Board of Directors Elections

2019 CAPS Board of Directors Elections 2019 Election Schedule |  2019 Nominating Petition | 2019 Election Procedures Nominating Petitions Due Friday, August 2, 2019 by 5 p.m. Candidate Statements Due Monday, August 12, 2019 by 5 p.m.   If YOU want to serve your fellow … Read more

Supervisory Proposals Archives

CAPS Supervisory Meet & Confer August 13, 2018 Data Explained Supervisors Meet and Confer Presentation Committee Proposals: Competitive Compensation Package: Balance Salary Levels for all S10 Classes Increase salary levels for all Supervisory classifications that were not included in the August 20, 2014 Pay Letter … Read more

2019 Health Premiums

2019 Vested Health Premium Rates The CalPERS annual health care Open Enrollment period for the 2019 calendar year ended on October 5, 2018.  All changes made during Open Enrollment became effective January 1, 2019. The CAPS MOU requires the state to pay 80% of the … Read more

draft Member Updates

Aren’t receiving CAPS Update Emails? Please contact the CAPS Sacramento office to ensure we have your current email address. View Previous Updates»  Previous Updates» 

March for Science

March For Science May 4!  Marches are being planned throughout California for May 4, 2019.  Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego have announced their marches already. While CAPS isn’t the principal organizer of any of the marches, CAPS does support them with the following message: SCIENCE MATTERS. SCIENTISTS MATTER. CALIFORNIA … Read more

Introduction to Your Union

Introduction to Your Union I’m Automatically Part of the Union, Right? Actually, no! Membership in CAPS is opt-in, meaning that you must actively fill out a member application either in-person or online. Without filling out a membership application, you are considered a non-member in the … Read more

Article 20 – Entire Agreement and Duration

20.1 Entire Agreement A. This Agreement sets forth the full and entire understanding of the parties regarding the matters contained herein, and any other prior or existing understanding or agreement by the parties, whether formal or informal, regarding any such matters are hereby superseded. Except … Read more

Article 19 – Miscellaneous

19.1 Request for Reinstatement After AWOL Separation In any hearing of an automatic resignation (AWOL) pursuant to Government Code Section 19996.2, the hearing officer shall have the discretion to award back pay. Once adopted by the California Department of Human Resources, the hearing officer’s decision … Read more

Article 18 – Permanent Intermittent Appointments

18.1 Permanent Intermittent Appointments A. An “intermittent” position or appointment is a position or appointment in which the employee is to work periodically or for a fluctuating portion of the fulltime work schedule. An intermittent employee may work up to 1,500 hours in any calendar … Read more

Article 17 – Classification

17.1 Classification Changes A. When the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) desires to establish a new classification and assigns it to Bargaining Unit 10 or intends to modify an existing one that is in Bargaining Unit 10, CalHR shall inform CAPS of the proposal … Read more

Article 16 – Transfer and Layoff

16.1 Layoff and Reemployment A. Application. Whenever it is necessary because of a lack of work or funds, or whenever it is advisable in the interest of economy to reduce the number of permanent and/or probationary employees (hereinafter known as “employees’’) in any State agency, … Read more

Article 15 – Career Development

15.1 Release Time for State Civil Service Examinations Employees who are participating in a State civil service examination shall be granted reasonable time off without loss of compensation to participate in an examination if the examination has been scheduled during his/her normal work hours and … Read more

Article 13 – General Provisions

13.1 No Strike A. During the term of this Agreement, neither CAPS nor its agents nor any Bargaining Unit 10 employee, for any reason, will authorize, institute, aid, condone or engage in a work slowdown, work stoppage, strike, or any other interference with the work … Read more

Article 14 – Health and Safety

14.1 Health and Safety Committees A. The parties agree that Joint CAPS/Management Health and Safety Committees are appropriate in many areas of State employment. At CAPS request, each department shall establish at least one Joint CAPS/Management Health and Safety Committee. Additional Joint CAPS/Management Health and … Read more

Article 12 – State Rights

12.1 State Rights A. Except for those rights which are abridged or limited by this Agreement, all rights are reserved to the State. B. Consistent with this Agreement, the rights of the State shall include, but not be limited to, the right to determine the … Read more

Article 11 – Organizational Security

11.1 Organizational Security A. The State agrees to deduct and transmit to CAPS all membership dues authorized on a form provided by CAPS. B. The State and CAPS agree that a system of authorized dues deductions shall be operated in accordance with Government Code Sections … Read more

