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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.

According to today's Sacramento Bee, California will sustain $948 million in spending cuts and $1.8 billion in higher taxes after fiscal leaders announced Friday that the state will not receive enough federal budget relief to avoid those measures.

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Sacramento Bee columnist Jon Ortiz reports in his blog that a few publications are calling for public employees to pay more of their pension costs. In "Sharing the Pain" in Government magazine, Girard Miller calls for new formulas in which retirees share the cost of increased pension benefits and increased health premium costs. The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial suggests agencies under CalPERS return to pre-1999 pension plans for new hires (in 1999, CalPERS increased the fretirement ormula to a 3 percent multiplier). And a (Los Angeles area) Daily Breeze editorial favors the riskier defined benefit contribution pension plans (such as 401(k)s).

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Yet another water pipe has burst and more mold has been found at the Board of Equalization headquarters in Sacramento, The Sacramento Bee reports. This time, the agency will move. The discovery forced the agency to put 275 people on paid leave last week.

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The Sacramento Bee State Worker column reports today that all state workers, except SEIU members, who must work on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, will work for straight time, not time and a half. SEIU's new contract provides for time and a half for its memvbrs. All state employees who work that day will be entitled to take another day off. The Bee reports the state will save $10 million to $20 million from the change.

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The University of the Pacific forecasts a record-breaking unemployment rate of 12 percent in California by late this year. The rate won't improve to the single digits again until 2011, UOP says. The last unemployment record was 11 percent, set in the 1980s (reported by The Sacramento Bee).

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More members than ever attended our "March on the Capitol" on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. We visited more than 80 legislators, who demonstrated a strong understanding of and concern for our issues. Now that Lobby Day was so successful, members need to continue their outreach by visiting their representatives in their district offices. Nearly all legislators work in their home offices on Friday. By scheduling an appointment at your legislator's local office, you can make sure you will speak face to face with him or her.

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CalPERS, the nations' largest public pension fund, will begin a yearlong pilot project to electronically order prescriptions. The agency says e-prescribing "improves patient safety by ensuring that patients receive the right prescriptions and reduces cost." The physician would order the prescription on an automated data entry system that would transmit it to the pharmacy. For a Sacramento Bee story, click here.

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With 91 percent approval, SEIU Local 1000 has ratified a new contract that reduces the furlough days to one per month for the union's 95,000 members. The contract now goes to the Legislature for approval and then to the governor's desk. Besides the reduced furlough, SEIU members will get two floating holidays to replace the two holidays Schwarzenegger cut and pay health insurance premiums at about the 2008 level. The contract does not cover other bargaining units or excluded employees; however, the vote result does provide a ray of sunshine for supervisors: ACSS has been working with DPA to make sure excluded employees get at least the same deal.

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The Legislative Analyst's Office has published an analysis of Proposition 1A, the May 19 ballot measure that would require the state to make annual contributions to a budget reserve up to a minimum level. It also would limit the use of the reserve in "bad budget" years. Proposition 1A was placed on the ballot as part of the budget negotiations. The analysis also discusses Proposition 1B, which would -- IF Proposition 1A is approved -- allocate general fund revenues to the Supplemental Education Payment Account.

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A Sacramento Superior Court Judge has ruled that state Controller John Chiang did not have the right to defy Gov. Schwarzenegger's order to temporarily reduce state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage. The controller, the judge wrote, does not have the power to set pay and did not show that outdated technology would have prevented him from carrying out the order.

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As the keynote speaker at an ACSS board meeting last year, DPA Director Dave Gilb warned that nearly half the state’s supervisors and managers could retire in the next five years. A Bureau of State Audits report released yesterday, and reported by The Sacramento Bee’s State Worker blog, confirms Gilb’s general predictions: Forty-two percent of the state’s leadership and more than 20 percent of its rank-and-file employees may retire in seven years. In the departments surveyed, nearly half the workers were 50 or older. Of even greater concern is that succession plans are just beginning. The blog contains a summary link; read the entire report (pdf) here.

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According to The Sacramento Bee's State Worker column today, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has filed a lawsuit against the governor contending the furloughs are an illegal pay cut. This suit differs from previously filed suits by contending the order can't be executed rather than challenging the governor's authority to issue it. The association says its members will not be able to take off their furlough time.

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DPA Director Dave Gilb resonded to The Sacramento Bee's article on state hiring in a letter to the editor March 18. Some previously authorized positions were filled and some departments do not fall under the governor's budgetary control, Gilb said. To read the letter, click the headline above.

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Despite budget cuts and a hiring freeze, the state's work force has grown since June 2008 and not all part-time workers have been laid off.

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Mac Taylor, California's legislative analyst, warns the plunging economy could open an $8 billion hole in the state's new budget. That deficit will worsen by $6 billion if voters reject the ballot measures on May 19.

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