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Outreach, July/August 2016

The July/August Outreach is available online. Download here.

Contract negotiations stalled

After 24 grueling bargaining sessions, CAPT’s attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract came to a crashing halt shortly before midnight on Aug. 23 over critical non-economic issues, including overtime, swaps and vacation. Without having these items in place, your CAPT bargaining team could not in good faith agree to a contract that it did not feel our membership deserved. Provided below are the state’s unacceptable proposals on these issues: Download flier.

CAPT lifts red-tag sanction at MSH

Metro’s two-year battle against out-of-control mandates and other blatant contract violations has finally paid off. The mandatory overtime (MOT) levels at DSH-Metropolitan have dropped significantly, 57 percent from 2015 to 2016. Consequently, at its August meeting, CAPT’s Board of Directors, voted to lift the ‘red-tag’ sanction, issued in May 2014. Besides the reduction in MOT, there has also been a 50 percent reduction in one-to-ones, a 60 percent reduction in sick hours and a 75 percent reduction in lost work due to staff injuries. Download flier.

No mandatory overtime bill moves to governor’s desk

A bill sponsored by CAPT to improve the health and safety of patients and staff by prohibiting the state from mandating Psychiatric Technicians from working overtime except in certain emergency circumstances cleared its final legislative hurdle when the State Assembly on Aug. 18 approved the measure on a vote of 54-19. The State Senate approved SB 780 by Sen. Mendoza back on June 1 on a vote of 22-11. SB 780 now sits on the governor’s desk where the bill must either be approved or vetoed before the Sept. 30 deadline. If signed into law by Gov. Brown, the bill will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Two years ago, Gov. Brown vetoed similar legislation, saying the issue was a matter best left to the collective bargaining process.

CAPT prepares legal action against Patton for wrongful terminations

The CAPT Patton Chapter wants its members to know that the union is taking aggressive legal action at several levels to fight the onslaught of adverse actions taken against our coworkers. Download flier.