Wednesday, May 14, 2008

LWDA, DIRt, and DLSE deny their employees the right to telework, even though this right is written into the collective bargaining agreement

It's written into our very own employment contract: TELEWORK SHALL NOT BE UNREASONABLY DENIED. The management feces will suggest that we use the grievance procedure with the union, and the only thing that does is delay it for a year and longer as it moves along the grievance process, because the management feces needs four levels of denial before they can start laughing at their employees for having stuck the telework denial in their eye.
DIR/DLSE management does everything they can to stick it up the asses of their Deputy Labor Commissioners (DLC)s. Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet gets a beat-down with Corrales, and it's the DLCs who suffer. LWDA Deputy Secretary Robert Jones greases the palms for CMS, and it's the DLCs who suffer (not to mention the taxpayers). LWDA Secretary Victoria Bradshaw gets a beat-down with Livadas, and it's the DLCs who suffer. DLSE's very best Jackass, Greg Rupp, becomes Acting Labor Commissioner for a day, giving him time to push through meal & rest period laws that are eventually overturned because of their illegality, and it is the DLCs who suffer (not to mention the victims/wage claimants).
This is just another day where LWDA, DIRt, and DLSE give their employees the knife in the back. Governator wants less traffic congestion, happy (e.g., productive) state employees, higher morale, so this "telework" language is built into our contract. And even though telework is also a recruiting tool for state employees, you have management feces like supervisor Jorge Gomez, Regional Manager Abigael Calva, and Deputy Chief Denise Padres doing everything they can to deny telework to their workers.
This is what's so funny about insecure, incompetent, control freak managers: they cannot manage, so they think someone siting at their desk must be working. Citizens and members of the public, both employees and employers, deserve better than the feces serving them. Management feces is old and stinky and should retire to go & rot elsewhere. For the record, my morale and productivity is directly related to management feces' denial of telework, so I could be more productive working away from my desk, but the management feces wants me roting at my desk, too.
We should continue working with their management tools like carbon paper and typewriters...old and outdated should be DLSE's motto.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to get the 2nd Line Managers to implement the Telework policy. The Front Line Supervisors will fight it every inch of the way. TW does threaten the old supervisory model of clock-watching and office strolls to make sure the sheep are in line.
In my old office one old school Honcho ended up with his whole team transferring to the younger and more progressive leader's team.
Luckily for the sake of the rank and file, my old agency is committed to TW and even consolidated office space as one of the cost-saving benefits.

5/14/2008 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the DLSE excuse for not allowing telework is they need for tons of bodies in the offices to do the menial clerical works that were supposed to be automated by the CMS computer system.

Does the $6 million CMS help the DLSE staff to do their work more efficiently?

I am just joking. The whole point of CMS project was to enrich the pockets of the private IT consultants in California. Good Jobs, DLSE and IT managers.

5/14/2008 7:28 PM  
Anonymous TELEWORK WORKS said...

SINCE MANAGEMENT IS PLAYING GAMES WITH TELEWORKING AS OUTLINED IN OUR MOU, LET'S GIVE THEM THE GAME PLAN. ANYONE READING THIS, PASS THE WORD ALONG TO ALL DEPUTIES THAT THEY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REQUEST TELEWORK FROM THEIR IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR. I BELIEVE, LIKE COMMENTOR #1, THAT THE FRONT LINE SUPERVISORS DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP THE LITTLE POWER THEY HAVE. I KNOW FOR SURE THAT (3) GRIEVANCES HAVE NOW BEEN FILED WITH CASE. LET'S JAM UP THE SYSTEM WITH REQUESTS AND GRIEVANCES UNTIL MANAGEMENT CAN PLAY THE GAME FAIRLY. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF ANYONE ON THE TELEWORK PLAN, PLEASE CONTACT THE BLOG SITE WITH THIS INFORMATION. IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TELEWORK IS, THEN LOOK AT THE LAST MOU THAT CASE WAS ABLE TO NEGOTIATE.

5/14/2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous WAKE UP DEPUTIES said...

THE WORD IS OUT THAT MONICA (UNION REP) FROM CASE IS A PUPPET FOR DLSE MANAGEMENT. SHE HAS SOLD OUT MORE DEPUTIES THAN CAN BE COUNTED. LETS PUT THE PRESSURE ON HER, AS OUTLINED ABOVE,AND FLOOD MANAGEMENT WITH TELEWORK REQUESTS AND APPEALS AS MENTIONED ABOVE. THE DEPUTIES ARE TIRED OF BEING THE STEP CHILD OF THE ATTORNEY'S IN CASE. IF CASE CANNOT REPRESENT THE DEPUTIES AS WELL AS THE ATTORNEY'S, LET'S GET OUT OF THIS UNION. THE ONLY REASON WE DO NOT HAVE A CONTRACT OR PAY RAISE AT THE MOMENT IS DUE TO THE ATTORNEY'S WANTING A GIANT PAY RAISE. DEPUTIES, DO NOT FOOL YOURSELVES, YOU WILL NOT BE PART OF THIS NEGOTIATED PAY RAISE. WAKE UP AND DEMAND THAT TELEWORK BE APPROVED AS OUTLINED IN OUR UNION CONTRACT.

