Brown's Budget Revise Will Target State Workers

Posted: 5/10/2012 Tags: budget furlough governor layoff membership Tags Views: 2013

Brown's Budget Revise Will Target State Workers
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Excluded employee group life premiums reduced

Posted: 5/9/2012 Tags: benefits insurance Tags Views: 1627

The Department of Personnel Administration released a memo this week announcing a reduction in premiums for excluded employees enrolled in the Basic Group Term Life Insurance Program.

Effective July 1, 2012, the premiums will change as outlined here:

Old Rate New Rate
Supervisor/Confidential $25,000 $4.40 $3.68
Supervisor/Confidential $12,500 at age 70 $2.43 $2.06
Managers $50,000 $8.35 $6.90
Managers $25,000 at age 70 $4.40 $3.68

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact DPA Benefits Program Analyst Patty Rosales-Abila at (916) 324-5553 or Patty.RosalesAbila@calhr.ca.gov

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Senate OKs analysis for supervisor raises

Posted: 5/3/2012 Tags: compaction legislature salary Tags Views: 1832

A bill supported by your ACSS that would require the state to report the potential costs of raises for excluded employees when analyzing union contracts was passed by the Senate 36-0 and is now headed to the Assembly.

While DPA is required by law to provide a fiscal analysis of union contracts, it is not required to do the same for the supervisors, managers, and confidential employees that are excluded from collective bargaining.

Your ACSS is committed to resolving pay disparity. While SB 1113 will not directly impact the imbalance in salaries between excluded employees and the rank-and-file employees they supervise, requiring a financial breakdown of the potential costs for excluded employee raises is the first step to rectifying the state's mistreatment of its most skilled employees.

Though earlier versions of SB 1113 required the state to directly "address salary compaction and parity concerns for excluded employees," that language has since been stricken from the bill.

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Furlough back pay details

Posted: 5/2/2012 Tags: furlough health pension salary Tags Views: 2485

The fight for furlough back pay is nearing a close for supervisors and managers in five departments that do not receive appropriations from the state's General Fund: the California Lottery, First 5 California Commission, Prison Industry Authority, Earthquake Authority, and Housing Finance Agency.

Your ACSS labor relations team reached out to the impacted departments and received replies from the First 5 California Commission and CALPIA.

In addition, the State Controller's Office released a letter further outlining the settlement.

See First 5 and CALPIA's statements after the jump.

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New online training for excluded employees

Posted: 4/18/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1959

DPA has announced the addition of a new basic supervision course called "California Model Employer Initiative Training" to its online training library.

According to DPA:

"This free interactive training will help new supervisors meet 2.5 hours of the required basic supervisory training pursuant to PML 2010-013 and Government Code Section 19995.4. Topics covered include:

  • Role of a Supervisor,

  • Techniques of Supervision,

  • Staffing, and

  • Employment Law relating to People with Disabilities.

The training will help you recruit, interview, hire, retain, and accommodate people with disabilities.

As with all training, staff should get their supervisor's and/or training officer's approval before taking this training. At the end of the module, the employee can print a completion certificate for the training office to use in tracking training."

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Tax evaders cost state $10+ billion

Posted: 4/17/2012 Tags: benefits budget election governor health legislature Tags Views: 1686

A new report by the Franchise Tax Board reveals that your ACSS' fight to prevent drastic cuts to your earned benefits may not be necessary after all.

State tax officials estimate that California revenues will fall short by some $10 billion this year, due to abuses of the tax system by businesses and individuals.

In one case, a couple that owned seven sandwich shops avoided paying taxes for four years and hid in excess of $800,000 of income. In 2008, another couple that owned two El Dorado painitng companies failed to report nearly $550,000 in income.

Another $2.3 billion in sales and use taxes will go uncollected this year, partially due to citizens skirting sales tax via Internet purchases.

