Adverse actions withdrawn at CDCR
Real representation clears wrongfully accused LVNs
False accusations are painful and can damage reputations. So when two LVNs at the California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi were blamed for a discrepancy in a pill count after their shift, Local 1000 mobilized our legal and representation resources to help these two members clear their names.
Each of the two members was served with a Notice of Adverse Action (NOAA) reducing their pay by five percent—one for six months and one for four months. The NOAA accused the nurses of covering up a count of phenobarbital, a narcotic. But both employees insisted they had followed procedure, and the pill count was accurate.
“These nurses didn’t have to face false accusations alone; Local 1000 had their back. That is what effective representation is all about.”
Chair of Bargaining Unit 20
So they reached out to Local 1000. After gathering facts, Local 1000 was able to prove in a Skelly hearing that the required pill count was accurate and that the pills in question were in fact antacids and not subject to a pill count. The Skelly officer agreed with the union’s argument and recommended the withdrawal of the actions. Management accepted the recommendations and the adverse actions were withdrawn.
“These nurses didn’t have to face false accusations alone; Local 1000 had their back,” says Rionna Jones, chair of Bargaining Unit 20. “That is what effective representation is all about.”