The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 23, 2010
Column Extra: More about CDCR layoffs

With just 400 to 450 words for our Thursday State Worker column, much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing it never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes and the observations that don't make the cut.

Our column in today's fiber/cyber Bee notes that at least 75 Corrections and Rehabilitation employees have received layoff warning notices. It's not clear how many of them are in positions that will be cut when the layoffs take effect on April 18, 2011.

A Dec. 13 letter from the Department of Personnel Administration to SEIU Local 1000 and the CDCR layoff plan we've seen show that most of the surplus jobs are held by education staff, clerical staff, custodians and cooks. The bargaining units impacted: 1, 3, 4, 15 and 20. "These staffing reductions are necessary due to employees being placed (from previous layoff plans) into non-existent positions," DPA said in its notification of the CDCR reductions to Local 1000.

Here's a list of CDCR institutions affected and the number of employees at each who are on the layoff list:

California Institution for Women - 6
California State Prison Pleasant Valley - 2
CDCR Administration - 2
California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, Corcoran - 3
California Institution for Men - 13
California State Prison Corcoran - 2
California State Prison Ironwood - 1
California State Prison Chuckawalla Valley - 1
Northern California Youth Center - 3
Central California Womens Facility - 9
Valley State Prison for Women - 7
Southern Reception Center - 6
Youth Training School - 1
O.H. Close School - 5
Chaderjian School - 6
California State Prison Calipatria - 2
California State Prison Centinela - 1
California State Prison San Quentin - 1
Preston School of Industry - 3
California State Prison Avenal - 1

We also have heard from two department sources that a total 208 workers, including the folks above, have received layoff notices. We couldn't get that confirmed by the department's press office yesterday afternoon. They're checking.

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