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Public Employee Bill of Rights passed to Appropriations

Posted: 3/28/2012 Tags: legislature pension rights Tags Views: 1825

The Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Security voted today in favor of legislation that will, among other things, impact the timeline of adverse actions and will give priority to state employees when filling public positions.

In February, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill 1655 - dubbed the Public Employees' Bill of Rights Act - that would reduce the statute of limitations on serving an adverse action against any state employee from three years to one year. In addition, the bill stipulates that state employees shall be entitled to priority over third-party contractors when filling public positions.

The original version of Assm. Dickinson's bill gave rank-and-file state employees preference in filling positions ahead of excluded employees (in addition to outside contractors); however, Assm. Dickinson has since revised the bill to remove the reference to excluded employees.

Read more about how AB 1655 will affect supervisors and managers after the jump.


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ACSS awards Assm. Buchanan

Posted: 3/16/2012 Tags: budget legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1737

State supervisors and managers from a multitude of departments joined ACSS President Arlene Espinoza at Lobby Day 2012 in recogonizing Assemblymember Joan Buchanan for her work on behalf of excluded employees.

President Espinoza presented Assm. Buchanan with a custom mounted and engraved antique scale at the recognition ceremony, declaring "For far too long this state has balanced its budget on the backs of employees that are excluded from collective bargaining."

"One legislator in particular has dedicated her time and efforts to attempting to correct the imbalanced policies that unfairly target management employees," she continued.

"It is our sincerest hope that she will continue to fight with the Association of California State Supervisors to end pay inequity between supervisors and those they supervise, to protect our earned benefits, and to encourage the state to better support its most skilled employees."

President Espinoza presented Assm. Buchanan with a 150-year-old antique balancing scale, representing not only the state's history of imbalanced policies against excluded employees, but also symbolizing Assm. Buchanan's work to correct those imbalances.


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Lobby Day - The fight for your rights

Posted: 3/16/2012 Tags: benefits legislature Lobby Day pension Tags Views: 1456

Though the weather may not have cooperated, Lobby Day 2012 proved to be a great success for ACSS members and for excluded employees statewide.

Supervisors and managers from all over the state braved the cold and rain and spent the day meeting with legislators and explaining how attacks on the careers and benefits of excluded employees would affect them personally.

Our largest turnout in history guaranteed that the entire Capitol heard the voice of ACSS calling on legislators to protect our pensions, support revenue increases, and defeat political censorship of non-partisan groups.

Head to our Lobby Day page now to see photos of the event.

Get ready for continued political action throughout the coming months, and we look forward to seeing even more of you next year!


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Bill would require private sector pensions

Posted: 2/24/2012 Tags: benefits governor legislature Lobby Day pension politics Tags Views: 1595

Democrats have introduced legislation that would require private sector employers to take slightly better care of their employees.

Senate Bill 1234, introduced by Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-L.A.), would require businesses with five or more employees to enroll them in a defined benefit program or offer a comparable alternative plan.

Supporting legislators, including Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg and Assemblymember Warren Furutani, agree that private sector employees are in need of the same retirement support that special interest groups seek to eliminate for public employees.

"I hear a lot about 'pension envy,'" said Assm. Furutani.

The legislation dropped shortly after a group of Republican legislators submitted a "cut-and-paste" version of Governor Jerry Brown's aggressive pension reform scheme.

You can expect the debate on your earned benefits to heat up even further as your peers address legislators at ACSS Lobby Day in March.


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GOP ploy for pension reform

Posted: 2/24/2012 Tags: governor legislature Lobby Day membership pension politics Tags Views: 2194

GOP leaders have co-opted Governor Brown's twelve point pension plan and introduced it as legislation, despite their refusal to support pension reform in 2010.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg called the "cut-and-paste" tactic of Republican legislators "clever," but lacking in critical analysis.

According to Republican Senator Bob Huff, the legislation reproduces Brown's plan verbatim.

The plan is being introduced as Senate Constitutional Amendment 18 (Huff), Senate Bill 1176 (Huff), Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22 (Smyth), and Assembly Bill (bill # pending) (Smyth).

ACSS members from around the state will urge their legislators to oppose damaging pension reform as part of Lobby Day 2012 in March.


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Pension reform comparison

Posted: 2/14/2012 Tags: governor legislature Lobby Day pension Tags Views: 1895

As the fight for your pension heads to the legislature, CalPERS has released a detailed chart comparing California Pension Reform's (CPR) two recently dismissed initiatives with Governor Brown's current 12-point pension reform plan.

The chart helpfully breaks the comparison down by the sweeping pension changes that may affect only new hires, those that would affect only current employees' pensions, and those that would affect all employees and potentially retirees.

As Governor Brown's plan moves through the legislature, dozens of groups will be attempting to influence your senators' and assemblymembers' perception of pension reform.

If you're concerned about protecting your pension, join ACSS at the Capitol this March for Lobby Day 2012. It's our chance to show legislators how their decision will really impact Californians like you.

Get registered before the Feb. 17th deadline: www.acss.org/lobbyday


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ACSS establishes California Supervisors and Managers Advisory Council

Posted: 2/3/2012 Tags: budget legislature pension Tags Views: 1709

Your ACSS is pleased to announce the official formation of the California Supervisors and Managers Advisory Council, a group dedicated to improving the careers of excluded employees statewide.

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza worked in conjunction with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and DPA Director Ron Yank to establish the Council as a forum for ACSS and other excluded employee organizations to work together with DPA to develop and implement solutions to excluded employees issues.

The Council will meet quarterly to address the problems that supervisors and managers face on a daily basis: pay inequity, pension attacks, and generally implementing and running the State's public programs in light of budget cuts, hiring freezes, and layoffs.

Read more about the first meeting of the Council after the jump.


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Court upholds citizens' redistricting

Posted: 1/27/2012 Tags: court election legislature politics Tags Views: 2249

The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed on Friday to uphold the revised Senate districts drawn by an independent citizens commission for use in the June primary and November general election.

A Republican-backed initiative attempting to throw out the maps drafted by the non-partisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) is expected to qualify for the November ballot. Opponents of the public commission filed the lawsuit, arguing that the independently redrawn Senate map should not be used until the ballot measure challenge passed before voters.

Acting CCRC Chairman Peter Yao - a registered L.A. County Republican - called the high court's decision to uphold the redrawn districts "a great victory for the people of California."

Read more on the participatory democratic efforts of the CCRC: http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/


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ACSS agreement protects OIG supervisors

Posted: 1/17/2012 Tags: budget layoff legislature membership rights Tags Views: 2151

Following last year's May budget revise, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) faced a plan to dismantle the department entirely, which would have resulted in the elimination of dozens of excluded employee positions.

Your ACSS was able to help save the OIG by working with our members in the department to illustrate to legislators the dire consequences that would result from the elimination of the OIG. Though we helped save the department, the OIGthen faced budget cuts consistent with those affecting other state agencies.

In October of 2011 the OIG released a layoff plan to address those budget cuts, and your ACSS worked to reach the following agreement to protect excluded employee rights during the layoff process: http://bit.ly/A21m3D


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