Article 10 – CAPS’ Representational Rights

10.1 Representational Designation A. The State recognizes and agrees to deal with designated representatives, or CAPS staff on the following: The administration of this contract; 2. Employee discipline cases; 3. Informal settlement conferences or formal hearings conducted by the Public Employment Relations Board; 4. Matters … Read more

Article 9 – Grievance and Arbitration Procedure

9.1 Purpose This grievance procedure shall be used to process and resolve grievances arising under this Agreement and employment-related complaints. The purposes of this procedure are: To resolve grievances informally at the lowest possible level. To provide an orderly procedure for reviewing and resolving grievances … Read more

CAPS 2018-2020 Memorandum of Understanding

CAPS 2018-2020 Memorandum of Understanding Download the MOU (PDF) Order a Hard Copy AGREEMENT between the STATE OF CALIFORNIA and the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS Covering all Unit 10 Professional Scientific Employees July 1, 2018 through July 1, 2020 T A B L E  … Read more

Supervisors

Supervisors Updates by Valerie Chenoweth-Brown, CAPS Supervisor Director July 10 2019 Thank you for your MEMBERSHIP. CAPS is a Union made of highly specialized, technical professionals who take pride in their work and fight daily to ensure that the environment, California’s natural resources, and public … Read more

Article 8 – Retirement

Retirement benefit formulas and contribution rates for State employees are specified in the Government Code as summarized below. No provision of this article shall be deemed grievable or arbitrable under the grievance and arbitration procedure, except any claim of clerical error concerning an employee’s retirement … Read more

State Scientist Day Teacher Registration

Teacher Classroom Registration for State Scientist Day 2019 To ensure that everyone attending State Scientist Day has a terrific experience, the number of attendees has been capped at 3,000. If you did not receive an email invitation to register on this page but would like … Read more

Article 7 – Hours of Work and Overtime

7.1 Meal Period A. Unit 10 employees will normally be allowed a meal period of not less than 30 minutes or more than 60 minutes, which shall be determined by the employee’s supervisor. The meal period will normally be scheduled in the middle of the … Read more

Article 5 – Health and Welfare

5.1 Health, Dental, Vision A.  Health Benefits Contribution Amounts a. The employer health benefits contribution for each employee shall be an amount equal to 80 percent of the weighted average of the Basic health benefit plan premiums for a State active civil service employee enrolled … Read more

Article 4 – Holidays

4.1 Holidays A. All full-time and part-time employees shall be entitled to such observed holidays with pay as provided below, in addition to any official State holidays declared by the Governor. B. Observed holidays shall include January 1, the third Monday in January, the third … Read more

Article 3 – Leaves

3.1 Vacation Leave Employees shall not be entitled to vacation leave credit for the first six (6) months of service. On the first day of the monthly pay period following completion of six (6) qualifying monthly pay periods of continuous service, all full-time employees covered … Read more

Article 2 – Salaries

2.1 Salaries Effective July 1, 2019, all CAPS represented employees shall receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) of 5%. Effective July 1, 2020, all CAPS represented employees shall receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) of 5%. 2.2 Merit Salary Adjustments Employees shall receive annual merit … Read more

Article 1 – Recognition

1.1 Recognition A.  Pursuant to Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) decision S -SR -10, the State recognizes CAPS as the exclusive negotiating agent for all employees in Bargaining Unit 10. B.  Pursuant to Government Code Sections 19815.4 and 3517, CAPS recognizes the Director of the … Read more

Preamble

This AGREEMENT, hereinafter referred to as the Agreement, entered into by the STATE OF CALIFORNIA, hereinafter referred to as the State or the State employer, pursuant to Sections 19815.4 and 3517 of the Government Code, and the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS, hereinafter referred to as CAPS or … Read more

Resources

CalPERS 2020 Health Plan Rates The CalPERS Board of Administration has approved new health care rates for 2020.  The overall average increase over the 2019 rates is 4.65%.  Many plans show improvements over the preliminary rates that were released last month, but not by much. … Read more

2015-2018 CAPS Memorandum of Understanding

Download the 2015-2018 CAPS MOU (PDF) CAPS MOU AGREEMENT between the STATE OF CALIFORNIA and the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS Covering all Unit 10 Professional Scientific Employees July 2, 2015 through July 1, 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS Preamble Article 1 – Recognition Article 2 … Read more

