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Will pension attacks affect your vote on Prop 30?

Posted: 9/7/2012 Tags: election governor legislature Tags Views: 1858

According to Gov. Brown, his proposed tax increases - to appear on your ballot as Prop. 30 - will prevent some $6 billion in cuts to our public school system.

Your ACSS wants to know what you think about Prop. 30 now that Gov. Brown has cut your pay by 5% and is likely to sign legislation attacking your pension.

Are you more likely to support Prop. 30? Less likely? Do you even have a choice?

Take the poll on our home page now and make sure your voice is heard.

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ACSS member Okumura re-elected

Posted: 9/3/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1623

ACSS member David Okumura was re-elected CSEA Secretary/Treasurer at the organization's 66th General Council this weekend in Los Angeles.

In his speech prior to the election, Okumura pledged to increase fiscal responsibility and increase ACSS autonomy from CSEA.

Okumura was originally elected to the position at the 64th General Council in San Jose.


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Prop 32 will flood the Capitol with corporate $$$

Posted: 8/16/2012 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 2085

What's your stance on Proposition 32?

There is one simple reason that your ACSS is urging you to VOTE NO ON 32: It's a sham.

The conservative groups backing Prop 32 want voters to believe that a yes vote will stop the flow of "special interest" money in politics.

In fact, Prop 32 will give big corporations and the hyper-wealthy free reign to funnel as much money as they like into state politics while it silences your voice in the Capitol.

Want to know more? Read this excellent article by San Francisco State Univerty Professor John Logan, "California's Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids".

In the article, Logan states:

"Proposition 32 claims to be an even-handed effort at campaign finance reform - but nothing could be further from the truth. Prop. 32 would cripple the ability of unions to participate in politics, but have little or no impact on unlimited spending by corporate executives and other wealthy individuals."

Don't wait until it's too late! Start talking with friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers now.


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Steinberg - Pension reform goes "beyond" Brown's plan


A newsletter released to Senator Darrell Steinberg's constituents claims that his pension slashing plan goes "above and [Gov. Brown's] proposal to include more than a dozen additional reforms."

According to the newsletter, that plan will include (among other things) a "hybrid system"; tossing a portion of employees' modest retirement benefits into a risky 401(k).

Many are speculating that Sen. Steinberg and Governor Brown are attempting to curry favor with the public for the tax raises that will appear on the November ballot by showing that they are taking a strong stand for pension reform.

Does Sen. Steinberg's politically motivated and personal attack on your hard-earned, modest benefits make you less inclined or more inclined to support the Governor's tax increases that will appear on the General Election ballot this November?

Weigh in on this hot button issue in the comments section.

The full text of the newsletter appears after the jump.


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ACSS calls on legislators to set fair wages

Posted: 7/27/2012 Tags: budget compaction election furlough legislature salary Tags Views: 2359

As the Legislature prepares to return after the summer recess, your ACSS is calling on all legislators to support Senate Bill 1113.

For too long, state supervisors and managers have seen the state's budget balanced on our backs.

Traumatizing pay cuts and furloughs, coupled with near constant attacks on our modest, hard-earned benefits, have backed the state's most skilled and dedicated employees into a corner.

Equally as disturbing as these short-term threats to our livelihood is an issue that receives far less attention, however - the state's long standing lack of fiscal review of compensation for employees excluded from collective bargaining. As you know, in far too many cases, the employees we supervise earn a higher wage than us.

SB 1113, introduced by Sen. Noreen Evans, seeks to remedy this so-called salary compaction and provide supervisors and managers with raises commensurate with their highly skilled and demanding positions. Your ACSS believes it is imperative that Sen. Evans' colleagues vote unanimously to enact this modest legislation immediately following the summer recess in order to avoid a looming critical reduction in public services.

ACSS commends Sen. Evans for her continued support of the state's supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

See the full text of SB 1113 here.


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Poll: What do you think about the legislative raises?

Posted: 7/20/2012 Tags: budget election legislature Tags Views: 2003

Just one month after they stated that the severe cuts they proposed in their budget - including a universal 5% cut to your modest pay - were "made from necessity, not to make a point," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez have approved up to 10% raises for nearly 100 legislative employees making in excess of $100,000 a year.

Your ACSS wants to know your opinion on this matter.

Do you think the raises are just? Do you think the cuts to your livelihood are still justified? Do you think the legislature needs to enact a similar incentive program for state supervisors and managers?

Take the poll on the lefthand side of our website and tell us your opinion about these controversial raises.

NOTE: You must have Flash player installed to view and vote in the poll.


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ACSS Quarterly: Arriving soon!

Posted: 7/12/2012 Tags: election Lobby Day Tags Views: 1793

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring articles on ACSS election results, political action, and more!

In the meantime, feel free to browse through last quarter's issue on our news page.


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Pension attacks won't be on ballot

Posted: 7/12/2012 Tags: election governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1782

Gov. Brown confirmed this week that revisions to the modest public employee pension system will not be on the ballot for November's General Election, but that he intends to drive through pension changes in the legislature.

Inside sources have told ACSS that Gov. Brown called on legislators to come to an agreement on pension cuts by the end of August.

Your ACSS is committed to fighting unfair pension slashing, especially the implementation of a questionable "hybrid" scheme that would place up to half of state employee pensions in a risky 401(k) investment.


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Pension reform will wait

Posted: 7/5/2012 Tags: election legislature pension Tags Views: 1604

The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions will not push a vote on pension reform before summer recess begins.

Inside sources have indicated to your ACSS that the joint parties of the Conference Committee - the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, and the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee - will wait to tackle pension reform until after the legislature reconvenes on August 6th.

Your ACSS will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


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Pension reform before summer break?

Posted: 6/28/2012 Tags: election legislature pension Tags Views: 1518

The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions is likely squeezing in a hearing before summer recess begins.

Inside sources have indicated to your ACSS that the joint parties of the Conference Committee - the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, and the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee - will likely be weighing pension reform legislation on Monday, July 2nd, and possibly rushing it to a floor vote on Thursday, July 5th, just one day before the end of the session.

It is unclear whether the hearings will be open for public testimony.

Your ACSS will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


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