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September 19 & 20, 2014

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3663 East Guasti Rd
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Note: Deadline for reservations at the discounted rate is August 22nd.

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Author: ACSS Communications Created: 11/13/2008 5:13 PM
Keeping members current with the latest news about ACSS and state excluded employees.

A new report from the Legislative Analyst's Office says in its introduction: "The state’s revenue collapse is so dramatic and the underlying economic factors are so weak that we forecast huge budget shortfalls through 2013-14 absent corrective action." The only hope the state has, the report says, is to "begin laying the groundwork now." The report does suggest some solutions (click on the headline to read them here). The LAO on Nov. 11 also issued an assessment of the governor's proposals.

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You, as a state worker, now face a 5 percent pay cut and the loss of two paid holidays. Are the legislators who will vote on the budget proposal also taking cuts? They're not. The governor doesn't control the legislators' pay, so the proposed cuts don't affect them. This has riled many state workers, according to Jon Ortiz's The State Worker column in The Sacramento Bee today. What do you think? We'd like to hear your opinions, at lholderness@calcsea.org, and probably so would Jon at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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New information! "Reaching New Heights Together," the 11th annual CSEA Women's Conference March 27-29 at the Sacramento Holiday Inn, is accepting sponsorships and orders for ad space and exhibit tables. The conference examines such topics as financial planning, technology and work-life balance with a focus on women's issues. For more information, email dmcgowan@calcsea.org.

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The ACSS executive board and several staff members met yesterday in a meet-and-confer session with DPA Director Dave Gilb and Deputy Director Debbie Endsley.

“We are committed to doing whatever we can to make the lives of excluded employees better,” ACSS President Olin King said. ACSS made it clear to DPA that any salary increases or improvements that are negotiated for rank and file should be passed on to excluded employees.

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The ACSS executive board and staff, led by newly elected President Olin King, met Nov. 13 at the headquarters office to discuss the vision for the organization's future. The minutes from that meeting will be posted when they are approved.

Some of the points we talked about:

  • Developing a vision statement that reflects our role as the preeminent excluded-employee organization.
  • Increasing membership 5 percent per year. Some ideas: more contact with department heads, urgent outreach to non-SEIU bargaining units, a survey to learn supervisors' issues, establishing an "army" of advocates.
  • Increasing chapter membership and participation with more interaction and contact.
  • Encouraging district office visits. Keeping in contact with legislators is one of the most effective ways to make sure our issues are considered.

We welcome your own vision for ACSS' future. If you register and log on, you will be able to post your own comments on these articles.

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Welcome to our new look. The ACSS staff has been reorganizing this Web site with the goal of giving you more up-to-date news and making it easier for you to find the information you want.
 
You’ll notice some differences right away. The home page now contains a blog (what’s a blog?). This lets us inform you almost daily of issues that may interest you. It also lets you send us your comments. Many of them -- though not all -- will be publicly posted on the site.

You also may find that some of the information you’re used to seeing isn’t here. We’ve taken several pieces of the old Web site offline while we continue to organize this one. Nearly everything will be back, though you may have to look in new places for what you want.

We've replaced the old banner with a smaller and more functional one. The logo makes it clear what site this is and also takes you, no matter what page you're on, back to the home page. Eventually, we'll display photos of all 12 chapters. They change each time you move to a new page. If your chapter isn't in the rotation and you have a scenic picture you'd like to share -- one that can be made into a skinny horizontal -- please let us know.

Please let us know, too, what you think of this Web site. What do you want to find here? What would make it more useful for you? What is or isn't working? Please email your comments to lholderness@calcsea.org.

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State workers take a couple of hits in the Sacramento Bee this morning. A source quoted in The State Worker column says he has no sympathy for a "measly 5 percent" paycut. A measure just passed in Orange County indicates the feeling may be widespread and could bear ominous consequences  To respond to the article, email jortiz@sacbee.com. The State Worker blog asks a disturbing question: Does the state have too many managers and supervisors? We encourage you to post a response. 

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(Nov. 12) The budget problem keeps getting bigger and bleaker. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor issued a report Monday that projects a $27.8 billion shortfall over the next 20 months. Taylor, who called the current budget crisis “just truly awful,” generally supports the governor’s plan but suggests changes. Among them: reduce the sales tax hike to 1 cent; reduce education cuts; and increase the vehicle license fee.

One hopeful note for state employees: As reported in The Sacramento Bee, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg both oppose the furlough. And, yes, if you’ve wondered, that furlough would not affect legislators or the Legislature’s employees. To members: How about sending letters of support to Bass and Steinberg through our Legislative Action Center? Use the alphabetical links to call up their email forms.

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In what is probably good news for state workers, the governor's budget plan apparently isn't likely to pass as proposed -- or any time soon. The governor's plan to close the $11 billion gap puts an unfair burden on state workers. "Don't bet on" solving the crisis in this session, writes the San Francisco Chronicle today. The plan is a "collection of already rejected ideas, supported by almost no one," says The Sacramento Bee.

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No surprise: State workers are steaming over Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposals to cut their pay and eliminate holidays, writes The State Worker columnist Jon Ortiz of The Sacramento Bee. In his long list of proposed cuts, the governor wants to furlough state workers one day a month for 19 months, ax two paid holidays, end overtime pay for working on holidays and reduce overtime compensation. He also wants to raise the sales tax to more than 9 percent and tax additional services. ACSS is opposing the cuts on state workers. Today's Bee also publishes the details of the budget plan, with reactions. They're worth checking out.

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ACSS President Olin King urges members to let the governor and legislators know you oppose the proposed budget cuts on state employees. "The budget problem affects all the 38 million people of the state of California and is not an excluded-employee problem," King said. "These employees should not be bearing a disproportionate burden to deal with this issue. We oppose the governor's proposed budget cuts to state workers vehemently, and we urge our members to contact their state representatives to voice their opinions."

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According to The Sacramento Bee, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata says he would support raising revenues to help close the budget gap by restoring vehicle license fees and taxing offshore oil production. The gap is projected to be massive: $11.2 billion this year and $13 billion more next year. Gov. Schwarzenegger is expected to reveal his plan for closing the gap today.

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ACSS participated in an invitation-only phone briefing led by the governor’s staff this morning to discuss the state budget deficit.

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Vice President Olin King was unanimously elected ACSS president at the Oct. 25 board meeting in Sacramento. Twelve-year President Tim Behrens is retiring from state service and stepped down. King is from Chapter 511 in the Los Angeles area. Director Arlene Espinoza, of Sacramento Chapter 503, was unanimously elected vice president. The next board meeting is Jan. 9-11 in Sacramento.

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(Oct. 23) When state workers face paycuts, or wages that don't keep up with inflation, or if they lose their jobs, their local economies suffer, reports The State Worker column today. State workers put an estimated $15 million a day into the economy of the Sacramento area alone, SEIU estimates.

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