Supervisors Updates Archives

2017   July 6, 2017 General Salary Increase Confirmed. CAPS received notice Friday that the expected 5% and 2% General Salary Increases that were included for Unit 10 Supervisors in the May Budget Revise are confirmed and will be executed as of July 1, 2017. … Read more

CAPS Discussion Forum

The CAPS Discussion Forum was developed to provide a place to discuss details of the Unit 10 Classification Reform and other important topics during times of negotiations.  CAPS wants you to evaluate negotiated topics for yourself and to ask questions or provide feedback via the … Read more

Your CAPS Bargaining Team

Stephanie Lewis, Chair Environmental Scientist Dept. of Toxic Substances Control Chatsworth *protected email* Justin Garcia Environmental Scientist Department of Fish and Wildlife Sacramento *protected email* Margarita Gordus Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Fresno *protected email* Jim McCall Staff Chemist Dept. of … Read more

Get Involved

CAPS Local Representatives CAPS’ Eyes and Ears at the Workplace CAPS Local Representatives (LRs) aid in the facilitation of communication between the Board, staff and members at their worksites. Their duties include, but are not limited to, disseminating CAPS information including that from Board meetings, … Read more

Home

California Association of Professional Scientists JOIN CAPS CAPS is an organization of scientific civil servants who protect public health, the environment, and California’s natural resources. This member website provides our members with information about their union, important news and upcoming events, and ways to get … Read more

DGS Union Presentation

New O Street Office Building and New NaturalResources Headquarters Building Project Overview» June 2018

State Scientists Support the CAPS Bargaining Team

On June 12, 2013 three Environmental Scientists and two Public Health Microbiologists made the following presentations to Governor Brown’s bargaining team in support of higher salaries. Environmental Scientists Jon Marshack, Jeremiah Puget and David Rist (07:53)  Public Health Microbiologists Jan Lidgard and Cassandra McQuaid (05:21) 

CAPS Legal Actions

CAPS Challenges Supervision of Sr. Environmental Scientist Specialists Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Lawsuit Pending  June 26, 2019 CAPS’ challenge to the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s use of the Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor class remains pending at the Court of Appeals. The case was appealed on … Read more

Infographics and Flyers

Facts About Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (ENDI) Infographic Parental Leave Infographic Infographic | Printable PDF Workplace Bullying Infographics Bullying vs. Harassment Infographic | Printable PDF Workplace Bullying – A Quick Guide Infographic | Printable PDF Workplace Bullying – Rights and Resources Infographic | Printable PDF Workplace Bullying – Steps to Remedy Infographic | Printable PDF Resources … Read more

Parental Leave – Infographic

Parental Leave Infographic | Printable PDF Resources for Members Parental Leave – Infographic Workplace Bullying – Infographics & Answers  CAPS Member Benefits Local Rep Application Out of Class Claims Made Easy –Out of Class Claim Audit Form State Personnel Board Job Listings Telework Policy Useful … Read more

Article 20 – Entire Agreement and Duration

[av_font_icon color=’#636363′ font=’entypo-fontello’ icon=’ue838′ size=’13px’ position=’right’ link=” linktarget=” av_uid=’av-37q5x8′] Printer Friendly File   20.1 Entire Agreement A. This Agreement sets forth the full and entire understanding of the parties regarding the matters contained herein, and any other prior or existing understanding or agreement by the … Read more

Article 19 – Miscellaneous

Printer Friendly File   19.1 Request for Reinstatement After AWOL Separation In any hearing of an automatic resignation (AWOL) pursuant to Government Code Section 19996.2, the hearing officer shall have the discretion to award back pay. Once adopted by the California Department of Human Resources, … Read more

Article 18 – Permanent Intermittent Appointments

Printer Friendly File   18.1 Permanent Intermittent Appointments A. An “intermittent” position or appointment is a position or appointment in which the employee is to work periodically or for a fluctuating portion of the fulltime work schedule. An intermittent employee may work up to 1,500 … Read more

Article 17 – Classification

Printer Friendly File 17.1 Classification Changes A. When the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) desires to establish a new classification and assigns it to Bargaining Unit 10 or intends to modify an existing one that is in Bargaining Unit 10, CalHR shall inform CAPS … Read more

