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Results are in for CAPT Chapter Elections

Every two years, CAPT members hold chapter elections to determine who their officers will be. This year elections were held for nine chapters – Atascadero, Coalinga, Community Facilities, Northern Corrections, Southern Corrections, Napa, Patton, Porterville and Stockton. No other elections were held because either the current officers ran unopposed or there was no opposition to a new candidate. Officers officially took office as of 5 p.m. on May 19. The following is a list of all chapter officers for the current term of office – through mid-May, 2018. State officer elections will be held at the CAPT Annual Meeting in September. Results will be posted on the CAPTwebsite following the meeting and will be published in OutreachDownload flier.

Professional Development Days

Use ‘em or lose ‘em

Remember that as a state Bargaining Unit 18 member, you are entitled to receive two Professional Development Days before July 1, 2016! With PDDs, the state provides “two days per fiscal year (without loss of compensation) for activities such as professional association activities, professional and/or personal development seminars, etc., to promote professional and/or personal growth and to enhance...goals.” PDDs are requested and approved in the same manner as vacation or annual leave, but they can’t be accumulated: They must be used in the same fiscal year in which they’re granted. So if you haven’t utilized yours already, don’t forget those PDDs! For more information on Professional Development Days and their usage, contact your chapter office. Download flier.

Professional Development Days

Use ‘em or lose ‘em

Remember that as a state Bargaining Unit 18 member, you are entitled to receive two Professional Development Days before July 1, 2016! With PDDs, the state provides “two days per fiscal year (without loss of compensation) for activities such as professional association activities, professional and/or personal development seminars, etc., to promote professional and/or personal growth and to enhance...goals.” PDDs are requested and approved in the same manner as vacation or annual leave, but they can’t be accumulated: They must be used in the same fiscal year in which they’re granted. So if you haven’t utilized yours already, don’t forget those PDDs! For more information on Professional Development Days and their usage, contact your chapter office. Download flier.

CAPT wins vacation-bid grievance

CAPT is happy to report a recent win on our vacation bidding rights at CSP- Corcoran. The issue began last October after Corcoran failed to provide enough slots on the 2016 vacation calendar for all BU 18 members to bid for and receive their full 32 days of vacation. A clear contract violation, Southern Corrections Chapter President Josette Manning worked with Juan Alvarado, the local chief steward, to resolve the issue. Management resisted CAPT’s attempts to resolve the issue informally, forcing CAPT advocates to initiate a formal grievance. With the assistance of CAPT Consultant Ann Lyles, the matter was elevated to the department level and ultimately submitted for expedited arbitration on March 29, 2016. CAPT attached all supporting documentation to the expedited arbitration, including a copy of an expedited arbitration generated from CMC on the same issue that CAPT won back in 2009. Download flier

National Nurses Week, May 6-12

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. National Nurses Week was first observed from October 11–16, 1954, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea, where, during the war, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British-based hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.

CAPT celebrates and honors the individuals who have dedicated their lives to the Psychiatric Technician profession, a principled profession characterized by compassion, commitment, respect and dignity. Society owes a debt of gratitude to Psychiatric Technicians for their unique role in the health care industry, providing enhanced care, treatment and quality of life to individuals suffering with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Your work is worthy of special recognition and we are grateful for you heart of compassion, service and commitment. Download flier.