Published Date: 2021-06-07
‘Red Tag’ on CMC remains active
The California Men’s Colony, red-tagged by the CAPT Board of Directors in 2019, has done nothing to alleviate its status. Workplace problems continue to emerge, mount, and stagnate without resolution. In other words, the red-tag sanction at CMC remains active, and consideration to remove, denied. The sanction stands to warn potential employees about the facility’s egregious labor practices.
Originally issued over the unilateral decision to cut from existence the successful self-scheduling pilot, the red-tag at CMC remains in place as CAPT members struggle for professional recognition, dignity, and respect. The blatant disrespect of Psych Techs by management is displayed in how they ignore our concerns, show favoritism toward other disciplines, and neglect our staffing needs.
Management has not taken basic, simple measures to protect us from being sexually harassed, verbally abused, and exposed by inmates while doing our jobs. PTs working the clinic window continue to be subjected to sexual harassment from inmates peering at them from the yard. The window faces the yard, giving the inmates ample opportunity to harass and sexually expose themselves to the PTs working the clinic. The clinic windows were approved for shades a year ago; yet, remain exposed. When PTs cover the windows with paper to shield themselves from inmate harassment, they are inexcusably written up by management.
Psych Techs at CMC are being treated by management as second-class citizens to their LVN counterparts. CMC management clearly prioritizes LVN staffing over PT staffing needs. Whenever PTs are short-staffed, they must work harder to compensate. Management neglects PT staffing needs while readily supplementing fully-staffed LVNs with our PTs. The staffing inequities between PTs and LVNs are blatant and disrespectful to our profession.
The lack of professional recognition received by management extends to the Master Assignment Roster review process. CMC management is supposed to provide the MAR to CAPT’s Post and Bid Coordinators for review and discussion. Management refuses this local review process between itself and our union, forcing union reps to go through CCHCS Labor in Sacramento to access the MAR for needed review and adjustments.
Lastly, CMC management refuses to accept or acknowledge its conversion of ten Mental Health Crisis Beds into a Psychiatric Inpatient Program. Instead, CMC calls the unit “acute” to avoid the staffing and care protocols for a PIP. These overworked PTs are trained in PIP policy and PIP teams. Still, they cannot practice their specialized training or deliver appropriate care to the patients so long as CMC refuses to recognize the unit as psychiatric.
Besides these issues, other workplace issues accumulate and mount without resolution, which have caused growing frustration among CAPT PTs, stewards, and representatives.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this red-tag or any other matter, please contact Southern Corrections Chapter President Walter Lewis at (760) 520-5159.
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