Article 16 – Transfer and Layoff

[av_font_icon color=’#636363′ font=’entypo-fontello’ icon=’ue838′ size=’13px’ position=’right’ link=” linktarget=” av_uid=’av-2nq000′] Printer Friendly File   16.1 Layoff and Reemployment A. Application. Whenever it is necessary because of a lack of work or funds, or whenever it is advisable in the interest of economy to reduce the number of permanent … Read more

Article 15 – Career Development

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Article 14 – Health and Safety

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Article 13 – General Provisions

[av_font_icon color=’#636363′ font=’entypo-fontello’ icon=’ue838′ size=’13px’ position=’right’ link=” linktarget=” av_uid=’av-237txv’] Printer Friendly File   13.1 No Strike A. During the term of this Agreement, neither CAPS nor its agents nor any Bargaining Unit 10 employee, for any reason, will authorize, institute, aid, condone or engage in … Read more

Article 12 – State Rights

Printer Friendly File   12.1 State Rights A. Except for those rights which are abridged or limited by this Agreement, all rights are reserved to the State. B. Consistent with this Agreement, the rights of the State shall include, but not be limited to, the … Read more

Article 11 – Organizational Security

Printer Friendly File   11.1 Organizational Security A. The State agrees to deduct and transmit to CAPS all membership dues authorized on a form provided by CAPS. B. Fair Share or “Agency Shop” (hereinafter known as “Fair Share”) in Unit 10 shall be in effect … Read more

Article 10 – CAPS’ Representational Rights

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Article 9 – Grievance and Arbitration Procedure

Printer Friendly File   9.1 Purpose A. This grievance procedure shall be used to process and resolve grievances arising under this Agreement and employment-related complaints. B. The purposes of this procedure are: 1. To resolve grievances informally at the lowest possible level. 2. To provide … Read more

Article 8 – Retirement

Printer Friendly File   Retirement benefit formulas and contribution rates for State employees are specified in the Government Code as summarized below. No provision of this article shall be deemed grievable or arbitrable under the grievance and arbitration procedure, except any claim of clerical error … Read more

Article 7 – Hours of Work and Overtime

Printer Friendly File   7.1 Meal Period A. Unit 10 employees will normally be allowed a meal period of not less than 30 minutes or more than 60 minutes which shall be determined by the employee’s supervisor. The meal period will normally be scheduled in … Read more

Article 6 – Business and Travel Expenses

  6.1 Business and Travel Expenses The State agrees to reimburse employees for actual, necessary and appropriate business expenses and travel expenses incurred 50 miles or more from home and headquarters, in accordance with existing CalHR rules and set forth below. Lodging and/or meals provided … Read more

Article 5 – Health and Welfare

Printer Friendly File   5.1 Health, Dental, Vision A.Health Benefit Plans 1. Contribution Amounts a.  Upon ratification, the employer health benefits contribution for each employee shall be an amount equal to 80 percent of the weighted average of the Basic health benefit plan premiums for … Read more

Article 4 – Holidays

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Article 3 – Leaves

Printer Friendly File 3.1 Vacation Leave A. Employees shall not be entitled to vacation leave credit for the first six (6) months of service. On the first day of the monthly pay period following completion of six (6) qualifying monthly pay periods of continuous service, … Read more

Article 2 – Salaries

2.1 Salaries A. CAPS eligible employees shall receive a General Salary increase (GSI) of 5% effective July 1, 2016. B. CAPS eligible employees shall receive a General Salary increase (GSI) of 5% effective July 1, 2017. C. CAPS eligible employees shall receive a General Salary … Read more

Article 1 – Recognition

Printer Friendly File 1.1 Recognition A.  Pursuant to Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) decision S -SR -10, the State recognizes CAPS as the exclusive negotiating agent for all employees in Bargaining Unit 10. B.  Pursuant to Government Code Sections 19815.4 and 3517, CAPS recognizes the … Read more

Preamble

  This AGREEMENT, hereinafter referred to as the Agreement, entered into by the STATE OF CALIFORNIA, hereinafter referred to as the State or the State employer, pursuant to Sections 19815.4 and 3517 of the Government Code, and the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS, hereinafter referred … Read more

Become a CAPS Local Representative

  CAPS Local Representatives (LRs) aid in the facilitation of communication between the Board, staff and members at their worksites. Their duties include, but are not limited to, disseminating CAPS information including that from Board meetings, in conjunction with CAPS staff coordinating worksite meetings (i.e. … Read more

