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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.

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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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ACSS Quarterly: Arriving soon!

Posted: 7/12/2012 Tags: election Lobby Day Tags Views: 1671

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring articles on ACSS election results, political action, and more!

In the meantime, feel free to browse through last quarter's issue on our news page.


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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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CDCR Alert: Meet and Confers

Posted: 7/6/2012 Tags: court health layoff prison rights salary Tags Views: 2334

As the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) moves forward with a drastic reform of California's penal system, the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) is meeting with CDCR to protect the rights of state excluded employees.

According to CDCR, the plan blueprint - titled The Future of California Corrections - will "cut billions in spending, comply with multiple federal court orders for inmate medical, mental health and dental care, and significantly improve the operation of California's prison system."

In July and August ACSS will meet and confer with CDCR and CalHR over changes to the working conditions of excluded employees.

Read more about what ACSS will discuss, and how you can help, after the jump.


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DPA releases excluded employee PLP 2012 memo

Posted: 7/6/2012 Tags: bargaining leave rights Tags Views: 2370

DPA has released a personnel memo detailing the Personal Leave Program (PLP) for 2012 for excluded and exempt employees.

Your ACSS is analyzing the PML and its relation to the separately released bargaining unit PMLs detailing PLP 2012.

We have arranged a meeting with DPA to address any potential violations of your rights as an excluded employee. Check back soon for details.


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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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DPA releases PLP 2012 memos

Posted: 6/29/2012 Tags: bargaining health leave rights Tags Views: 2435

DPA has released the following Personnel Management Liaison Memos (PMLs) regarding the "Budget Savings Reduction and Personal Leave Program 2012", a.k.a. PLP 2012:

Your ACSS is analyzing the PMLs now to determine if any of them may violate your rights or unfairly target state supervisors and managers who oversee rank and file employees in the above bargaining units.

UPDATE: DPA has now released PMLs re: PLP 2012 for bargaining units 10, 19, 2, 8, 7, 9, and 13.

See the full list here: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/policy-memos.aspx


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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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Will PLP 2012 work for supes/managers?

Posted: 6/24/2012 Tags: budget election furlough governor leave pension salary Tags Views: 2465

The Governor seems to have officially dropped his 4/38 workweek proposal in favor of more flexible options.

A side letter agreement with SEIU Local 1000 - being dubbed PLP 2012 - upon ratification would reduce the salary of Local 1000 workers by 4.62% for 12 months in return for 8 hours time off per month taken at the employee's discretion. The 3% raise for employees at the top step scheduled for July 1, 2013 would remain in effect. In addition, this plan would eliminate non-mission critical retired annuitants.

In our polling, ACSS found that nearly 60% of respondents preferred a new PLP or 1-day furlough rather than the 4/38 workweek.

What do you think about PLP 2012? Will this plan work for state supervisors and managers? Will it work for your office? Will it be more efficient than the 4/38? Will it have a negative impact on morale compared to the 4/38? Is there a better option?

Now is your chance to weigh in.

Take the poll on the lefthand side of our website and tell Gov. Brown your overall opinion about his flexible new arrangement re: budget cuts and your livelihood.

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