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Q3 Board Meeting

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September 19 & 20, 2014

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Embassy Suites Ontario - Airport
3663 East Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761

NOTE: You need your chapter president's prior approval before attending a board meeting in order to have your expenses reimbursed.

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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.

Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters writes that cutting prison expenses is necessary to fix the budget. He also discusses the impact of the vehicle license fee that Schwarzenegger cut when he came into office.

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Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette has ruled Gov. Schwarzenegger can furlough state workers and ordered Controller John Chiang to implement the furlough plan. The furlough will cut state workers' pay by about 10 percent until June 30, 2010. We will update this information as it becomes available. The Sacramento Bee's story quotes a response by Chaing. In the meantime, we would like to have your comments. You must be registered and logged in to comment, but registration is easy and free. You'll be able to read others' comments, too.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger said yesterday if he loses the case to implement the furloughs, he will lay off state workers. The Sacramento Bee quotes the governor as saying, "I have the authority as the governor ... to lay off the amount of people necessary."

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We're focused on Gov. Schwarzenegger's furlough plan, but member Bill Rigole of CDVA alerted us to this interesting article from MSNBC online giving a more national perspective. The article, by Eve Tahmincioglu in MSNBC's "Your Career" column, doesn't say furloughs are illegal, but it does caution there are "clear no-nos under federal and state labor laws." They're worth reading.

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The Sacramento Bee has laid out an easy-to-follow guide on the hearing in Sacramento Superior Court tomorrow on the labor unions' challenge to the governor's furlough plan. It lists players, history, elements of the governor's proposal and a bit of legal background. ACSS is not a party to the lawsuit but is planning to file a "friend of the court" brief in support of the challengers.

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The Ventura County Star has published an excellent column by Thomas Elias pointing out the gross inequities of the budget cuts. A 10 percent pay cut hurts low-income state workers far more than it does the six-figure ones. Corporations get property tax breaks of billions of dollars a year, yet public school children (but not necessarily private school kids) are being cheated out of school days. If a couple of major loopholes were closed and the vehicle licensing fee were restored, Elias says, the budget shortfall could be nearly resolved. (Thanks to Vice President Arlene Espinoza for passing this along to us.)

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The 2009 CSEA Women's Conference celebrates women "Reaching New Heights Together" March 27-29. The weekend begins with a Friday evening reception, 7 to 9 p.m., welcoming special guests Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and his wife, Patti Garamendi. Saturday features workshops designed to promote women's leadership skills, including networking tips, technology and financial planning. A Sunday brunch will be enlivened by motivational speaker (and humorist) Dixie Schneider. Registration is $165. Detailed information and a registration form are in the event brochure at the above link.

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CAPT, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, has filed a lawsuit contending the governor's furlough proposal is illegal. The suit argues psych techs would have to work their regular shifts in 24-hour facilities because staffing is tight, which would result in a 10 percent paycut without time off. According to the suit, this violates the Fair Labor Standards Act. No hearing date has been set.

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State Controller John Chiang says he will defer payments on $3.7 billion worth of bills beginning next Sunday if a budget isn't approved. Some of the hits: Income tax refunds and student aid. Payments to schools and interest payments to state bondholders cannot be deferred. If IOUs are issued, they will not go to state workers.

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A new analysis in The Sacramento Bee shows California would get $21.5 billion under the federal government's economic stimulus plan, the most of any state. The House is expected to approve the plan next week. Nearly $5 billion of California's money would go to education. An estimated $4.5 billion would go to infrastructure such as highways and bridges. The governor says he is not recalibrating his budget to take the stimulus money into account.

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ACSS board members and staff met in a meet-and-confer with Julie Chapman, a deputy director of DPA, to get information for members on the order to furlough state workers and cut two holidays. Led by Bonnie Morris, senior labor relations rep, the group got some answers to such questions as whether departments can now rescind their alternate work schedules and whether there are options for furlough schedules.

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According to The Sacramento Bee, some Republican lawmakers now say they are willing to consider a tax hike to help resolve the budget crisis. They want concessions from the Democrats, though.

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The Sacramento Bee State Worker columnist Jon Ortiz looks at some of the dilemmas the furloughs would raise.

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Saying the furloughs were illegal, State Controller John Chiang said today he will refuse to implement the paycuts for state workers, as ordered by the governor in December, according to The Sacramento Bee. Chiang filed court documents Tuesday arguing the furlough plan is illegal.

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CalPERS has named Joseph A. Dear as its next chief investment officer. Dear comes to CalPERS from the Washington State Investment Board. CalPERS is the nation's larges public employee pension and health care provider.

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