The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 17, 2010
View CCPOA's November union paid leave totals

Thumbnail image for calculator.jpgCCPOA has paid $81,000 on its union paid leave bill, according to Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Paul Verke.

The union handed over the check on Thursday after we wrote about its $4 million tab for union leave pay that goes back to 2005. The payment represents about 2 percent of what the union owes the state for wages and benefits paid to state workers who took leave to work for the union. The tab goes back to 2005.

Corrections and the Department of Personnel Administration sent CCPOA a letter last week outlining two reimbursement options for its November union paid leave bill for six members: Stephen Walker, Donald Baumann, Lance Corcoran, James Martin, Leonard McLeod and Perry Speth.

The state proposes that if the six employees turn in timesheets -- something the union has balked at in the past -- CCPOA would reimburse their salary plus 36 percent of their total compensation to cover benefits. No timesheets, and the rate would jump up to 49 percent.

CCPOA didn't return a call seeking comment, but our guess is that the union will contest how furlough hours figure into the equation. CDCR's calculations don't include a 14 percent furlough discount on base pay.

As we recounted in last Thursday's State Worker column CDCR had threatened to sue the union and to cut off pay to CCPOA members currently on union paid leave if it doesn't come up with half the cash by the end of this month and pay its October invoice in full.

Click here for the state's November UPL calculations for CCPOA and a letter explaining Correction's position.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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