The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 12, 2010
CCPOA protesters to break camp today

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The band of dissident correctional officers and parole agents who set up a protest camp front of CCPOA's West Sacramento headquarters will pack up today.

Ian Pickett, the Kern Valley State Prison sergeant who organized the event to protest several recent moves by CCPOA's leadership and what the protesters charge is a lack of union transparency, wouldn't say whether the group will return next week.

"We want to keep them guessing," Pickett said this morning.

About 40 people, some from as far away as San Quentin, have visited the site since the protest started on Wednesday, he said, "and that's not counting the cops."

West Sacramento city police have come by the camp "a few times," Pickett said, but nothing happened. "They were really great, very professional -- and they wanted no part of this."

The protesters want the union's executive council to step down for reasons detailed in this post.

Lesley Price, a retired correctional officer who was at the camp this morning, predicted that "this movement's not going to stop. This is not some fly-by-night thing."

A message left with CCPOA seeking comment today wasn't immediately returned.

PHOTO: CCPOA members talk in front of the campsite they set up on Wednesday to highlight their anger at union leaders. Jon Ortiz / Sacramento Bee

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