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Budget passed, trailer bills to follow

Posted: 6/14/2013 Tags: budget legislature Tags Views: 1600

A day before the constitutionally mandated deadline, both Houses of the California Legislature passed the main budget bill, which includes a rare surplus.

There are still some 20+ "trailer bills" for the Legislature to evaluate, however. It's fairly common for the Legislature to have to modify existing law to allow budget changes to be implemented. These minor law changes are known as trailer bills.

It is expected that the Legislature will convene on Saturday, June 15 for final votes on the trailer bills.

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SEIU reaches tentative agreement

Posted: 6/11/2013 Tags: bargaining election furlough leave legislature membership rights salary Tags Views: 20549

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: 1766

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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CalHR Director's "solution" to compaction

Posted: 5/17/2013 Tags: jobs legislature salary Tags Views: 1809

At acting CalHR Director Julie Chapman's confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) briefly addressed the long standing issue of salary compaction - the phenomenon in which California state supervisors make less than those they supervise.

"As the economy improves and more jobs open in the private sector, it will be hard to retain higher level state employees because we're not matching the financial opportunities [they offer]," said Sen. Jackson.

"What do you think CalHR might be able to do to keep those skilled people in state service?"

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Gov. Brown's ultra conservative budget

Posted: 5/17/2013 Tags: budget governor leave legislature salary Tags Views: 1989

Governor Brown released his revised budget on May 14th.

Though we expected the revised budget would be conservative, Gov. Brown seems to be anticipating a bleak few years for California.

In recent weeks, the Legislative Analyst's Office and State Controller John Chiang have stated that California is enjoying unanticipated revenues of $4.5 billion; however, Gov. Brown's new budget claims just $2.8 billion in revenues for this year.

Brown's budget focuses mainly on education spending, and largely avoids the hot button issue of state employee compensation, though the 3% top step raise for excluded and rank and file employees is still earmarked. Additionally, the budget confirms the end of the PLP 2012 program effective June 30th, 2013.

The budget will now be reviewed and adjusted by the Legislature. The Governor is constitutionally mandated to sign the budget by June 30th.

Both the summary and detailed budget breakdown are available via www.ebudget.ca.gov

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Appropriations' preliminary analysis of SB 216

Posted: 4/25/2013 Tags: budget legislature salary Tags Views: 1887

The Senate Appropriations Committee held a preliminary hearing on ACSS' anti-compaction bill - SB 216 (Beall) - on April 22nd, and has since placed the bill on a "suspense file".

Though it may sound negative, the action is not unusual, nor is it necessarily a sign that ACSS' bill will face greater hurdles from Appropriations.

Any bill with an estimated cost greater than $150,000 is automatically placed on the Committee's suspense file for a hearing after the Governor's revised budget is presented in mid-May.

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ACSS salary bill moves ahead

Posted: 4/9/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day membership pension salary Tags Views: 2233

The Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee voted unanimously (5-0) at a hearing on April 8th to pass ACSS' anti-compaction legislation - SB 216 (Beall) - to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 216 seeks to end salary compaction - the phenomenon in which supervisors make less than those they supervise - and maintain a long recommended 10% differential between supervisors and rank and file.

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ACSS' anti-compaction bill gets hearing

Posted: 4/3/2013 Tags: legislature pension salary Tags Views: 1829

Due to a clerical error, ACSS' legislation that would resolve salary compaction - the phenomenon in which state supervisors make less than those they supervise - was filed incorrectly with an old bill's text.

SB 216 (Beall) has now been amended to correct the error.

SB 216 is currently in the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee and is set for hearing on April 8th.

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ACSS discusses compaction with the Administration

Posted: 3/14/2013 Tags: governor legislature Lobby Day salary Tags Views: 2108

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza sat down with one of Gov. Brown's top legislative advisors at this year's Lobby Day to discuss fixing salary compaction.

Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments, and Policy Nancy McFadden stated that the Administration is aware of the problems that compaction brings, and said that they will be working closely with CalHR to ensure that a full cost analysis is produced as quickly as possible.

President Espinoza stressed the importance of shining a light on the issue - which has resulted in many state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees earning less than or the same as the employees they supervise.

"This has been an issue since the 90s, and it has only gotten worse," said President Espinoza.

"We've pushed reports and data for decades, and now it's time for a legislative solution to the problem."

President Espinoza met with multiple legislators in both the Senate and Assembly who have pledged their support to ACSS' current legislation to rectify compaction - SB 216.

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Sen. Beall says fixing compaction is "common sense"

Posted: 3/14/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day salary Tags Views: 2014

Senator Jim Beall kicked off ACSS' 13th Annual Lobby day training by addressing salary compaction with our largest gathering of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees to date.

Sen. Beall explained why he readily agreed to sponsor ACSS' legislation to fix salary compaction - the phenomenon in which supervisors make less than those they supervise.

"It's common sense," said Beall.

"If we're going to stop the best and brightest from leaving state service, we need to pay our supervisors more than the employees they supervise."

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza with Senator Jim Beall at ACSS' annual Lobby Day training on March 12th, 2013.

Beall earned a standing ovation as he closed his speech by calling on Golden State legislators to fix compaction by voting yes on SB 216 and to recognize the "golden employees" of the state - the supervisors, managers, and confidential employees that implement programs and keep services running for the public day after day and year after year.

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