Lab Assistants win phlebotomy differential at Corcoran prison


Laboratory Assistant (Correctional Facility) employees at Corcoran State Prison are now receiving phlebotomy differential pay after Local 1000’s Laboratory Assistant Classification Team pressured CalHR and management at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Health Care System (CHCS).

Two new Lab Assistants – licensed phlebotomists – who perform phlebotomy at the prison were not receiving the differential. After attempting to resolve the issue themselves, the assistants met with Local 1000 steward Janea Williams, who brought the issue to members of the Lab Assistant Classification Team.

After Team discussions with department management, an order was approved and processed at the personnel office at Corcoran to add the phlebotomy differential retroactively – more than 5 months’ worth – while ensuring that all Laboratory Assistants at the facility receive the differential in their regular paycheck.