The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 1, 2011
California corrections department posts erroneous jobs lists

Two lists at the center of a plan to reshuffle staffing within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitationwere temporarily removed from the agency's website because of errors.

The department's job reduction list, which details positions slated to be axed, and its job vacancy list, which lays out positions that need to be filled, registered some of the same jobs. Following an inquiry on Monday from The State Worker about why the lists were removed, the department posted the lists again with a notice: "LINK TO OVERS AND UNDERS LISTS: (LISTS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED. WE ARE SORRY FOR THIS TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE)."

Department spokesman Paul Verke confirmed the snafu in a voice mail to The State Worker, and we expect to speak with him soon about the particulars of the problem and when the lists will be updated.

Corrections published the lists as tools employees could use when considering whether to voluntarily transfer from facilities with too many staff to facilities with too few. The information has been on the department's continually-updated Layoff Resources website.

SEIU Local 1000, which represents several thousand CDCR workers from cooks to teachers to computer programmers and others, called the duplications to the attention of department officials last week, said union spokesman Jim Zamora.

CDCR confirmed the duplications and notified Local 1000 on Thursday that the department would postpone the Voluntary Transfer Process while it straightened out the problem. Local 1000 said in a memo to members. "CDCR is currently working on this issue and will notify Local 1000 when they are ready to meet."

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