Mentoring Information from the CAPS MOU

California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) Mentoring Leave Information from the 2015-2018 CAPS MOU CAPS Members, Thank you for volunteering for the CAPS Mentoring Program! We appreciate your dedication to scientific education and support of your community. CAPS is a proud and dedicated sponsor of … Read more

CAPS SoCal Mentoring Program

Mentoring Brochure  |  Mentoring Flyer Introducing the CAPS Mentoring Program for Southern California! We want YOU to get involved!   What is the CAPS Mentoring Program? The CAPS Mentoring Program is a pilot program developed by the CAPS Public Relations Committee that aims to encourage and … Read more

Volunteer as a CAPS Science Mentor

Mentoring Brochure  |  Mentoring Flyer Volunteer as a CAPS Science Mentor CAPS needs scientific experts like you to help with school and community program classes to mentor students in seventh and eighth grades in the southern California area. The goal is to develop student interest in … Read more

Salary Equity for ALL State Scientists

During February 2016, CAPS members ratified an MOU that reduces a longstanding salary inequity with three consecutive annual 5% salary increases. Unfortunately, when that MOU expires on July 1, 2018, the salaries of Rank and File State Scientists will still be approximately 28% behind their … Read more

Fighting Back on Retirement Benefits

July 11, 2019 CALIFORNIA NEWS Portola Valley school district’s budget sound, but $1.2 million in cuts may come if parcel tax isn’t renewed https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2019/07/09/portola-valley-school-districts-budget-sound-but-12-million-in-cuts-may-come-if-parcel-tax-isnt-renewed NATIONAL NEWS When Millions Can’t Afford to Retire, the U.S. Needs a Better Option https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/public-option-can-ease-retirement-crisis/593722/ Millions in US taxpayers’ money invested … Read more

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program U.S. Department of Education   Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Q&As  |  Employment Certification Form    The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under … Read more

Classification Reform

CalHR Makes Reclass Proposals April 17, 2017 CalHR sent us three new proposals to reclassify state scientists. One addresses the entire Research Scientist series, and the other addresses “Energy Specialist.” The Energy Specialist proposal is divided between rank-and-file and “excluded” employees (that means supervisors and … Read more

CAPS T-Shirts

Wear Your CAPS T-Shirt on Science Fridays! For Members Only: Get Your CAPS T-Shirt The CAPS Directors in June 2017 adopted a Science Friday Resolution that calls on all California State Scientists to wear a CAPS t-shirt every Friday workday to show solidarity and support … Read more

How to Use Twitter

Establish Your Twitter Account – then Follow CAPS! CAPS sends regular important information tidbits via Twitter, and you should receive them. If you’re not sure how to establish a Twitter account, here is a tutorial that should help: Step 1: Go to twitter.com   Step … Read more

CAPS Media Campaign

Science Matters.  Scientists Matter.  California State Scientists. CAPS media program serves members by publicly promoting the vital work of California state scientists who protect our natural resources, safeguard public health, and defend our abundant agricultural economy.  Whether through paid advertisements, social media or aggressive pursuit … Read more

CAPS Opposes Reclassification Abolishment

The week of November 28 CAPS sent CalHR a letter opposing abolishing any Unit 10 classification, or any state scientific classification related to Unit 10 (that includes any S10 and M10 classifications), unless the abolishment process includes two things: a comprehensive review of the classification … Read more

Pensions Q&A

November 2016 Is state spending for pensions soaring? Pensions are one of the smallest percentages of state spending – and increases for pensions have been slower than the overall increase in state spending. Pension costs represent about 3.2 percent of total state spending for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget. In comparison, … Read more

Contract Answers Made Easy

We can help you understand the CAPS MOU.  Your CAPS Bargaining Team has put together the following series of brief, easy to view videos to explain many of the more significant contract sections.  You will not only find these videos informative, they are bound to … Read more

CAPS-Sponsored Insurance

Life, Disability, Auto and Homeowners’ Insurance Sponsored by CAPS Good news for those members with coverage under CAPS’ sponsored optional life insurance from The Standard. Premiums for “Supplemental” (the first $30,000 unit) and all “Supplemental Plus” (additional life insurance) have been reduced roughly 10% due to our excellent … Read more

Merit Issue Complaint

CAPS Challenges Supervision of Sr. Env. Scientist Specialists CAPS Files Brief Challenging ES Supervision CAPS Petitions Court to Issue Writ of Mandate SPB Reply to Merit Issue Complaint CalHR Response to CAPS Merit Issue Complaint ES Merit Issue Complaint August 16, 2016 CAPS Attorneys this … Read more

