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Worried about pension changes? Contact us

Posted: 9/18/2012 Tags: governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1751

Your ACSS is preparing to meet with CalHR regarding AB 340 (the controversial new pension legislation), its implementation, and how it will affect you.

Prior to our meeting we need to hear from you to make sure your voice is heard.

Send any questions or concerns that you may have re: Gov. Brown's pension reform plan to ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie Lynn

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Brown vows more pension attacks on horizon

Posted: 9/12/2012 Tags: benefits governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1786

Gov. Brown signed into law today a series of sweeping changes that he claimed are "the biggest rollback to public pension benefits in the history of California pensions."

The new legislation aims to stop rare abuses of the pension system, but also hikes the retirement age and employees' contribution amounts.

Prior to signing AB 340, Brown stated that he would renew his attack on the retirement security of more than 200,000 California state employees, stating that the current bill isn't enough and that he "didn't say this was the end".

As always, your ACSS is committed to fighting attacks on your livelihood and career.

CalPERS offers a breakdown of the impact of AB340

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Will pension attacks affect your vote on Prop 30?

Posted: 9/7/2012 Tags: election governor legislature Tags Views: 1718

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.

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

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Will Steinberg halt legislative raises?

Posted: 8/22/2012 Tags: legislature membership salary Tags Views: 1856

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said that he will halt a controversial program that allowed him to approve raises for legislative employees while cutting your pay by 5%.

After ACSS members called on Steinberg to overturn the raises - more than 10% of which went to employees making $100,000 or more per year - he responded with an email that claims one of his main priorities is to "take merit raises off the table for upper chamber employees."

Considering Steinberg had to approve the raises in the first place, we're wondering whose table he is referring to...

In addition, Steinberg noted that he is "currently proposing a one-year salary freeze for staff."

So while it appears that Sen. Steinberg will answer to public pressure regarding the raises and stop funneling cash to legislative employees, he appears unprepared to address the lack of similar merit programs for state supervisors and managers, many of whom have not had a raise in over a decade.

What do you think? Will Steinberg keep his word and stop rewarding legislative employees under the table? Respond in the comments section.

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Meet Sacramento-area Chapter President Amber Siepmann

Posted: 8/10/2012 Tags: legislature membership pension rights salary Tags Views: 2042

Over the next year, ACSS will be sitting down with the presidents of our 11 statewide chapters for some informal interviews. Look for new interviews to be added monthly.

Amber Siepmann is the president of Chapter 503, ACSS' largest chapter with over two thousand members throughout the greater Sacramento area. ACSS Membership Coordinator Diane Wolff sat down with Amber to talk about her vision for the chapter and moving to the public sector from the private.

Read all about Amber after the jump.

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Make Steinberg keep his word

Posted: 8/7/2012 Tags: benefits governor legislature pension salary Tags Views: 1904

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg recently went on record saying that drastically slashing public pensions - by raising the retirement age, throwing part of earned retirement savings into risky 401(k) investment, and more - is an absolute priority, regardless of how difficult it will be on public employees:

"Will it cause some discomfort and unhappiness? Yes. Do you sometimes disagree with your allies and friends to do what you think is the right thing? Yes."

We couldn't agree with Sen. Steinberg's sentiment more: Doing the right thing sometimes causes discomfort and unhappiness.

That is why ACSS is calling on Sen. Steinberg to stop underhanded dealing to his allies and friends in the Legislature and start the difficult cuts he touts publicly by rescinding the raises he approved for employees in the Legislature after slashing your salary by 5%.

60% of respondents to our poll on the legislative raises - up to 10% for employees making in excess of $100,000 annually - demanded that the raises should be taken away.

If Sen. Steinberg truly believes in doing the right thing, no matter how difficult, he must reverse these raises now, before he continues trying to drum up support for Gov. Brown's tax hikes.

How do you feel about Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's continued attack on public employees' modest benefits while he snuck raises to his own employees under the radar?

Take a moment to let him know via email or calls to his office:

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
(916) 651-4006 or senator.steinberg@senate.ca.gov

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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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Comment on ACSS poll results in Sac Bee

Posted: 8/1/2012 Tags: legislature Tags Views: 1764

Head over to the Sacramento Bee and take a look at this article covering our poll on the inappropriate legislative raises (make sure you take our poll at the left, too, if you haven't already).

The comments section below the article is heating up with misinformed attacks on supervisors and managers, and we need you to fight back the tide of ill informed public opinion.

Please stay civil and professional, even if others do not.

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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: 2186

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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10th Delegate Assembly wraps up

Posted: 7/23/2012 Tags: legislature membership prison salary Tags Views: 2442

ACSS Chapter Officers being sworn in at Delegate Assembly 2012.

The 10th ACSS Delegate Assembly took place July 20-22.

Delegates representing thousands of ACSS members from every corner of the state convened to adjust the ACSS bylaws to better serve you and to elect a new compliment of directors and officers to serve the organization for the next three years.

Take a moment to read President Espinoza's report on the activities or get to know your new 2013-2015 Board of Directors, composed of state supervisors and managers from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Deptarment of Corrections, State Compensation Fund, Department of Finance, and more.

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