CDCR layoff update
11:31 AM - August 24, 2010


Unit 1 continues to monitor the status of 180 Unit 3 employees who transferred last March to Unit 1 positions in lieu of layoff. It’s been a difficult transition for many. William Hall, one of about a dozen Unit 1 Statewide Bargaining Advisory Committee (SBAC) members who volunteered to call Unit 3 transfers, says: “They are mourning the loss of their prior teaching positions. The transition to analytical work, and the management style that goes with it, can be a challenge.”
Despite the difficulties, the majority report that they’re being trained and supported by peers and supervisors. However, about a half -dozen individuals have received negative probationary evaluations. In some cases the placement just wasn’t a good fit; in other cases there has been a serious lack of training and an unsupportive work environment.

Three members who had been transferred to Unit 1 in lieu of layoff represented Local 1000 in two meetings with CDCR Headquater Labor Relations to review training issues. They are Beverly Heroux from CDCR Facility Planning, Construction and Management in Sacramento; Tony Narvais from  Richard A. McGee Training Center in Galt; and Elma Rodriguez in Wasco.

If you’ve received a negative probationary evaluation, or know someone who has, please refer them or to the Member Resource Center at 866.471-SEIU.