CAPS Dependent Scholarships

2019 Scholarships for Members’ Dependents Any CAPS member with a dependent in college, or bound for college in the Fall, may apply for a cash scholarship!  No family may receive more than one CAPS scholarship per lifetime.  To qualify, the CAPS dependent must be enrolled … Read more

Supervisory Committee Proposals

Supervisor’s Meet & Confer Monday, June 24, 2019 Your CAPS Supervisors Committee met on June 24th with Governor Newsom’s representative for excluded employees at CalHR. There was one member from the Governor’s team present and six CAPS supervisory members from different areas of the state, … Read more

Salary Schedule 2015-2018

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Article 20 – Entire Agreement and Duration

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Article 19 – Miscellaneous

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Article 18 – Permanent Intermittent Appointments

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Article 17 – Classification

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Article 16 – Transfer and Layoff

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Article 15 – Career Development

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Article 13 – General Provisions

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Reed/DeMaio Retirement Measure

California Pension Reform Coalition to Focus on 2018 Ballot Statement from former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio (R) and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D): After conversations with members of their coalition and key donors, we have decided to re-file at least one … Read more

CAPS Bargaining Surveys

2018 CAPS August 2018 Bargaining Questionnaire Results March 2018 CAPS Bargaining Questionnaire Results (password is member)  

CAPS Board of Directors Election

   [ CAPS 2017 ELECTION PACKET ] Board of Directors Candidates Office Sought Candidate’s Name State Department State Classification  Candidate Statement President Patty Velez CDFW – Monterey Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Candidate Statement President Patti Rich-Crawford CDPH – Richmond Research Scientist I (Chemical Science) Candidate Statement … Read more

CAPS Bargaining

2018 Bargaining Updates   December 6, 2018 This week, we reported that CAPS filed a grievance directly with CalHR seeking to implement all of the new Unit 10 MOU’s pay and benefit provisions immediately.  Regrettably, to date, those provisions have not been extended.  CAPS continues … Read more

CAPS Bargaining Archives

2015 CAPS Video: California State Scientists – Important Work Deserves Fair Pay (12/2015) We Made NOISE: Bargaining Update (11/20/2015) State Scientists to Protest Salary Inequity on November 19 – Press Release (11/17/ 2015) November 19 RALLY (11/16/2015) CAPS MOU Rejected (10/6/2015) CalHR Legislative Summary (9/4/2015) Legislative Analyst (LAO) Unit … Read more

Your CAPS Supervisors Meet and Confer Team

Valerie Brown, Chairperson Senior Health Physicist (DTSC – Sacramento) Barbara Materna Research Scientist Manager (CDPH – Richmond) Michael Anderson Senior Toxicologist (CDFW – Sacramento) Gregory Ledbetter Supervising Veterinarian (CDFA – Tulare) David Martasian Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor (DWR – Sacramento)

Making Noise: Salary Equity Now!

The CAPS Team is pushing hard for SALARY EQUITY NOW!  You can too.  Submit YOUR petition, YOUR picture, or anything else that demonstrates YOUR support for SALARY EQUITY NOW!  Circumstances may differ somewhat from one department, classification and even work location, so individual efforts may … Read more

State Scientists Support the CAPS Bargaining Team

On June 12, 2013 three Environmental Scientists and two Public Health Microbiologists made the following presentations to Governor Brown’s bargaining team in support of higher salaries. Environmental Scientists Jon Marshack, Jeremiah Puget and David Rist (07:53)  Public Health Microbiologists Jan Lidgard and Cassandra McQuaid (05:21) 

February 2, 2015 Reclass Update

Phase 2 of the CAPS Reclassification and Pay Project will begin on February 19 with the first meeting between CAPS and CalHR devoted to salary and benefit negotiations.  The goal of the CAPS Bargaining Team is salary equity for ALL state scientists. Upcoming negotiations include both … Read more

CAPS Outstanding Young Scientist Competition

CAPS Congratulates the 2018 Outstanding Young Scientist   CAPS Outstanding Young Scientist (center) Nina Patel, and runners-up Amaya Bechler (left), and Chloe Kim. 2018 CAPS Outstanding Young Scientist Announced It has been a longstanding goal of CAPS to promote scientific education to the young scientists … Read more

