LA County Probation Dept. update: COVID-19 concerns and Client Training Manual top our union’s JLM meeting agenda

LA COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT MEMBERS: We have important news to report from our monthly Joint Labor Management (JLM) meeting.

COVID-19 Update

Client meetings

Our union noted that Deputy Probation Officers (DPOs) are holding client meetings outside the office but still bringing paperwork directly back into the office. The Probation Department responded that the rate of COVID-19 transmission from paperwork is very low and that it was an operational need for DPOs to meet with clients outside the office.

We agreed that face masks and social distancing mandates must be enforced. And if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the Probation Department will use guidelines set by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to conduct a COVID-19 contact tracing process that determines which employees to notify and what areas to deep-clean.

Vaccine roll-out

Probation Department employees are on Tier B for the vaccine but LA County isn’t at the Tier IB phase yet. Once LA County is at Tier 1B, the Probation Department will start offering the vaccine to employees who have direct contact with the public. Then the rest of us in Tier 1B will get it.

In the meantime, don’t let down your guard. Wear your face mask, socially distance and wash your hands frequently.


We reiterated our support for a Clerical Training Manual. That way, all Probation Department clerical procedures will be standardized across all Probation Department offices.

Head Clerks are gathering monthly and assembling the manual. The goal for completion is November 2021.


We’d like to thank everyone serving on the JLM Committee.

Union stewards

Veronica Johnson – Ryan Evans – Barbara Alcorn – Jan Pearson – Gwen Anderson – Valerie Franklin – Marchelle English – Cari Kenny – Michael Jones – Tony Candler – Ivan Davis

Probation Department, Employee Relations Division

Dwana Walton – Stacey Simpson – Mayra Anaya – Trillann Minor – Shanda Williams

Note: Our union requests Subject Matter Experts from the Management/Executive Team to speak to items on agenda when necessary.


Our union stewards meet with Probation Department management representatives on the fourth Thursday of each month. Our next JLM meeting is on Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021.

If you have worksite issues you want to address, please contact your Steward or Work Site Organizer (WSO). If you don’t know who they are, feel free to call our SEIU 721 Member Connection at (877) 721-4968.

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