Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP) Agreement
Update as of April 13, 2021
Our Union met and conferred with CDCR regarding the Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP) at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) related to the facility closure. We secured an agreement with the Department to support our members in this process.
Please CLICK HERE to view the agreement.
Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP) Agreement FAQs:
1. What is VTP?
VTP is a Voluntary Transfer Process that the department uses as part of the closure. VTP allows employees who may otherwise be at risk of going through the layoff process to select a vacant position elsewhere.
2. Who is eligible to participate in VTP?
All DVI employees may choose to participate.
3. What positions are available in VTP?
Vacant positions statewide in CDCR or CCHCS that are outside of San Joaquin County.
4. Why can’t I transfer to somewhere inside of San Joaquin County?
The goal of VTP is to remove as many employees as possible from the area impacted by the State Restrictions of Appointment (SROA) process. If employees transferred into positions within San Joaquin County, they would remain in the area of layoff.
5. Didn’t VTP already happen?
Other employees in units not represented by SEIU Local 1000 began their VTP in mid-March. Our Union was negotiating an improved VTP process, which is why our VTP is happening now instead of a few weeks ago.
6. I already received a VTP packet, and now I received another one. Why?
The department mistakenly sent a few SEIU Local 1000 represented employees a VTP packet in the earlier process – if you received a new packet, please make your choices in the new packet.
7. What positions can I transfer to during VTP?
Any permanent position for your current classification.
8. Will the only positions offered during VTP be at other institutions?
No. Vacant positions at CDCR and CCHCS headquarters will also be offered.
9. I have heard another prison is closing next year. What happens if I choose a position at the prison scheduled to close?
While the department doesn’t yet know which prison might be closing next year, our Union negotiated protections just in case. Employees will be given priority to secure a new position during the closure process of the other institution. Additionally, if during VTP, the prison scheduled for closure becomes known, positions at that location will not be offered during VTP.
10. What support can I receive if I have to move to take a new position?
You will be eligible for $1,500 in relocation expenses and will be able to request ATO if you need to travel to find housing and make other arrangements related to moving.
11. When will I know what new position I am awarded?
Generally, employees will know where they will be transferring within 15 days of the VTP process ending.
12. Will my transfer be immediate?
The timing of your transfer will depend on the staffing needs at DVI. When you are informed of the position that you have been awarded, you will also receive the effective date of your transfer. If the transfer requires that you relocate your residence, you will receive at least 30 days’ notice, and up to 45 days’ notice of your report date for your new work location.
13. What happens if I’m in the process of moving and the department changes my transfer date?
The department will work with you to either change the transfer date back to the original date, or they will work to reimburse you for documented costs you incurred as a result of the change. If you end up incurring expense as a result of having to remain at DVI longer than planned, you are eligible to apply for reimbursement under Article 12 of our Contract.
14. What happens if I don’t want to participate in VTP?
You will then be placed into the SROA process related to the closure.