Article 20 – Entire Agreement and Duration

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Article 19 – Miscellaneous

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Article 18 – Permanent Intermittent Appointments

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Article 17 – Classification

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Article 16 – Transfer and Layoff

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Article 12 – State Rights

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Preamble

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Catastrophic Leave Donations for Fellow Scientists

State Scientist at Fish and Wildlife Needs Our Help Rebecca Barboza, a CAPS member at Region 5 at the Department of Fish and Wildlife, is requesting catastrophic leave donations. The following leave credits may be donated as catastrophic leave: CTO, Personal Leave, Annual Leave, Vacation, … Read more

State Scientist Day

2019 State Scientist Day State Scientists Day 2019 was a tremendous success!  CAPS thanks all of the state departments who explained their work to hundreds of schoolchildren.  This year’s event showcased the important work performed by state scientists to protect public health and the environment. … Read more

Special Fund Furlough Lawsuit

CAPS v. Schwarzenegger (Second Furlough Lawsuit) During July 2009 Governor Schwarzenegger added a THIRD unpaid furlough day to the mandatory program. On July 24, CAPS challenged it with another lawsuit, this one challenging the governor’s executive order authority to implement and extend furloughs to state … Read more

CAPS Student Outreach Programs

CAPS Science Fair Program The CAPS Science Fair Program takes place annually during the science fair season, March through April.  The goal of the program is to provide recognition to students and encourage them to continue developing their scientific interests. CAPS representatives from all over … Read more

CAPS MOU Ratified

CAPS MOU Ratified September 11, 2014 CAPS MOU Ratification Election Results CAPS members overwhelmingly approved the new CAPS MOU when ballots were counted earlier today. The final count was 1,171 in favor (86.87%), and just 177 opposed (13.13%).  The final tally, certified by Trueballot, can be … Read more

Governor Brown’s Pension Changes

August 28, 2012 Governor Brown today released details of his plan to change pensions for ALL California public employees.  His proposals will soon be in legislative bill form which he will seek to have enacted prior to the adjournment of the state Legislature this Friday.  … Read more

CAPS 2017 – 2019 Board of Directors

Patty Velez, President Senior ES (Specialist) Department of Fish and Wildlife Monterey *protected email* Stephanie Lewis, Treasurer Environmental Scientist Dept. of Toxic Substances Control Chatsworth *protected email* Brittany Sheahan, District I Director Environmental Scientist Dept. of Toxic Substances Control San Diego *protected email* Justin Garcia, … Read more

Attachment – Salary Schedule

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State Scientists: Exhibit at State Scientist Day

State Scientist Day 2019 State Scientist Day is nothing without the participation of state scientists!  CAPS designates this day to showcase the important work performed by state scientists to protect public health, the environment, and California’s natural resources.  CAPS leaders and staff organize this event … Read more

Useful Links

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program California Scientists Against Shortchanging the Environment Track a Bill through the Legislature State Personnel Board PERS Member Information and Retirement Benefits Information State Employee Bargaining Unit Contracts Contact the Governor via e-mail or visit the website

Teachers’ Information for State Scientist Day

Teachers:  How to Register for State Scientist Day For the past thirty years, State Scientists have come together to show third- through sixth-grade students the work that real-life scientists do in a hands-on, exciting, fun way! The event takes place on the West Steps of … Read more

Furloughs

CAPS Furlough Win is Final October 22, 2014   The State has decided not to ask the State Supreme Court to review the CAPS furlough win.  This means the appellate court decision is final and that all scientists that held a rank-and-file position and were … Read more

Read Capsule, Our Newsletter

This Month’s Issue Back Issues This Month’s Issue June 2019 Read the Current Issue of CAPSule Back Issues Capsule Archives 2019 April 2019 Issue March 2019 Issue February 2019 Issue January 2019 Issue 2018 December 2018 Issue November 2018 Issue October 2018 Issue July 2018 … Read more

Supervisors Meet and Confers

CAPS Supervisory Meet & Confer Proposals – 8/14/2018 CAPS Files Legal Brief In ES Supervisors Challenge – 1/22/2018 Supervisors Proposal – 2/16/2017 Supervisors Additional Compensation Proposal Information to CalHR – 4/15/2016 CAPS Supervisory Meet & Confer Proposals – 3/28/2016 ES Merit Issue Complaint CalHR Response to CAPS … Read more

