The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 28, 2011
Yikes! Time running out to take Professional Development Days

State workers, the clock is ticking for you to use or lose your Professional Development Days for the current fiscal year.

But since almost nothing is simple when it comes to California state government and human resources, there are some caveats. More about that in a moment.

Contracts negotiated first with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration and then with Gov. Jerry Brown allow two PDDs per fiscal year that must be used or lost. Simply put, If you're a state employee who hasn't taken your 16 hours of PDD leave by the end of Thursday -- with management approval -- the time vanishes. PDD can't be banked or cashed out.

Now for the fine print:

The contract negotiated with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association that took effect in May gives employees in Unit 6 no PDDs this year, according to this Department of Personnel Administration summary. Instead, they get credit for four PDDs on Jan. 1, 2012, "to coincide with the employees' annual leave bidding process."

That will make CCPOA members (and their affiliated managers and supervisors) even-steven with all other state employees whose contracts call for two PDDs in fiscal 2010-2011 and two more for fiscal 2011-2012, which starts Friday, July 1.

Employees represented by the other five unions with contracts that started April 1 can substitute PDD for leave taken after the contract's start date.

So someone who took five days off for, say, vacation, can substitute two of those with PDD and put the vacation time back in the bank. (The administration told departments to make the accommodation. It's not a provision in any of the contracts.)

Oh. And none of this applies to Units 5 and 8 -- Highway Patrol officers and firefighters -- because they don't get Professional Development Days.

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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


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