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State Controller Office Payroll Adjustments

This is to inform you of a payroll adjustment concerning July payroll retirement deductions.

Immediately upon reaching labor agreements in response to the 2020-2021 Budget, the State Controller’s Office (SCO), Personnel and Payroll Services Division (PPSD) began implementing an unprecedented number of modifications to the Uniform State Payroll System.

Among the system changes, SCO updated the calculation of payroll to process salary reductions specific to the Personal Leave Program (PLP) and/or the Furlough programs.  A miscalculation occurred in the way that the gross subject to retirement deduction amount is calculated on an individual’s Employment History record. As a result, the July payroll retirement withholding amount was less than what it should have been for employees who were subject to PLP or Furlough with payments issued between July 8 – 23, 2020.

The miscalculation affected the employee and employer share of the retirement deductions.  Depending on the employee’s circumstances, the calculation varies.  The employee share amount ranges based on the gross subject to retirement amount but is estimated to be between approximately $.01 to $100, depending on the amount of retirement deduction.

PPSD has corrected the calculation and payroll will process accurately, beginning with all payments issued July 24, 2020 and forward.  PPSD will process retirement adjustments with the August 2020 payroll to correct the July 2020 payroll discrepancy.  The adjustment will be shown as deduction *PERS ADJ on the earnings statements located on the Cal Employee Connect portal. 

Please contact the assigned CalHR labor relations officer if you have any questions.

 

The Wait Is Over: New Bargaining Unit 16 Agreement Overwhelmingly Ratified by UAPD Members

The results of the state ratification vote are in: With a 94% approval rating and overall positive response from the members, the bargaining team is pleased to announce the ratification of the new tentative agreement reached with the state.

UAPD Pulse: Taking Action and Presenting Options for State Negotiations

By Stuart Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

You have no doubt heard about the Governor’s budget which includes a 54 billion dollar deficit and a 10% proposed cut to all state employees, including yourself. I have already heard from some of you and share your concerns. The union does not intend to stand idly by while the State tries to cut your hard-earned salaries.

We resume bargaining this Thursday morning and will ask the state to adopt a number of ideas that are described in an article that I plan to get into the press. These ideas basically involve moving money our bargaining unit’s salary savings into your pocket as an employee. There are also various ways to backload money and preserve pensions… even if there are furloughs. Our bargaining team is creative but welcomes any responses or ideas you may have in order to avoid these cuts. It may be little solace to realize that there are even greater cuts to physician and dentists’ salaries all across the country. UAPD will do its best to soften the blow and be proactive. The economy will pick up eventually and we will emerge in better shape.

We will be sending you a Survey Monkey soon to further ascertain any ideas or actions you may be willing to take that would help our negotiations. Meanwhile, stay healthy, stay safe, and strong and work smart! Your union stands with you.

Cases of COVID-19 Enter the Dozens For CDCR Employees

Fifty-three employees for California state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new figures released on Sunday.

The California Institute for Men (CIM), in Chino, had 16 reported cases, the most among the state’s 18 facilities — including prisons and other offices — where employees have reported positive tests, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

California State Prison, Sacramento had 5 positive tests and Folsom State Prison had 4, according to a tally the corrections department keeps on its website.

Among the offices with a positive test is the department’s headquarters at 1515 S Street, according to an email sent to employees in the building Friday.

The number is up from a dozen workers on March 26.

After staff members test positive, the corrections department restricts movement at their institutions and works to identify who the infected person has been in contact with, according to the department. The institutions restrict movement and quarantine people determined to be at risk.

Employees at the institutions are screened for COVID-like symptoms at the gates and turned away if they have symptoms, the department has said.

The corrections department has published extensive guidance for employees at its website, including instructions for keeping home and work surfaces clean, keeping in communication with loved ones during the pandemic and talking to children about what is happening at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/information/.

UAPD State Bargaining Update #4: UAPD Makes the News

Given Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent “stay in place” directive, your UAPD Bargaining Team has been meeting “virtually” every Wednesday and Thursday, without interruption.  The team has worked on critical issues ranging from Cost of Living Increases; Contracting Out; Pay Parity; Professional Judgment; Health and Safety; Transfers; and Additional Appointments. 

In related news, on March 9th, UAPD testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. The hearing showcased the States abuse of the  “contracting out process” while maintaining a high vacancy rate for “rank and file” physicians. UAPD bargaining team member, Dr. Navreet Mann, CDCR Psychiatry, represented the union during the proceedings. 

On March 19th, UAPD held a “meet and confer” with CDCR regarding “on-call for telemedicine”. The union continues to spar with the Department over its objections to call for volunteers before mandating on-call from its telemedicine doctors. UAPD as asked that the Department to delay the April 1st implementation date until proper procedures are in place. UAPD has a tentative follow up meeting on April 3rd.

These difficult times have exposed many issues in the workplace that UAPD will fight to address in state negotiations. COVID-19 continues to change work environments by the hour. UAPD will work with great vigilance in making your voices heard!