Prop 32 a "naked power grab"

Posted: 9/25/2012 Tags: election legislature rights Tags Views: 1755

In a joint legislative informational hearing today on Prop. 32 - the Special Exemptions Act - Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) stated "I haven't seen anything about this measure yet that indicates it's anything but an attempt to gain political advantage."

Proponents of the measure say it will give the average voter more power, but what's the reality?

Make no mistake:

If Prop. 32 passes, corporate interests and the ultra-wealthy will have unprecedented control over California politics.

Read more about the measure that Senator Ted Lieu calls "a naked power grab" after the jump.

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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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Wondering who's funding Prop. 32?

Posted: 9/18/2012 Tags: benefits Tags Views: 1729

Do you know who's funding this controversial measure that claims it stops "special interest money" from playing a role in California politics?

Do you know who's exempt from the measure and therefore can spend money as it pleases to influence California politics?

Check out the following video for a closer look at who supports and benefits from Prop. 32.

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Love it or hate it - Why we need to support Prop. 30

Posted: 9/12/2012 Tags: benefits budget election governor layoff pension Tags Views: 2106

As Gov. Brown signs in to law a historic attack on public employees pensions, many state employees may be questioning whether or not they should support Brown's tax increases, appearing on the General Election ballot at Prop. 30.

Prop. 30 seeks to prevent some $6 billion in "trigger cuts" to public education - and additional layoffs in CDCR, among other cuts - by temporarily raising the state sales tax and increasing income tax on high income earners (over $250,000/year).

It may feel like state workers are between a rock and a hard place: Support a governor that has vowed to continue attacking public employee benefits, or reject the governor's tax increases and incur further layoffs and cuts.

Your ACSS officially supports Prop. 30, as we cannot support the "trigger cuts" that will decimate public education and further harm thousands of loyal state workers.

As public employees have given their fair share to aid California's budget deficit through aggressive cuts to pay and benefits, we believe the time is right for wealthy Californians to do their part as well.

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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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Proposed contribution rate hikes

Posted: 9/7/2012 Tags: benefits governor pension Tags Views: 1823

As Gov. Brown prepares to sign into law a historic attack on public employee pensions, CalPERS has released a list of proposed changes to employee contribution rates.

The largest scheduled increases will bring certain employees' contributions to 13% within two years.

AB 340, the bill that Gov. Brown is expected to sign before the end of this month, eliminates rare abuses of the pension system, but also places strict caps on your hard earned benefits and increases the retirement age.

For more information, see CalPERS' breakdown of the bill's effects.

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ACSS member Okumura re-elected

Posted: 9/3/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1492

ACSS member David Okumura was re-elected CSEA Secretary/Treasurer at the organization's 66th General Council this weekend in Los Angeles.

In his speech prior to the election, Okumura pledged to increase fiscal responsibility and increase ACSS autonomy from CSEA.

Okumura was originally elected to the position at the 64th General Council in San Jose.

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Has Gov. Brown broken the camel's back?

Posted: 8/28/2012 Tags: benefits budget governor layoff pension Tags Views: 2039

After announcing a series of aggressive cuts to state employee pensions, many are wondering if Gov. Brown's continued assault on our modest benefits will really help fix California's economic woes.

Perhaps a more important question is: Are the long-term risks of yet another attack on long-suffering state employees' modest and hard-earned benefits worth the (questionable) short-term gain?

Read more about Gov. Brown's attack on your modest pension after the jump.

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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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