Paragon Systems

RECENT NEWS

Attention All Members

May 25, 2020

Local 3 Recording Secretary, Dwight Bendigo, has regrettably resigned from his position, effective 05/25/2020.  We like to thank him for his tireless efforts and dedication to our local. We wish him the best.

We are currently looking to fill that position.  If you are interested and are a member in good standing, (12 months dues paying member) please contact Darryl Hill at 714-328-7843. 

Financial assistance update

May 08, 2020

Attention all members: 

A text communication was sent out earlier this week to many members with instructions to send your documents for the COVID-19 financial assistance to VPDarrylHill@Gmail.com.  Due to the multitude of responses received, a new email address was set up. 

 

Please sent your request and required supporting documentation for assistance to Local3FinAssist@Gmail.com. Supporting documentation must include three (3) paystubs reflecting a full-time work schedule (36 Hours or more per week) prior to March 15, 2020 and one (1) paystub showing hours reduced to 30 or less as a result of COVID-19.  If you contracted COVID-19, you only need to submit the medical certificate for verification. We have already forwarded emails messages received, as of today, to the new email address.  You will be sent a reply to acknowledge we received your documents.

Only Financial Assistance correspondence should be sent to this new email address.  All other union business matters should continued to be sent to the primary email address.

 

Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay with your request.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

Sincerely,

Darryl Hill

Local 3 President 

Proposal letter vote result

May 06, 2020

Attention all members: 

Today, the Local 3 Union financial assistance proposal ballots were counted.  The vote count results:

v

101 envelopes received

84 Yes votes

8    No votes

9    Returned To Sender

 

We are currently discussing options of obtaining Officer's work history based on the emergency guidelines for the purpose of issuing relief payments. Stand by for further details.

 

Sincerely,

Darryl Hill

Local 3 President 

Proposal letter

April 28, 2020

Attention all members: 

Due to unforeseen problems with the mailing list, the proposal letters were sent out four days later than expected.  As a result, they are arriving to the members with little or insufficient time to meet the listed mail back date.  Please continue with mailing back your votes.  We will count them on to May 6th.  All ballots received by mail as of that date, will be counted and kept on file.

Our apology for the delay.

 

Sincerely,

Darryl Hill

Local 3 President 

Proposal for members vote

April 21, 2020

The below notice was mailed to your home address on file.  Please open and mark "Yes" if you agree, "No" if you disagree and mail it back by the date below.

SPFPA LOCAL 3
PANDEMIC EMERGENCY 
RELIEF ASSISTANCE (COVID-19)

These are extraordinary times.  A pandemic has beckoned our country.  As of this writing, (810,276) Americans are afflicted with the virus while (44,234) have died. Life as we know it has taken an unfamiliar turn.  In the wake of these events and in support of our members, our local board decided to propose a financial assistance during this crisis. Subject to approval by the Union Members on or before the end of the day of Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

 

Election will be done by mail only. The proposal will be mailed to your last known address on file with the company.

Information on the said election for the motion shall be posted on the website and will likewise be texted and/or emailed to the members.

Any extension of this program will be subject to the prevailing work condition in relation to the pandemic and subject to the Local Board vote. 

 

Qualification: 

Full time members in good standing whose hours were cut to 30 hours or less a week (Paragon)


Detention Officers whose hours were cut to less than 30 hours a week.  On call Officers working the hotels and hospitals whose regular hours were affected by Covid-19 (Spectrum)

 

The shortened hours should be “company enforced” and not a personal choice. Such as a vacation/personal day (s) or sick/military leave. It should likewise not be attributed to a suspension, FMLA or termination.
 

Distribution:

1). A onetime check assistance of $2,000 to any Union member/s infected with Covid-19. The officer will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate.

2) Emergency Financial Assistance to members whose hours were cut.

Officers who are working 30 hours or less will be issued a onetime check of $1,200.


We will try to assist our members as long as our budget allows.  A report on our financial status will be posted on the Local 3 website for transparency.  It is the individual responsibility of the officer to declare and pay the federal and state taxes due for the financial assistance. 

Officers who had a recent change of address or cellphone number should notify the Local Board by email or by text on before Tuesday April 28,2020.

(Subject to any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code)

I believe that together we can weather this.

 

Sincerely,


Darryl Hill
Local 3 President

FAQ: Covid 19

April 9 2020

COVID-19 Related Operational Considerations

April 7, 2020

RE:  Use of Personal Masks
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided additional guidance regarding PPE use and masks as follows: “CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus…Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
 
Effective today, April 7, 2020 Paragon and FPS will allow the use of face coverings as described above by PSO in performance of their duties. “If the PSO cadre uses the cloth PPE outlined by the CDC, it must cover the mouth and nose area of the face. The cloth PPE is expected to be professional in appearance, therefore bandanas and handkerchiefs are not permitted.”
 
“Please note that the PSO cadre should remove their masks when requested by FPS LEOs for PIV verification. Additionally, the PSO cadre should request any visitor with a mask on, to remove their mask during the PIV validation process.”
 
As a tool to assist you in making your own no-sew mask, please see the  YouTube video from Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams. I have also attached a flyer that provides instructions for 3 additional methods that may be used to make a mask.
 
 
If you have any questions regarding this memo, please see your supervisor.
 
 
Regards,
 
Jan Drake
Director, Safety & Risk Management

COVID-19 Related Operational Considerations

April 7, 2020

Date: March 25, 2020


To all Paragon employees:
 

The pandemic emergency caused by the novel coronavirus has begun to significantly affect the security posture at the Federal facilities to which Paragon provides services.  Government requests for services are changing on a day to day basis.  As a result, it is no longer possible to maintain the same shifts and schedules at all facilities, and some changes must be made on short notice.  At the same time, we do not intend to lay off any employees if we can help it:  when this crisis passes, it will be critically important to have a full, credentialed corps of security professionals ready to step in on a few days’ notice.  We want to maintain as much of our staff as possible so we can continue to perform the mission.
 
During this crisis, we will be adjusting schedules to meet the following operational goals: 

  • Keep employees safe and healthy;

  • Continue to cover all posts with fully trained and certified security professionals;

  •  Honor seniority to the greatest extent reasonably possible;

  • Spread out the available hours so that full time employees maintain eligibility for health insurance and part time employees maintain enough hours to stay on contract;

  • Use available down time to catch up on training, using small class sizes under CDC guidance.

 
For employees on bidded shifts under a Collective Bargaining Agreement, we will keep those shifts intact as much as possible.  We may alter shifts so that a 5-day shift becomes 4 days, to give an extra day to an employee whose facility closed, or similar changes of that nature.  We want to keep as many people on contract as we can, while keeping as many people as close to full time as possible.  We will allow liberal use of paid leave for employees who so choose, and we will honor employee seniority wherever possible.
 
Your continued professionalism and dedication during this crisis is a source of great pride to everyone at Paragon Systems.  Thank you for your work.