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Reed's pension attack cleared for signature gathering

Posted: 1/8/2014 Tags: election health pension Tags Views: 1978

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has officially cleared San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's pension attack ballot initiative for signature gathering.

To qualify for a public vote, Reed's proposed Consitution-altering intiative needs 807,615 signatures by the June 5th deadline.

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California mayors tell Reed to drop pension attack

Posted: 12/3/2013 Tags: election governor pension politics Tags Views: 2345

More than a dozen Republican and Democrat mayors throughout California have signed a letter urging San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to drop his attack on public employees' retirement.

"We believe that engaging our public servants in constructive dialogue rather than political battles is a more effective way of achieving balancing budgets," wrote the elected leaders.

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Mayor pulls name from pension attack

Posted: 11/15/2013 Tags: election pension Tags Views: 2083

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has distanced himself from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's embattled pension attack on public employees.

After Mayor Reed withdrew his original ballot initiative, he resubmitted a revised version that was conspicuously missing Mayor Pulido's endorsement.

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CalPERS weighs in on newest pension attacks

Posted: 10/18/2013 Tags: election legislature pension rights Tags Views: 1980

After Mayor Chuck Reed and his cohorts filed papers to get a new constitution-amending pension attack on the ballot, CalPERS took a moment to weigh in on this latest round of attacks against state and local public employees.

CalPERS has pledged to uphold their responsibilities as defined in both the U.S. and California Constitutions, and to continue supporting and defending the rights that were promised to public employees.

CalPERS' official statement concluded with a call on legislators to find a solution that improves retirement security for all Californians, not remove it from those who have earned it.

Read the full statement at CalPERS.ca.gov

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Why do these mayors want to deregulate your pension?

Posted: 10/16/2013 Tags: election pension Tags Views: 1974

Under the guise of protecting public services, several California mayors have proposed altering California's constitution to allow state and local administrators to gut pension benefits for current employees.

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Meet Chapter 502 President Lt. Coopwood

Posted: 8/16/2013 Tags: election membership Tags Views: 1980

ACSS recently chatted via email with newly appointed Chapter 502 President Lieutenant Coopwood about his concerns about the future for state supervisors, the challenges of state hiring practices, running one of ACSS' geographically largest chapters, and more.

When did you start working for the state?
I’ve been employed with the state of California for over 18 years now. I switched from working at McClellan A.F.B as an Aircraft Electrician to work for DCA (Department of Consumer Affairs) I.T. (Internet Technology) division. I wasn’t able to put my college computer degree into practice at McClellan, hence the reason for the switch. I also gained a lot of management skills while in the Air Force for 33 years.

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Revised policy on students and annuitants

Posted: 7/19/2013 Tags: bargaining election pension Tags Views: 2308

CalHR has released an official memo re: the hiring of student assistants and retired annuitants.

The new memo supersedes PML 2012-034 regarding the use of Student Assistants and Retired Annuitants.

Per CalHR:

As you are aware, the State entered into an agreement for the July 2, 2013 - July 1, 2016 contract with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 representing State employees in Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21 to include provisions for hiring of Student Assistants and Retired Annuitants. The State and SEIU agree that hiring students and retired annuitants may be necessary 1) to give students the opportunity to gain experience in their field of study and give the State the ability to attract high quality candidates for possible hire, and 2) retired annuitants may be necessary to perform mission critical work. Mission critical is defined by SEIU as a disruption in normal business, which may result in the failure of a business operation. Student Assistants and Retired Annuitants shall not displace SEIU represented employees.

If you have questions about the new student/annuitant hiring practices, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org

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SEIU reaches tentative agreement

Posted: 6/11/2013 Tags: bargaining election furlough leave legislature membership rights salary Tags Views: 21441

In the early morning of June 11th, SEIU Local 1000 reached a tentative bargaining agreement with the State which includes an across the board raise and prevents furloughs or PLPs for three years.

The raises in the agreement are tied to as-yet unspecified revenue targets. If the State meets said targets, a 2% raise will go into effect July 1, 2014, and another 2.5% raise will go into effect July 1, 2015. If the State fails to meet the revenue targets, a 4.5% raise will go into effect July 1, 2015.

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ACSS compaction bill passes Senate

Posted: 6/4/2013 Tags: budget election governor legislature salary Tags Views: 1880

After being held in the suspense file until the release of Gov. Brown's revised budget, a 6-0 bipartisan vote on May 29th by the Senate Appropriations Committee sent ACSS' anti-compaction bill (SB 216) past its first major hurdle and on to the Assembly for review.

Our bill - which aims to resolve the phenomenon in which supervisors often earn less than those they supervise - has enjoyed widespread support from both sides of the aisle in its journey through the Senate, and we expect a similar progression through the Assembly.

SB 216 would require the state to maintain a recommended 10% salary differential between supervisors and the employees they oversee, or require CalHR to provide a detailed report on impacted classficiations and why they are unable to meet the 10% differential.

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Your support, Your political success

Posted: 12/14/2012 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 1659

We've all heard about the billions that anti-labor and anti-public employee Super PACs funneled into the 2012 General Election, but did you know that ACSS has a PAC dedicated to fighting for your career and benefits?

Our PAC is 100% led by state excluded employees just like you. No billionaire donors. No special interests. Just state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees that want to fight back against the attacks on our livelihood that have become all too commonplace.

Without the ACSS PAC, we wouldn't have been able to fight back against Prop. 32 or put more than 50 pro-supervisor candidates in office in 2012.

Want to find out more about the fight for better careers and benefits?

Take a look at our PAC brochure.

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