Supervisors FAQs

CAPS has represented supervisors in their employment relationship with state management since 1984. This Q&A is written to provide important background on the employment relationship between state supervisors and state management. It also encourages state scientific supervisors to join CAPS, something you can do online … Read more

Like Pay for Like Work Lawsuit

Like Pay for Like Work History and Lawsuit   Government Code Regarding LPLW and Retirement Response from CalPERS: How LPLW Will Be Implemented for Retirement September 15, 2014 LPLW – Government Code Describing PERS Retirement Implementation LPLW Pay Raises Implemented August 20, 2014 Earlier today, … Read more

Group Term Life, AD&D and Dependents Insurance

Sponsored by the California Association of Professional Scientists How to Apply Download and review the material outlined in the brochure.  Review the material and make sure you understand the insurance information including rates, term and amounts available. To apply, download and print the Application Form. … Read more

CAPS Professional Development Grants

CAPS awards four professional development grants of $400 each quarter to qualifying CAPS members. Recipients are chosen in January, April, July and October and applications should be submitted before these months in order to be eligible for the next selection. These grants provide support for … Read more

Member Benefits

Strength in Numbers! State Scientists are stronger together, working as one. Without a single, unified voice speaking up for ALL of us on employment and professional issues, we depend on the good faith and largesse of the Governor and the state legislature. We’ve been there, before collective … Read more

Update Your Records

If you need to send CAPS a new address, e-mail address, phone number, or other change, you may send us your information via secure server here. You may also provide it via phone by calling your nearest CAPS Office. If you would like to change change … Read more

CAPS Districts

POSITION NAME DISTRICT REPRESENTED President Patty Velez Statewide Vice President Jim McCall Statewide Treasurer Stephanie Lewis Statewide Secretary Margarita Gordus Statewide Director District I Brittany Sheahan Statewide Director District II Kelley Aubushon District II Director District III Justin Garcia District III Director District IV David … Read more

Salary Surveys

Salary Relationships and Surveys Rank and File State Scientist and State Engineer Salary Relationships (1/31/2017) Rank and File Senior State Scientist and Senior State Engineer Salary Relationships  (1/31/2017) Rank and File Senior Salary Relationships – Research Scientist added  (1/31/2017) Supervisory State Scientist and Supervisory State Engineer Salary … Read more

CAPS Board Meeting Schedule

2018 – 2019 CAPS Board Meeting Schedule   Members are Welcome to Attend Every meeting of the Board of Directors is open to the CAPS membership. These meetings are conducted primarily for the purpose of conducting CAPS official business in accordance with a structured agenda. … Read more

Join CAPS

Member Benefits»   To become a CAPS member, you may complete the following application, which is sent via email or click here for the printable application (PDF) and sign and mail or fax it to the CAPS Office at: CAPS455 Capitol Mall, Suite 500Sacramento, CA 95814FAX:  … Read more

Contact

Please contact the CAPS office nearest you: Sacramento 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 500 Sacramento, CA 95814 General E-Mail:  *protected email* Voice: (916) 441-2629 Fax: (916) 442-4182 Ted Toppin, Legislative Director – *protected email* Bianca Petzold, Staff Director and Event Coordinator – *protected email* Nadia Compton, Administrative Assistant … Read more

Reclassification Project

CAPS Reclassification Project Discussion Forum Reclassification Project February 2, 2015 Reclass Update CAPS will resume its work with CalHR and the various departments that employ scientists immediately after ratification.  CAPS’ goals are to address salaries for each level in the series, increase promotional opportunities, increase … Read more

About CAPS

CAPS is Dedicated to YOU! CAPS was formed in 1984 by state scientists for state scientists.  Thoughtful State Scientists at the time wanted a union dedicated solely to the employment and professional needs of State Scientists, not get lost with thousands of other unrelated state employee groups.  So CAPS … Read more

Salary Surveys

Salary Surveys  Salary surveys jointly agreed to by both Cal HR and CAPS in the current MOU (section 17.3) show a salary lag of between 16% and 40% for three state scientific classifications that are representative of most state scientists, and based on educational achievement: … Read more

Travel Assist

Travel Assist (Formerly MEDEX Travel Assist).  Get medical, security, legal and travel assistance for CAPS members and their eligible family members when traveling more than 100 miles from home or internationally, for trips of up to 180 days.  That means a comprehensive program of information, … Read more