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Updates and Progress From the March CDCR Meeting

Posted: 4/21/2015 Tags: policy prison rights Tags Views: 1387

Posted: 4/21/2015

CDCR and ACSS meet on a quarterly basis to discuss various workplace issues. At the last quarterly meeting held in late March 2015, the following topics were reviewed:

Upward Mobility:
ACSS has been working with concerned CDCR members in efforts to preserve upward mobility opportunities. We have have made strides towards consolidating classifications so that promotion opportunities remain intact and are not abolished. This reevaluation of classifications ties in with the Administration’s Classification Improvement Project.

Administrative Officer Duty:
On behalf of ACSS members, we raised concerns for pay equity amongst all of the CDCR classifications that perform Administrative Officer of the Day Duty (AOD) duty as per the Department Operations Manual (DOM). ACSS shared with CDCR some general information from a recent survey of members who perform AOD, which provided solid reasoning for the members’ concerns. CDCR will take closer look at “managerial” levels or ranks in comparable classifications, and not necessarily salary levels, to resolve this issue.


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CDCR sending Wave 5 seniority notices

Posted: 4/25/2014 Tags: layoff prison salary Tags Views: 1591

As the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prepares for Wave 5 of its layoff process, employees will begin receiving Seniority Score Verification letters.


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CCHCS surveying all medical care staff

Posted: 2/19/2014 Tags: health prison Tags Views: 1428

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has announced that they will be conducting a "Patient Safety Culture Survey" of all medical care staff, including mental health and dental care.

Per CCHCS, the survey should run through March 7, 2014.

If you have any concerns regarding this survey, please direct them to ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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CDCR accidentally exposes employee info

Posted: 1/6/2014 Tags: prison salary Tags Views: 1359

A recent error by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has resulted in "numerous" employees' personal information being exposed.

Per a memo from CDCR Deputy Director of Human Resources Andrea Rohmann, the security breach resulted when "amended W-2s were mailed in windowed envelopes exposing the employees [sic] social security numbers."

If you were impacted by this security issue, please contact CDCR Staff Services Manager II at (916) 324-8039 or at emily.bither@cdcr.ca.gov

If CDCR is unable to resolve your issue, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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You can help fix SRN scheduling

Posted: 8/28/2013 Tags: health membership prison Tags Views: 1260

In order to address several pressing issues reported by our members, your ACSS has implemented quarterly meetings with California Correctional Health Care Service (CCHCS). 

The first meeting will most likely be set for the second or third week of September and will primarily address issues with Supervising Registered Nurse (SRN) scheduling, including:

  • SRN not being able to get days off
  • Issues with vacation time due to poor scheduling
  • Preferential treatment in shift assignments
  • Having to cover additional shifts  

If you have encountered issues with SRN scheduling at your institution, please forward the specifics immediately to ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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Brown appoints ACSS leader to protect consumers

Posted: 1/11/2013 Tags: governor prison Tags Views: 1313

ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino was recently appointed by Gov. Brown to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Ruffino, the Community Partnership Manager at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, has been an activist and leader with ACSS since promoting in 1988.

"Right after I promoted, I went to an ACSS board meeting," said Ruffino.

"I saw the value ACSS provides to every state supervisor and manager, and I've been involved ever since."

Ruffino will join six other peers on the statewide board, the mission of which is to protect consumers from fraudulent chiropractic practitioners.

"In the simplest terms, I'm a consumer advocate," said Ruffino.

"I will make sure the public interest is put above the private interest."


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FAQs about CDCR's Cell Phone Blocker

Posted: 9/27/2012 Tags: prison Tags Views: 1680

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) plans to implement a Managed Access System (MAS) at Avenal State Prison on or about October 1, 2012. According to CDCR, an MAS is "a system which deploys a secure cellular umbrella over a specified area generally within the bounds of a facility, to either permit or interfere with transmissions from mobile wireless devices."

The MAS test phase at ASP will run from approximately October 1st through October 15th. At the end of the test phase, ASP will go live with MAS. CDCR eventually will be implementing the MAS at all institutions statewide.

On September 25, 2012, ACSS conducted a meet and confer with CDCR Labor Relations staff and MAS subject matter experts to ensure that your career will remain productive and protected.

Click through to read more about the MAS and how it will be implemented.


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10th Delegate Assembly wraps up

Posted: 7/23/2012 Tags: legislature membership prison salary Tags Views: 1409


ACSS Chapter Officers being sworn in at Delegate Assembly 2012.

The 10th ACSS Delegate Assembly took place July 20-22.

Delegates representing thousands of ACSS members from every corner of the state convened to adjust the ACSS bylaws to better serve you and to elect a new compliment of directors and officers to serve the organization for the next three years.

Take a moment to read President Espinoza's report on the activities or get to know your new 2013-2015 Board of Directors, composed of state supervisors and managers from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Deptarment of Corrections, State Compensation Fund, Department of Finance, and more.


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CDCR Alert: Meet and Confers

Posted: 7/6/2012 Tags: court health layoff prison rights salary Tags Views: 1413

As the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) moves forward with a drastic reform of California's penal system, the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) is meeting with CDCR to protect the rights of state excluded employees.

According to CDCR, the plan blueprint - titled The Future of California Corrections - will "cut billions in spending, comply with multiple federal court orders for inmate medical, mental health and dental care, and significantly improve the operation of California's prison system."

In July and August ACSS will meet and confer with CDCR and CalHR over changes to the working conditions of excluded employees.

Read more about what ACSS will discuss, and how you can help, after the jump.


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Gov's budget cuts another 3,000 positions

Posted: 1/6/2012 Tags: budget election governor layoff prison Tags Views: 1426

Gov. Brown's 2012-2013 budget was released this week, and it includes several cuts that will directly impact state employees, first among them the elimination of another 3,000 state employee positions on top of the 15,000 positions cut in the 2011-2012 budget.

At a press conference covering the budget release, Director of Finance Ana Matosantos stated that "many" of the 3,000 positions to be cut will be within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and that the "goal is to redirect employees to facilities that have vacancies and minimize layoffs to the extent possible." According to the budget, CDCR's budget will be cut by $1.1 billion, or 18%. Read more after the jump.


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