SPB challenge and contract grievance filed to enforce employee rights
Local 1000 filed an appeal with the State Personnel Board (SPB) over the use of registry employees to do the work of members who were laid off or transferred by the California Correctional Health Care Services Department (CCHCS) in early December at eight different facilities. Local 1000 is demanding that SPB void these contracts.
The SPB challenge is coupled with a contract grievance requesting that employees who were harmed or laid off be "made whole" for all financial losses--such as pay and benefits--they would have earned if they had not been replaced by a registry employee.
"During the layoff process, it became obvious that the state was simply replacing civil service staff in the affected positions with at-will, registry employees who work for private vendors. In some cases, the registries were advertising for workers, and state supervisors were encouraging the employees slated for layoff to apply to work for the registries," explains Rionna Jones, chair of Bargaining Unit 20. "This outrageous behavior has got to be fixed."
The appeal and grievance were filed on behalf of all affected employees in Bargaining Units 11, 17 and 20, including Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians and Radiological Technicians.
The challenges affect employees at the California State Prisons, Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties; the California Correctional Institution; the California Institute for Women; the Central California Women's Facility; the Pleasant Valley State Prison; Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility; and, Valley State Prison.
If you know of any outsourcing at your facility, or have any questions regarding the SPB appeal or the grievance, please contact the Local 1000 Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348).