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May/June 2021 Outreach

The May/June 2021 Outreach is available online. Download here.

State Budget eliminates vacant PIP PT positions

CAPT saves positions already filled

The State Legislature and Governor Newsom have signed off on a 2021-2022 fiscal budget that, among other things, eliminates our Psych Tech vacant positions inside the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Psychiatric Inpatient Programs. As previously reported, CAPT discovered CDCR’s Budget Change Proposal in the Governor’s May Revise. The proposal was slipped into the May Revise without notifying legislative budget committee staff or impacted unions. The original BCP sought to eliminate 250 Psych Tech positions and replace them with Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants inside the PIPs at SVSP, CMF, CHCF-Stockton, CIW, and SQSP. Download flier.

CDCR implements automated meal allowance

Effective July 1, 2021

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has begun automating BU 18’s meal allowance, which, under Article 7.10 of our MOU, requires our employer to reimburse staff an $8.00 meal allowance whenever an employee works two or more hours beyond their regular shift. In our last contract negotiations, CAPT added language at 7.10 (D) that required CDCR, DSH, and DDS to implement an automated payment procedure that would do away with the processing of meal ticket reimbursements, an arduous task that to some employees was more trouble than it was worth. Download flier. 

Attention Stockton PIP

CAPT concludes Post and Bid Negotiations

Your CAPT representatives met yesterday with CHCF-Stockton management to negotiate the schedule change and our Post and Bid. CAPT is glad to report that the negotiations, which took a full day of bargaining, have concluded. Switching from a cycle schedule to set days off was a monumental endeavor; the task required creating a new Post and Bid from scratch. In the end, CAPT successfully achieved an equitable 70/30 split between watches, regular days off, and location. CAPT also secured our approved vacation days and Ad Hoc through the end of the year.

Provided below are the Post and Bid specifics, including shift times, format, and the tentative schedule for the Post and Bid. If you have any questions about the bid or the process, please reach out to your chapter president, Toni King, at 916-914-4818. Download flier.

CHCF delivers approved MAR to CAPT

The 2017 Lift and Shift directed the release and transfer to CDCR the Department of State Hospital programs operated inside prison facilities. The Lift and Shift of the psychiatric programs from DSH to CDCR gave CDCR complete control and responsibility for the psychiatric programs and personnel located at those prisons. Consequently, it was only a matter of time before CDCR/CCHCS would begin implementing its scheduling policy within the California Health Care Facility’s Psychiatric Inpatient Programs.

Last January of 2020, CDCR/CCHCS noticed CAPT of its intention to change the CHCF PIP schedule from the DSH rotating model to the CDCR set days off model. CAPT attended a preliminary meeting with CHCF to discuss the changes, but CHCF did not have an HQ-approved Master Assignment Roster to provide at the time. CAPT had to reschedule the meeting pending an approved MAR. The COVID-19 pandemic further delayed the issuance of an approved MAR. Download flier.