Friday, October 21, 2005

How is it that the DLSE think they have the power to tell someone what to do during their non-work hours? The State Personnel Board (SPB) deals with disciplinary issues regarding certain illegal behavior during non-work hours, or behavior that would reflect poorly upon the Department should it be known that the individual works for the State. State employees who invoke their federally-protected civil rights are being targeted by the very own Department that enforces labor standards for California; what an excellent way to set the example! I was recently told that CASE, the union that represents DLSE lawyers and Deputy Labor Commissioners, is in the process of filing a grievance because of this problem. Here's how it will probably play out: each DLSE/DIR manager will deny the grievance at all levels, typically rubber-stamping the same decision with the same gibberish. Then, several bureacratic months later, DPA will eventually set up an arbitration date for both sides. Ultimately, it's a waste of time and resources. It's not like the arbitrator will make a decision that supercedes the US Constitution. Wanna come work for this Department? I guess you could call this type of action a 'benefit,' couldn't you?


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