Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some TDCJ employees already facing Reduction In Force letters taking their jobs



By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website

While many open jobs are not being filled by Huntsville, some current employees have actually been laid off as part of a reduction in force by the agency. The Backgate has received information that mail room employees and even clerks are the first groups to see the reductions. On the security side, many open supervisor jobs have not been posted to be filled to save a buck. Even a delay in posting can save the agency money. How will these reductions and slow postings affect the bottom line--- security ? I guess that will be apparent as time presses on.

29 comments:

  1. Let's start with the top dogs in TDCJ on pay cuts first! One thing they could do is cut down on the number of Wardens and Ass. Wardens at each unit!

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  2. How about cutting all the perks, to include state housing.....make all who live in these pay rent & utilities (we who don't live in them don't receive any additional compensation to live elsewhere)

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  3. Lets start at the top why dont we? Lets start slashing the hundred thousand dollar a year salaries for all regional directors, all twelve thousand board members, and like the person said above lets cut all those perks of all the people in Huntsville that have those brand new state cars to use when they feel like it.. also lets cut all these bogus "training academies" and all the BS jobs that go with it.

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  4. I think we are all suffering from the poor leadership we have in Austin. Instead od closing of laying off hundreds of low paid employees lets try laying off some wardens, regional directors and other overpaid people who do nothing more than sit in an office and think of what havoc can be created by these layoffs.
    95% of the states prisons are already understaffed and laying off 7400 employees? Would that leave anyone to staff these prisons?
    The state is trying to hire more security staff yet they want to cut money?
    There are prisons that are so understaffed that they can't get enough people to work there that they offer bonuses if you move there.
    I think the State needs to re-think their strategy to control the state budget.

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  5. There isn't any state employee that should be paid over 100,000 a year. The parole board officials and Regional directors. Directors period. They want to lay off the little guy. That will really make a dent. ha Typical TDCJ mismanagement.

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  6. to get any goverment job you should have to be US citizen

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  7. The poor clerks who get the poverty level pay should not be cut. They are the ones who do the true work. The majority of them work their butts off. It's the over paid higher level employees that enjoy their personal phone calls all day long and using all their paid time off. Follow the worker bee clerk around all day and see how overworked they are.

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  8. why don't day pay off those that have worked over twenty years and save some of us that just started the journey of life?

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  9. why don't they pay off those that have worked over twenty years and save some of us that just started the journey of life?

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  10. What do you mean PAY OFF those that have worked over twenty years?You may be just starting on your journey of life, but I and many others have done our time, we did what we agreed with TDCJ to do.I do not abuse my sick time,I've never drawn workman's comp.and I show up to do my job and thats what I do.So all I want from TDCJ is what they promised and to live the rest of my life with the pension,health care ect.that I worked for.

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  11. Ha Good Luck Not in this day and time. Don't you read the news.

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  12. Get the top heavy people (25+years) to leave with retirement incentives. Hell, even give them a couple years if needed. Allow folks with over 20 years who are not yet 50 the option to retire. It's a lot cheaper to pay a 23 year old COIII than to pay a 47 year old COV. I think that is what the poster above was trying to say, maybe in not so elegant terms. If you took people who either had 20+ in the system, but were not 50 years old, and people who were just a few years shy of meeting the rule of 80, and you gave them the couple years they needed, or allowed them to retire before 50, a lot of people would take that option, saving the state a lot of money.

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  13. cut from the top and go back 25 years and run the prisons like they used to .put the thieves back to work and make the prisons self sufficient like they used to be.when it was a prison.we have too many over paid cheifs and under paid indians. why have all that land and buy food to feed the offenders ?.there should be bumper crops put in on every farm .they could raise enough product to feed the elderly and the poor if they would .instead they sit on their butts and watch tv all day.if this was done we would'nt be understaffed or over crowded .we would'nt need so much staff the thieves would be too tired to buck or start trouble in the cell blocks or dorms .i know a channel check want be needed an hour after they get back to the blocks.they would sleep like little angels.and when they paroled they would'nt be so anxious to come back prison .that would solve the over crowding problem.

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  14. I agree with the last post,however I don't think it will ever happen.People that have never stepped foot in a prison are too worried about the poor i/m's and how they are treated.I'm all for good treatment but they should HAVE to work,they could grow food and they would be too tired to cause problems.I also agree with the poster about giving 20+ officers retirement incentives.Maybe even start at 15yrs.

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  15. Do away with free-housing. This could at least save a few hundred jobs....

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  16. These wardens at Sanchez act just like inmates. There out to get the working officers. Grievance chick buying Commisary for inmates. Admin with the inmates not with cos. Y'all are scared to back up ur staff. Bunch of kiddies.

