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Poll: What do you think about the legislative raises?

Posted: 7/20/2012 Tags: budget election legislature Tags Views: 1876

Just one month after they stated that the severe cuts they proposed in their budget - including a universal 5% cut to your modest pay - were "made from necessity, not to make a point," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez have approved up to 10% raises for nearly 100 legislative employees making in excess of $100,000 a year.

Your ACSS wants to know your opinion on this matter.

Do you think the raises are just? Do you think the cuts to your livelihood are still justified? Do you think the legislature needs to enact a similar incentive program for state supervisors and managers?

Take the poll on the lefthand side of our website and tell us your opinion about these controversial raises.

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


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ACSS Exec. Director criticizes leg. raises

Posted: 7/20/2012 Tags: budget legislature salary Tags Views: 1810

ACSS Executive Director Rocco R. Paternoster recently spoke with the L.A. Times regarding the raises granted to nearly 100 legislative employees already making in excess of $100,000 per year.

"It's really a slap in the face not only [to] the employees but also the public," said Paternoster.

The raises - up to 10% for some employees, according to the Times - were approved by both Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez just one month after they announced a budget rife with cuts that they insisted were "made from necessity, not to make a point."

The news of a privileged few receiving raises as thousands of state supervisors and managers struggle to make ends meet in light of a nearly 5% pay cut levied against them this month is dismaying, confirmed Paternoster.

"Supervisors and managers who have met or exceeded job performance expectations haven't had a raise to look forward to in years - just cuts."

As always, your ACSS is committed to fighting unjust attacks on your modest compensation.

Read the entire L.A. Times article here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-legislature-raises-20120720,0,7113664.story


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Pension attacks won't be on ballot

Posted: 7/12/2012 Tags: election governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1645

Gov. Brown confirmed this week that revisions to the modest public employee pension system will not be on the ballot for November's General Election, but that he intends to drive through pension changes in the legislature.

Inside sources have told ACSS that Gov. Brown called on legislators to come to an agreement on pension cuts by the end of August.

Your ACSS is committed to fighting unfair pension slashing, especially the implementation of a questionable "hybrid" scheme that would place up to half of state employee pensions in a risky 401(k) investment.


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Pension reform will wait

Posted: 7/5/2012 Tags: election legislature pension Tags Views: 1460

The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions will not push a vote on pension reform before summer recess begins.

Inside sources have indicated to your ACSS that the joint parties of the Conference Committee - the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, and the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee - will wait to tackle pension reform until after the legislature reconvenes on August 6th.

Your ACSS will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


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Pension reform before summer break?

Posted: 6/28/2012 Tags: election legislature pension Tags Views: 1394

The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions is likely squeezing in a hearing before summer recess begins.

Inside sources have indicated to your ACSS that the joint parties of the Conference Committee - the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, and the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee - will likely be weighing pension reform legislation on Monday, July 2nd, and possibly rushing it to a floor vote on Thursday, July 5th, just one day before the end of the session.

It is unclear whether the hearings will be open for public testimony.

Your ACSS will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


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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: 2190

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: 1770

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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ACSS Board Member reappointed to Nursing/Psych Tech Board

Posted: 6/15/2012 Tags: health legislature politics salary Tags Views: 1680

ACSS Board Member Todd D'Braunstein, 44, of Upland, has been appointed to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, where he has served since 2010.

D'Braunstein has worked in multiple positions at Patton State Hospital since 2009, including program assistant and unit supervisor. D'Braunstein also held various positions - including unit supervisor, psychiatric technician instructor and senior psychiatric technician - at Patton from 1997 to 2005. He was a crisis team member at Tri-City Mental Health Center from 1995 to 1996 and a psychiatric technician at Lanterman Developmental Center from 1993 to 1995.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. D'Braunstein is a Republican and has been an ACSS member since 2005.


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Budget sent to Gov. without specifics

Posted: 6/15/2012 Tags: budget court election governor legislature Tags Views: 1994

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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ACTION ALERT: Hold Senator Steinberg accountable

Posted: 6/13/2012 Tags: benefits budget legislature pension Tags Views: 2009

In announcing Democratic legislators' budget proposal today, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said that he has an "obligation to be a voice for the voiceless" and that the cuts included in the proposal are "made from necessity, not to make a point."

In the same breath, he pushed state employee pension reform as a priority for California.

Your ACSS maintains that slashing and burning your modest, hard-earned benefits is not a necessity. While eliminating rare abuses like spiking are necessary, we feel that major components of current pension attacks - such as risking a portion of your retirement savings in a sketchy, unreliable 401(k) plan - are not necessary. These are absolutely cuts made to make a point, contrary to the Pro Tem's statement.

In order to speak out against cuts that unfairly target excluded employees, we need you to send a message to Senator Steinberg. It will take just a moment of your time.

Click the article title above to see how you can spend 5 minutes of your day to help protect your career.


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