5/14/2008 7:39 PM  
Anonymous give a shit said...

And the shit keeps rolling down hill!!!!

5/14/2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This selective telework policy is also implemented by the scum-bag Jim Clbeaux in the IT Unit. Here at the IT Unit the select employees that act as management spies are allowed to do tele-work. These select employees do no work at the office anyway so it is probably wise to keep them home. But having the taxpayer foot the bill is outrageous as these select employees are not only allowed the luxury of doing their own work on state-time but having the state pay installation and monthly fees for DSL lines.

Someone has got to do an audit of this IT Unit. Jim Culbeaux belongs in jail.

5/14/2008 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous Coward - like the rest of you. said...

Let's hear some names and specifics. You are always casting dispersions without the facts to back them up.
If Culbeaux is a crook, give us a timeline of how he does it, and with whom. I don't think you can.
The only thing you got going for you is your hatred of him. I'm ready to dislike him too...give me some meat.

5/14/2008 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must remember that just because a Division has a TeleWork policy it does not mean management has to implement it or extend it to all employees. The operational needs clause can be used to thwart TeleWork, flexible work schedules, etc.

Anyone whose job in any way consists of serving the public is unfortunately vulnerable to the operational needs exclusion. All it takes is one big cheese to find out calls are not being answered or walk-ins are not being helped timely, and game over pal.

Positions where the employee controls the work flow are more suitable for telework than positions where the public response can dictate your daily work product.

One wonders why the blogger just does not keep his nose clean for a little while and transfer to an agency that does embrace Telework and other progressive concepts.
Why the Quixotic efforts to change the culture of a system that is clearly entrenched in a philosophy you disagree with? Vote with your feet, bureaucrat!

5/15/2008 6:03 PM  
Blogger  said...

DLC Is & IIs do control work flow, and we're not asking to telework on days that we're assigned to counter duty or days we hold conferences or hearings. We're just asking to telework on our non-paper/non-counter day.

DLSE Management Feces seems hell-bent on having the lowest employe morale in the state. In the end, the public receives sub-standard service because DLSE Management Feces treats their employees like shit...happy cows move faster.

The DLSE Management Feces aren't required to enjoy telework; they're required to adhere to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Unfortunately, DLSE Management Feces cannot adhere to the US Constiution, so something closer to home like a Collective Bargaining Agreement seems beyond their grasp.

5/15/2008 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you want telework or permission to wear shorts into the office?

5/15/2008 9:04 PM  
Blogger  said...

I want the DLSE Management Feces to concentrate on the work done to serve the public: what I wear when working and where I work is immaterial.

Management Feces, historically, always focuses upon the wrong issue. Besides, the issue is pointless, as DLSE Management Feces does not bend, it breaks. Even when their lawyers tell them not to step in the proverbial dog poo, they find a way to step in it.

5/16/2008 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of these innovative ideas may resonate better with a different messenger than yourself. You can't blame management for resisting carrying the water of the office gadfly. Find a new Gunga Din!

5/16/2008 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean Fryer it will be better if you stop commenting here and focus on doing some actual work when you are at the office. We know you have posted several of the above comments.

The only people who can post comments like the one above when in the office are you and the Management Feces bunch.

Dean you may focus on ripping of your customers in real estate during work hours.

5/16/2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger  said...

I left the Gunga Din/gadfly comment because it's not worthy of being rejected, even though it's not in line with my thinking.

I don't mind opposing viewpoints, but they should be legitimate and smartly written.

Of course they aren't going to listen to the office gadfly, but that doesn't weaken the message, only the messenger. Besides, it's not like I've made postcards of the blog and started mailing them to the California Assembly and every lawyer in the 98a database.

The questions Dean Fryer, Robert Jones, Rick Rice, Jose Millan, and Vicki Bradshaw need to ask: does the blogger have the ability to expand his audience and send a louder message? Do we want to motivate him to that point of communication?

Right now, it's a "when I have time, it gets done" moment, but if they really motivate me, then i will clear my desk and start sending postcards, or I'll have friends send postcards, or I'll outsource the postcards to the homeless and have complete deniability. "Complete deniability" is something that OD Legal, Bradshaw, Jones, et al know something about.

To put it bluntly, I haven't made this a priority...but I can.

5/17/2008 6:58 AM  

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