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DSH budget changes

Posted: 6/14/2013 Tags: budget governor health legislature Tags Views: 2059

As the budget process finalizes, your ACSS is tracking key changes that may impact state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees in the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

In his original 2013 budget proposal, Gov. Brown called for the reduction of staff at Vacaville and Salinas facilites and the activation of the new Stockton California Health Care Facility. In his May budget revise; however, Gov. Brown had proposed eight different changes to his original DSH budget, including adding positions at Vacaville and Salinas facilities.

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CalPERS auditing healthcare dependents

Posted: 6/6/2013 Tags: benefits health membership pension Tags Views: 1871

In an effort to mitigate costs incurred by members, CalPERS has launched a "verification project" to weed out dependents who may be wrongly receiving healthcare benefits.

The audit will run through June 30, 2013, and lists former spouses, grandchildren, and children of former spouses among those ineligble to receive healthcare benefits as dependents.

See the full text of CalPERS' press release for additional details.

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ACSS urges CalPERS autism care change

Posted: 5/16/2013 Tags: governor health pension Tags Views: 2262

ACSS has written to Gov. Brown urging him to end a DMHC policy that burdens state employees with autistic children with unneccessary costs and inadequate treatment.

Nearly 3,700 children of state employees enrolled in CalPERS-funded HMO plans currently are denied prompt and affordable treatment for autism due to an existing California law that forces parents to obtain an autism Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) administered by a state-licensed therapist, when no state licensing technically exists for ABA therapists.

From the letter to Gov. Brown:

In order to comply with the DMHC's troubling rule, parents of autistic children enrolled in CalPERS funded health care programs must instead seek ABA from uncertified, but state-licensed, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and speech therapists.

Read the full letter to Gov. Brown for additional details.

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CalPERS' State of the System

Posted: 4/25/2013 Tags: health pension Tags Views: 1549

As part of their ongoing efforts to increase transparency and accountability, CalPERS has produced its first ever "State of the System" video address.

The State of the System outlines not only the financial health of the CalPERS fund, but also the organization's goals for the coming year and role in pension reform and retiree healthcare.

See the embedded video for the full message, or read this transcript.

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Budget first look - Brown will honor 3% raises for supes

Posted: 1/10/2013 Tags: budget governor health Tags Views: 2051

For now, at least, it appears that Gov. Brown will honor the previously negotiated 3% top-step raises for supervisors and managers starting July 1, 2013.

The Governor's proposed budget includes a section which states:

Significant Adjustment:
Current Labor Contracts and Excluded Employees - An increase of $502.1 million
($247 million General Fund) in 2013-14 for previously negotiated top step
adjustments and health care benefit contribution increases for active employees.
For most employees, the adjustment offsets the ongoing higher contribution for
retirement costs previously implemented.

As always, your ACSS is committed to working with the administration to ensure that you are fairly compensated and your career remains protected.

We will continue to monitor the budget situation as it develops and report on our findings here.

Gov. Brown's full proposed budget is available as a PDF.

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Looking back on Lobby Day 2012

Posted: 11/29/2012 Tags: health legislature Lobby Day pension Tags Views: 1613

As we begin preparations for Lobby Day 2013, it's time to look back and reflect on the success of last year's event.

Each year, hundreds of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees join together at the Capitol and talk with legislators face-to-face. It's a chance to put a human face on the issues that we so desperately need resolved.

Issues like pay inequity, pension attacks, health and safety concerns, and more.

There is no greater opportunity for new or returning legislators to hear how the decisions they make on the senate or assembly floor really impact state excluded employees.

Head over to www.acss.org/LobbyDay to see photos and reflections from last year's event.

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Prison healthcare back in State control by 2014

Posted: 10/25/2012 Tags: health rights Tags Views: 1513

J. Clark Kelso, the federally appointed overseer of California's prison healthcare system, has stated that the State is on track to resume full control over operations by 2014.

Though the process of returning control to the State has just begun, Kelso has claimed he is already reducing his staff in preparation for his withdrawal.

Prior to his full withdrawal, Kelso will need to negotiate with the State to determine standards for measuring inmate care and how helathcare administration will be structured.

As always, your ACSS is committed to working with the State to ensure that your rights are not violated as the receivership comes to an end.

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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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CDCR Alert: Meet and Confers

Posted: 7/6/2012 Tags: court health layoff prison rights salary Tags Views: 2334

As the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) moves forward with a drastic reform of California's penal system, the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) is meeting with CDCR to protect the rights of state excluded employees.

According to CDCR, the plan blueprint - titled The Future of California Corrections - will "cut billions in spending, comply with multiple federal court orders for inmate medical, mental health and dental care, and significantly improve the operation of California's prison system."

In July and August ACSS will meet and confer with CDCR and CalHR over changes to the working conditions of excluded employees.

Read more about what ACSS will discuss, and how you can help, after the jump.

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DPA releases PLP 2012 memos

Posted: 6/29/2012 Tags: bargaining health leave rights Tags Views: 2435

DPA has released the following Personnel Management Liaison Memos (PMLs) regarding the "Budget Savings Reduction and Personal Leave Program 2012", a.k.a. PLP 2012:

Your ACSS is analyzing the PMLs now to determine if any of them may violate your rights or unfairly target state supervisors and managers who oversee rank and file employees in the above bargaining units.

UPDATE: DPA has now released PMLs re: PLP 2012 for bargaining units 10, 19, 2, 8, 7, 9, and 13.

See the full list here: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/policy-memos.aspx

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