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Will PLP 2012 work for supes/managers?

Posted: 6/24/2012 Tags: budget election furlough governor leave pension salary Tags Views: 2713

The Governor seems to have officially dropped his 4/38 workweek proposal in favor of more flexible options.

A side letter agreement with SEIU Local 1000 - being dubbed PLP 2012 - upon ratification would reduce the salary of Local 1000 workers by 4.62% for 12 months in return for 8 hours time off per month taken at the employee's discretion. The 3% raise for employees at the top step scheduled for July 1, 2013 would remain in effect. In addition, this plan would eliminate non-mission critical retired annuitants.

In our polling, ACSS found that nearly 60% of respondents preferred a new PLP or 1-day furlough rather than the 4/38 workweek.

What do you think about PLP 2012? Will this plan work for state supervisors and managers? Will it work for your office? Will it be more efficient than the 4/38? Will it have a negative impact on morale compared to the 4/38? Is there a better option?

Now is your chance to weigh in.

Take the poll on the lefthand side of our website and tell Gov. Brown your overall opinion about his flexible new arrangement re: budget cuts and your livelihood.

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


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Budget deal reached; 5% cut plan still uncertain

Posted: 6/21/2012 Tags: budget election governor leave legislature politics salary Tags Views: 2398

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Gov. Brown and Democratic legislators have reached a tentative agreement on the state's budget.

At a press conference regarding the release of their modified $92.1 billion spending plan earlier in the month, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez said that the Democrats' budget was "not just on the same page" as the Governor's budget, but "in the same paragraph."

An official statement regarding the budget compromise stated that a final vote on the budget is expected in the coming days.

Though it is still uncertain how the Brown administration will obtain its proposed 5% cuts from state employee compensation, negotiations with employee organizations are trending toward reinstuting the Personal Leave Program (PLP).

In our poll re: alternatives to Gov. Brown's proposed 4/38 workweek, nearly 35% of you preferred the PLP to the 4-day, 9.5 hour workweek, which would have drastic impacts on child and elder care, the level of services received by the public, and would have unfairly targeted excluded employees.


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Want more corporate money in politics?

Posted: 6/19/2012 Tags: benefits election legislature membership politics salary Tags Views: 1913

As you may already know, the so-called "Stop Special Interest Money Now" measure that will go before voters on November's General Election ballot will silence state employees' voices if it passes.

The measure will - in no uncertain terms - allow corporations to funnel billions of dollars into the Capitol and dominate politics at a statewide level.

At the same time, it will prevent you from making your voice heard.

State supervisors, managers, and confidential employees rely on state lawmakers to set their salaries and benefits. Are you willing to give up your voice and let corporations do all the talking in the Capitol?

Help ACSS stop the lies and double talk surrounding this measure before it's too late. Watch the video below and pass it along to friends, family members, coworkers, and anyone who will be voting this November!



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Budget sent to Gov. without specifics

Posted: 6/15/2012 Tags: budget court election governor legislature Tags Views: 2163

In a race to meet a deadline to avoid having their pay docked, legislators sent Governor Jerry Brown a $92 billion budget and six trailer bills on Friday, June 15th.

There are a number of outstanding trailer bills that the Legislature intends to vote on next week. Many of the outstanding bills are related to issues that are still under negotiation, such as the Governor's realignment plan.

Last year, State Controller John Chiang attempted to dock legislators' pay, stating that outstanding trailer bills violated the deadline established by Proposition 25.

A Sacramento Superior Court decision overturned the Controller's attempt to reduced legislators' pay, however, so it is likely the Legislature will not face similar pay cuts this year.

Your ACSS is still calling on legislators to avoid balancing the budget on excluded employees' back with cuts that unfairly target state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.


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ACSS internal elections results for 2012

Posted: 6/7/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1566

Here are the internal ACSS elections results for 2012, broken down by chapter.

ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell oversaw the independent ballot counting process and reviewed the tallies to ensure accuracy. Ties were resolved in accordance with the ACSS policy file. Vice President Fretwell signed each chapter's results page to confirm the accuracy of the counts.

All candidates were notified of the election results in late May. The protest period for elections ends on June 11th.


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ACSS endorsed candidates headed to General Election

Posted: 6/6/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1595

The California Primary has wrapped up, and 90% of the candidates endorsed by ACSS will continue on to the November General Election.

Your ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) identified 60+ candidates that are most likely to meet the needs of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees when they take office.

Curious about another race? See the full list of statewide election results, courtesy of the Sacramento Bee: www.sacbee.com/electionresults


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Weigh in: Alternatives to 4/38 workweek

Posted: 6/6/2012 Tags: election governor Tags Views: 1951

We need to hear from you!

Your ACSSis preparing to outline alternatives to the 4/38 workweek for the Brown administration.

Hundreds of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees have sent us alternative solutions and we've grouped them into the six most often suggested proposals in a convenient poll on the left.

Take a moment to consider the alternatives and weigh in with your opinion to ensure your voice is heard by the Governor!

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

Check to see if your browser has Flash here:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Note:These are state excluded employee suggested alternatives to the 4/38 workweek proposed by Gov. Brown and do not necessarily reflect the opinon of ACSS.


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ACSS Primary Election Endorsements

Posted: 6/4/2012 Tags: election legislature Tags Views: 1947

Are you ready for the California primary?

Before heading out to vote on Tuesday, take a moment to look at ACSS' officially endorsed State Senate and Assembly candidates, carefully selected by your ACSSboard of directors after recommendations from our non-partisan political action committee.

The endorsement process included a written survey and in-person interviews to help determine which candidates would best meet the needs of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees once in office.

See the full list of ACSS-approved candidates after the jump.


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Private pension bill headed to Assembly

Posted: 6/1/2012 Tags: election legislature pension politics Tags Views: 1879

Retirement security may be getting a boost in the private sector.

Senate Bill 1234, dubbed the "California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Act", passed through the Senate with a 23-13 vote. It now heads to the Assembly, where it is expected to face resistance from GOP legislators.

The bill would provide a state-managed modest retirement plan for the nearly 7 million Californians who don't have access to an employer-provided retirment plan.

What do you think? Will this bill help alleviate "pension envy" among non-state employees? Or will it further strain the public pension system?


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5% cuts for all?

Posted: 5/31/2012 Tags: election governor legislature salary Tags Views: 2044

One for all and all for one?

The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted 5-1 in favor of a 5% pay cut for Gov. Brown and dozens of other high ranking state officials, in reaction to the same pay cut that has been proposed for all state employees.

Rumors have swirled that excluded employees may face cuts above 5%.

Acting DPA Director Julie Chapman confirmed in a meeting today with your ACSS that potential cuts above 5% would target "agency secretaries and higher officials", not state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

Charles Murray, the "Small Business" seat on the CCCC, lead his colleagues on a vote today on the egalitarian pay cut for higher ups, in order to get the cut on the books before the Commission's June 30th deadline for action.

Murray, appointed by ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, said he thinks the state's senior lawmakers should "lead by example". He has said that if the 5% cut does not go into effect for state employees, the cut to higher ups can be reversed.

What do you think? Does knowing that Gov. Brown will make $165,000 per year instead of $174,000 make the cuts easier to swallow?

Head to the Sac Bee to read the full article and weigh in: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/05/panel-cuts-pay-for-jerry-brown-lawmakers-other-california-officials.html


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