Weekly Update 1/25/19

Stipulated Judgment- 5 Day Permanent Injunction

The CCSO office has noticed a recent pattern of investigative notices sent to members requesting a turnaround time of 24 hours. This is a violation of CCSO’s stipulated agreement with CDCR. We are currently working to best strategize our course of action. It is imperative you contact our office immediately to secure your representation. If you need additional time to secure representation, contact the agent and request to exercise your five day privilege. If you are denied, let us know right away.  You have rights; don’t let them be violated!

CCSO Legal Representation

This week a CCSO attorney represented a member during their pre-settlement conference, and after negotiations, was able to resolve the matter to the member’s satisfaction. The member was grateful to CCSO for providing them with exceptional legal representation. CCSO has been receiving a lot of positive feedback about the legal representation we are providing, and it is always a pleasure to hear that our members are satisfied with our services.  Your feedback is valuable information for us.  Please feel free to share your experience, positive or negative, so that we are aware.

Accident, Critical Illness, and Hospitalization Insurance for CCSO Members

CCSO has been working with the Hartford Company over the past year to implement a benefit package that would assist our members in offsetting the cost for accidents, critical illness, and hospitalization. Click the link http://www.ccsonet.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2019/02/1.25.19-CCSO-Hartford-Ins.pdf to review details of each package that will be offered in the spring.  Pricing is subject to change. Please send any questions to CCSOBenefits@ccsonet.org.

Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

The CCSO State President met with the Department of Finance to discuss the proposed move of DJJ to the Health and Human Services Agency. The transition is in the early stages and there are a lot of moving parts to make it happen. The first step is a trailer bill that must pass through the legislative process in order to create the change in the Governor’s budget. At this point there is no discussion about removing peace officer status from DJJ employees. CCSO plans to meet with  stakeholders to further discuss and obtain factual information about the affects to our members.

SRN II Seminar:                                  

CCSO appreciates the enthusiasm and numerous calls and emails regarding the upcoming SRN II Seminar. At this time all institutions and chapters are fully represented and CCSO is no longer accepting RSVPs to attend. Thank you for your interest and we are looking forward to seeing those attendees in February.

Presidents’ Round Table:

This year, one of the CCSO State President’s goals is to establish a presidents’ round table to discuss current issues, strategize for the future, and to collaborate on various tasks and projects. If you are a current chapter president and are interested in attending, please contact the office. We have a few presidents who have requested to participate, but we need more. Please submit your interest to the office. The round table is tentatively scheduled for March.

Correctional Legal Services (CLS):

After our announcement of CLS, several emails came in regarding clarification as to its effect on current CCSO members. Current CCSO members already receive benefits from our great legal service. If you are a member, your legal representation is already available to you with your membership. CLS is an associate membership for non-supervisory and managerial employees.  The monthly dues are also $67 and will provide the same legal representation that is provided to current CCSO members.

CLS members will only receive legal representation for work related conduct that may adversely affect employment.  CLS does not take the place of collective bargaining and cannot assist with any related issues.

CCSO members will still continue to receive assistance with grievances and labor issues, as well as legal representation.

As previously announced, CLS is projected to start in February 2019 and will be offered to all CDCR, DSH, and PIA employees. The monthly dues are $67 and will provide a strong legal defense when employees are faced with adverse action. CCSO has an outstanding reputation for providing the best legal defense for its members and will now share that benefit with CLS members.

If you have any questions regarding CLS, please email cls@ccsonet.org.

                                           Supervisors Representing Supervisors


Taking Steps to Manage Stress


·         Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. Record your thoughts, feelings and information about the environment, including the people and circumstances involved, the physical setting and how you reacted. Did you raise your voice? Get a snack from the vending machine? Go for a walk? Taking notes can help you find patterns among your stressors and your reactions to them.


·         Develop healthy responses. Instead of attempting to fight stress with fast food or alcohol, do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise. Exercise is a great stress-buster. Yoga can be an excellent choice, but any form of physical activity is beneficial. Also make time for hobbies and favorite activities. Whether it’s reading a novel, going to concerts or playing games with your family, make sure to set aside time for the things that bring you pleasure. Getting enough good-quality sleep is also important for effective stress management. Build healthy sleep habits by limiting your caffeine intake late in the day and minimizing stimulating activities, such as computer and television use, at night.


·         Establish boundaries. In today’s digital world, it’s easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. That might mean making a rule not to check email from home in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner. Although people have different preferences when it comes to how much they blend their work and home life, creating some clear boundaries between these realms can reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that goes with it.


·         Take time to recharge. To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work by having periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities, nor thinking about work. That’s why it’s critical that you disconnect from time to time, in a way that fits your needs and preferences. Don’t let your vacation days go to waste. When possible, take time off to relax and unwind, so you come back to work feeling reinvigorated and ready to perform at your best. When you’re not able to take time off, get a quick boost by turning off your smartphone and focusing your attention on non-work activities for a while.


·         Learn how to relax. Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and mindfulness (a state in which you actively observe present experiences and thoughts without judging them) can help melt away stress. Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on a simple activity like breathing, walking or enjoying a meal. The skill of being able to focus purposefully on a single activity without distraction will get stronger with practice and you’ll find that you can apply it to many different aspects of your life.


·         Talk to your supervisor. Employee health has been linked to productivity at work, so your boss has an incentive to create a work environment that promotes employee well-being. Start by having an open conversation with your supervisor. The purpose of this isn’t to lay out a list of complaints, but rather to come up with an effective plan for managing the stressors you’ve identified, so you can perform at your best on the job. While some parts of the plan may be designed to help you improve your skills in areas such as time management, other elements might include identifying employer-sponsored wellness resources you can tap into, clarifying what’s expected of you, getting necessary resources or support from colleagues, enriching your job to include more challenging or meaningful tasks, or making changes to your physical workspace to make it more comfortable and reduce strain.


·         Get some support. Accepting help from trusted friends and family members can improve your ability to manage stress. Your employer may also have stress management resources available through an employee assistance program (EAP), including online information, available counseling and referral to mental health professionals, if needed. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by work stress, you may want to talk to a psychologist, who can help you better manage stress and change unhealthy behavior.

 What To Do When You Receive a Notice or NOAA: Call CCSO Immediately

Contact CCSO at 800-449-2940 immediately anytime you receive a notice to appear for an investigative interview, receive a direct adverse action, or receive any other action that warrants attorney representation.  The more notice we can provide our attorneys, the better it is for their operational needs. A timely notice assists CCSO’s ability to schedule your legal needs in an efficient manner.

Steps To Your Defense:

1) Don’t wait, call the CCSO office at 800-449-2940 the day you receive a direct adverse action, or a notice to be interviewed or receive any other action that warrants attorney representation.

2) Directly after talking to the CCSO representative, you will fax a copy of the notice for interview or the Adverse Action to 209-838-6759 or email the information to ccso@ccsonet.org.

3) Do not discuss your case with anyone but the CCSO office representative or your assigned CCSO attorney.

                                    SUPERVISORS REPRESENTING SUPERVISORS