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  17. the cuts i would make.

    1.housing for officers, do you know that officers and their wives or husbands make $5.000 to 10.000 dollars a month. the family that live on the units should pay market rent for their housing. if a three bedroom house rents for 700 to 1000 dollars a month. think of all the money that we the state of texas are just throwing away. theres thousands of dollars there.

    2.electricity,gas,water,sewage why should we the tax payers pay for their family to stay cool or warm. what ever the season is. i have a 4 bedroom house my elect. bill run me @ 300 a month. heres some more money to collect.

    3.retreats this week at the estelle unit all the LT's are at a retreat. for what? so they can take off another day and get paid for it. must be nice. more money to save...

    4.training when you are hired on you go through training that should be enough. more to save...

    5.retirement those who have retired should get their pension and what ever else they deserve. they shouldn't be able to get hired back on.so they can collect 2 paycheck from the state.

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  18. WTF? An officer makes $5000 to $10000 a month? Maybe in California but not in Texas, Hoss. When I maxed out at COV I made $2982 a month.

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  19. Kevin is dead on the money,at COV I made right at the same ($2982). Where in Tx. does an officer make $5000 to $10000 a month?? I would love to find that out.My thoughts on people that retire and hire back on is this....these people worked the amount of years it took to retire,if they need to come back to work that is fine with me.I would rather have an officer with experience than a newboot that doesn't know jack.Furthermore they are not getting two checks from the state,they are getting their RETIREMENT THAT THEY HELPED SAVE FOR and the paycheck they are getting for working, THEY DISERVE.I really believe if TDCJ employee's would back each other up instead of bitching and backstabbing, our jobs would be so much better.TDCJ loves for CO'S to be at each others throat,that way we will never stick together on anything.TOGETHER WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL.

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    1. Well put, Kickingbird!

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    2. I agree. I don't even make that with overtime and I work at Eastham lol.

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  20. And we are falling faster and farther everyday.

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  21. Kickingbird, I think that the poster above was talking about families that live in state housing, where BOTH husband and wife wear gray. $10,000/month is a hugely exaggerated figure, but if you had 2 CO V's living in the same house, that would be over $6100/month at 2011 salary rates.

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  22. Major at sanchez gets punked by a co IV... grievance lady must be that good 2 fight 4 her.. married and sancha at old regelio sanchez.. Too be continued

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  23. Hey Bosses why are we going after each other? I know its easy to get mad at the system but come on do you really think some one from the outside is going to help us if we are tearing each other apart? We get treated like trash because we make ourselves look like trash. Older bosses teach the new boots Policy and how not to get burned by rank new boots LISTEN. the problem is people think we get paid alot more then we do and do alot less then we do.

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  24. Read a article in The wall ST Journal on How working for the prison is better than a ivy league education. here is some of the highlights. Ivy league students pay 50.000 a year to attend, major debt when graduated.No guarantee of a job, if they get one major hours.If they do have a job work till 65 to retire.Get the jist of this? Retiring with 20 in and still being relativly young PRICELES

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  25. Travel vouchers. Alot of money goes for travel vouchers. I made the mistake of volunteering for what i thought was a day of training in Gatesville as that is where i work. Turned out that it was two days in Huntsville. They gave me what they called a travel voucher for food,travel and hotel expenses. I turned my voucher in at the finance office for a check to cash at a local bank. While waiting for my check i noticed file boxes stacked 3 or 4 high all down the hallway marked travel vouchers. One file box can hold thousands of travel vouchers. Do the math. The training i went for was recreational oversight. No reason for me to go to Huntsville for this. I could have read up on this information and been quized on it without making the trip and wasting tax money. Most of it i already knew from working as a CO.

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  26. What if we work the offenders like we use to from sun up to sun down grow our own fruits and vegetables and raise the live stock to sell or use in the kitchen like the old days instead of babying these offenders letting them sit around watching television playing games or sleeping all day because they stayed up all night singing or talking to their home boys because they are not sleepy and now days the offender call and gripe if they are not comfortable to their family and the family call and start harassing the warden. I feel that it will solve a lot of issues if we go back to the way it was.

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  27. Our unit is always understaffed. I dont know where our executive director is getting that all category one positions are always filled and that we are working in a safe environment. Our category ones only cover the pods, not all the escorts we have to do and we barely cover the pods. Lets cut the executive directors almost half million dollar salary. Lets make all these inmates work. The State has so much land that is just sitting there because the inmates are getting to many restrictions from doctors. Lets stop giving top notch medical care to these inmates, sex changes, artificial limbs, hep c treatment, etc...

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