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CAPT-ASH wins health and safety grievance involving failing PDAS

10.1 Grievance Granted at Department Level

The CAPT representatives at Atascadero successfully filed a grievance brought about after the PDAS (Personal Duress Alarm System) failed not once but twice in a health and safety incident requiring backup assistance. During the incident, a CAPT member activated their PDAS with no resulting overhead announcement. Consequently, another attempt was made on another staff person’s PDAS, resulting in no overhead announcement. Finally, an overhead announcement was triggered after the third attempt on another device. The functionality of the PDAS, which is to keep employees safe from immediate threats, failed miserably. The people involved are fortunate to have not sustained any resulting harm or injury. Download flier. 

Vaccine Mandate -- Corrections

CAPT representatives met yesterday with CDCR/CCHCS representatives to discuss the implementation and impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on BU 18 CDCR employees. The CAPT reps present at yesterday’s meeting were chapter presidents Toni King and Walter Lewis, CAPT State President Eric Soto, CAPT Consultant Ann Lyles, and CAPT Attorney Sean Bedrosian.

To begin, and as already reported, BU 18 employees working for CDCR must be fully vaccinated by October 14. The vaccine mandate was ordered on August 19 by the California Department of Public Health as a public health measure to prevent further infection, subsequent transmission, and outbreaks among vulnerable populations.

The locations and posts identified by the vaccine mandate order include all BU 18 staff. Download flier.

Vaccine Mandate -- DDS

CAPT representatives met today with the Department of Developmental Services to discuss the implementation and impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on BU 18 DDS employees. The CAPT reps present at today’s meeting were chapter presidents Randy Tyer and Donald Cofer, Porterville Vice President Mike Simental, CAPT State President Eric Soto, and CAPT Consultant Ann Lyles.

To begin, and as already reported, BU 18 employees working for DDS must be fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021. The vaccine mandate was ordered on August 5 by the California Department of Public Health as a public health measure to prevent further infection, subsequent transmission, and outbreaks among vulnerable populations. Download flier.

Vaccine Mandate -- DSH

CAPT representatives met yesterday with Department of State Hospital representatives to discuss the implementation and impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on BU 18 DSH employees. The CAPT reps present at yesterday’s meeting were chapter presidents Paul Hannula, Jaime Garcia, Chuck Garcia, Chris Cullen, and Sylvia Hernandez, CAPT State President Eric Soto, CAPT consultant Ann Lyles and CAPT Attorney Sean Bedrosian.

To begin, and as already reported, BU 18 employees working for DSH must be fully vaccinated by September 30. The vaccine mandate was ordered on August 5 by the California Department of Public Health as a public health measure to prevent further infection, subsequent transmission, and outbreaks among vulnerable populations.

Under the authority of the CDPH order, the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, section 5199 (Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard), and California Health and Safety Code, section 1288.7, the department established operational procedures for the internal and external vaccination of its employees, and for mandate exemptions.

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CAPT confirms PIP positions already filled are safe

Vacant positions will be converted 

A team of CAPT representatives met yesterday, September 1, with CDCR/CCHCS representatives to discuss the Budget Change Proposal, adopted in SB 129, that eliminates our Psych Tech vacant positions inside the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Psychiatric Inpatient Programs. Present at the meeting were CAPT chapter presidents Toni King, Kim Souza, and Walter Lewis and State President Eric Soto, and CAPT consultants Ann Lyles and Coby Pizzotti. Download flier