Republican legislators recently submitted a budget calling for a nearly 5% pay cut to all state employees - in addition to millions of dollars in cuts to early childhood education, mental health services, and more - in lieu of supporting Gov. Brown's modest revenue increase proposal.

Though tax evasion will likely continue to be a problem, your ACSS firmly supports the Governor's temporary revenue increases - a 1/4-cent sales tax increase and a modest tax increase on households earning above $500,000 annually - which will appear on the November General Election ballot.

Don't allow legislators to balance the budget on the backs of state employees yet again! Stand up and vote YES on Gov. Brown's revenue increases this fall.

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Tell Steinberg NO! on pension gutting

Posted: 4/14/2012 Tags: benefits budget election governor legislature pension politics Tags Views: 1745

Stand up for your pension now!

On the heels of GOP legislators submitting a budget that would cut pay for all state workers, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said that drastically changing public employee pensions is the "right thing to do", and should be done in 2012.

Take one minute of your day to send a united message against unfair pension reform by emailing, faxing, or reading by phone the following message to Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg:

State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 323-2263
Email: Senator.Steinberg@senate.ca.gov

Senator Steinberg;

I am a state excluded employee and member of the Association of California State Supervisors.

Like many of my fellow voters, I support Gov. Brown's temporary revenue increases to balance the budget, but refuse to do so if it means destroying my hard-earned, modest benefits.

I urge you to reconsider extreme pension reform as a means to passing those crucial temporary revenue increases.

I support eliminating the very rare instances of abuse like "spiking", but I cannot support a plan that relies on risky 401(k) investments and drastic retirement age increases.

I have planned carefully for my retirement, and have done my part to keep working for the future of California even as Gov. Brown's predecessor slashed my pay by 14%.

Please don't balance the budget on the backs of public employees yet again.

Your name, Job Title
Contact Info

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ACSS Quarterly: Arriving soon!

Posted: 4/12/2012 Tags: election Lobby Day Tags Views: 1430

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring articles on Lobby Day 2012, upcoming changes at CSEA, and more!

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

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Help us spread the word about ACSS to your workplace

Posted: 4/6/2012 Tags: membership rights Tags Views: 1765

One of the most frequent calls we receive here at ACSS are from supervisors or managers needing emergency representation who are not already members.

Unfortunately, we cannot help in these situations because our bylaws state that you must be a member of ACSS before a problem arises in order for our labor relations team to assist you. Generally, these excluded employees haven't heard about ACSS until they need us, and at that point it is too late.

In order to prevent this from happening - and to continue building the power of our statewide political voice - we're trying to make it easier for future ACSS members to get pertinent information about ACSS at work.

ACSS is sending representatives out into your worksites to find the best location for a bulletin board. While you wait for your lunch to heat up in the microwave or for that elevator, you and your co-workers will have a chance to peruse meeting notices, learn about your rights as an excluded employee, and who to contact in case of those rights being violated.

If you are interested in helping us find the best location to hang a bulletin board where you work, or you'd be willing to update the board for us, please contact ACSS Labor Relations Representative Regina Jenkins at rjenkins@calcsea.org.

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GOP wants to slash your pay 4.6%

Posted: 4/6/2012 Tags: budget election furlough governor health legislature salary Tags Views: 2483

In order to fix California's budget defecit, ACSS supports Gov. Brown's temporary, modest revenue increases.

Republican legislators think they've found a better way to balance the budget - by slashing your salary yet again.

No, you didn't suddenly wake up in the middle of the Schwarzenegger administration again; however, if you and your family aren't voting to pass Gov. Brown's modest revenue increases on the General Eleciton ballot you may soon be feeling "Total Recall".

The GOP budget plan - which would unilaterally force at least 4.6% pay cuts on state employees in the form of furloughs or salary reductions - also includes provisions to siphon millions of dollars away from early childhood development programs, affordable housing programs, and mental health services.

Read more about Gov. Brown's solution to the budget deficit after the jump.

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