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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 19, 2011
From the notebook: Incentives differ for Corrections staff

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We 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.

The new contract amendments discussed in our story in today's Bee share many details, but they're very different in the incentive payments they offer when employees transfer.

As of this writing on Tuesday, California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment (Unit 2), Professional Engineers in California Government (9) and California Association of Professional Scientists (10) hadn't signed any contract amendments.

The California Association of Highway Patrolmen (Unit 5), the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (7) and the California Department of Forestry Firefighters (8) don't have members who work for Corrections, so they weren't approached to amend their contracts.

Here are the incentive pay differences as spelled out in the various agreements signed with SEIU Local 1000 (Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20 and 21), California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Unit 6), International Union of Operating Engineers (12 and 13), Union of American Physicians & Dentists (16), California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (18) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (19).

SEIU Local 1000
Voluntary transfers to High Desert State Prison, California Correctional Center, Pelican Bay State Prison, or Salinas Valley State Prison: $5,000
Voluntary transfer to other institutions: $3,750
Involuntary transfer: $1,980

CCPOA--first layoff wave only
Transfers to High Desert State Prison or Pelican Bay State Prison: $7,500, drops to $3,750 after deadline set by CDCR
Transfers to Salinas Valley State Prison: $5625, drops to $3750 after deadline set by CDCR
California Medical Facility or California State Prison-Sacramento: $3,750, drops to $2,550 after deadline set by CDCR

CCPOA--second and subsequent layoff waves
Transfers to High Desert, Pelican Bay, or Salinas Valley: $3,750
Other institutions: $2,550

$3,750 for voluntary transfer
$1,980 for involuntary transfer

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