.
Add the raises, take out the retiree health contributions and the officers get a net 5.3 percent raise at the end of the deal.
But other provisions add cash and enhanced benefits to the agreement more subtly, the analyst noted.


Current law prohibits any form of paid leave from consideration as time worked for the purpose of figuring overtime or compensating time off for overtime. For example, a paid sick day can’t be figured into the 40 hours beyond which an employee receives time-and-a-half for working.
The new deal with CCPOA allows “time off from work for jury leave, military training leave, and subpoenaed witness leave to count as ‘time worked’ for purposes of calculating overtime pay in a week,” the analyst’s report states.
Under the current rules, correctional officers received $340 million in overtime – an average $12,000 per employee – in 2015.
The new agreement would up that cost, the analysis states: “We think it is reasonable to assume that the scheduled pay increases will increase overtime costs for (correctional officers) by tens of millions of dollars – likely exceeding $30 million each year by the end of the agreement.”
$2.1 billion
Base wages paid to CCPOA members in calendar 2015.

Fitness pay

The state’s “physical fitness incentive pay,” currently $65 or $130 per month depending on seniority, does not currently count toward pension calculations. The new contract agreement would give all the union’s members $130 per month and count it as base pay. The net effect, the analyst notes, is that the $1,560 per year would count toward retirement and would increase with any future negotiated percentage increases to base pay.
(Worth noting: Correctional officers receive the pay regardless of their physical condition. To receive the money, they must only submit to a yearly physical examination. The reason, union and state officials have said, is that employees were injuring themselves during the physical-fitness assessments and going on disability.)

Clothing cash

The proposed contract boosts the uniform allowance for correctional officers from $530 per year to $950. The money is not considered pensionable, however.

Vision and dental benefits

CCPOA members receive their vision, life and dental coverage from a member-controlled trust fund instead of through the state. Currently, the state pays $5 million per year into the fund. The new agreement incrementally hikes the state’s contribution to $19 million in 2017-18.

Seniority and retention pay

Employees with enough time on the job receive a pay differential of 1 percent to 8 percent based on their years of service. The new contract increases the scale to 2 percent to 9 percent. The differential counts toward retirement calculations.
The state also pays a $175 monthly housing stipend for officers working at certain facilities and $2,400 annual recruitment/retention bonuses for those working at certain prisons. The new agreement increases those payments to $200 and $2,600 respectively and expands the facilities where employees would be eligible.
Contract ratification ballots have been sent to members and must be returned for counting by May 6. Expect the rank and file to overwhelmingly approve the deal.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article71182597.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, April 8, 2016

MOU Pay Scale?

This was sent to me by a Rider, not sure how accurate it is but you can use it as you wish!  I know a lot of our partners who are Finance/Econ. Majors, think they have all the answers!! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Highlights from CCPOA State Board

People have been asking if there will be Retro pay for the Pay Increase Per the new Contract and the answer is NO!  Upon Ratification of the Contract is when the Pay Increase will kick in.

Although People are only seeing a 5% Pay increase instead of the full 9%, understand that the total to your PERS Retirement will increase by a little more than 12%.
9% raise, 1% longevity, and the physical fitness pay equals out to about 2%, because now it is added into your pay.

The Fare share case was kicked back from the Supreme Court as the vote was 4-4. So looks like people will have to pay at least there fair share dues.

Contract now states in preamble, when there is a conflict between contract and DOM that the contract will SUPERSEDE..

Health and Dental benefits for new employees coming on or after JAN 1, 2017 will not be fully vested until 25 years.

Sick call for the "Super Bowl" now equals substantiation?

If Post and bid is taken away for adverse action, it will only go up for conditional bid until all remedies have been exhausted.

Language regarding overtime and or holdovers will be subjected to calendar month, no longer pay period..

There will be a hot line for contract questions 916-340-3682 ext 272 starting tomorrow morning.

State Board unanimously approved the proposed MOU this afternoon.

Next step: MOU must be ratified by the Legislature and the union membership.
Ballots will be mailed to all member's home address this Friday and are due back by May 6th.
Ballots will be counted by an independent accounting firm.