The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 22, 2011
From the notebook: Parole staff got heads up about layoffs

notebook-thumb-216x184-9328.jpgWe never get all of what we learn into a news story, but this blog can give users the data, the notes and the quotes from the notebook that informed what was published.

Our story in today's Bee expands on the news The State Worker broke on Friday that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is issuing 26,000 layoff warnings -- the so-called "State Restriction of Appointments" notice -- although it's not clear how many workers will be ultimately affected.

Word that notices would be going out started moving through the department earlier this week. Here's the text of an email that went out to some parole staff on Thursday:

From: Galeste, Evangeline@CDCR
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:57 PM
To: CDCR Parole Operations Region 1 ALL


SROA Letters:
Beginning on Friday, October 21, 2011, Human Resources will be mailing out SROA letters to CDCR staff with seniority of 10 years or less, a total of 26,000. Due to the significant number of letters, HR will be mailing the letters out from October 21-26 as the mailroom can only process 6,000 per day.

Please immediately post this email and inform staff who may not have access to email. Receiving a SROA letter may/may not mean the recipient will be laid off and/or demoted but the recipient is being "touched" by this process in some form.

Voluntary Transfer Options Documents:
On Friday October 21 & Monday, October 24, 2011, a total of 7,000 Voluntary Transfer Options documents will be mailed to the non-custody staff impacted by Wave 1 Realignment. In accordance with the Realignment Side Letter agreements with these labor organizations, vacancies will be posted on the CDCR Intranet, Internet and at the local worksite.

Human Resources will be posting this information tomorrow.


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