Excluded employees receive furlough pay

Posted: 2/15/2012 Tags: furlough membership Tags Views: 1791

UPDATE: As of Friday, Feb. 17th, furlough back pay has officially been extended to excluded employees at all five affected agencies. ACSS is still working with the agencies to determine how the reimbursement will proceed.

As reported in the Sacramento Bee, two non-general fund agencies announced this week that they will extend furlough back pay to all affected employees, not just rank and file workers.

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) will award nearly $8 million in back pay to about 570 employees. The only employees that are not currently set to receive back pay are members of Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) and California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS), as those organizations are still pressing furlough litigation.

The other agency to award back pay to excluded employees - the First 5 California Commission - employs approximately 35 state workers. First 5 estimates that 50 current and former employees will receive back pay.

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Pension reform comparison

Posted: 2/14/2012 Tags: governor legislature Lobby Day pension Tags Views: 1895

As the fight for your pension heads to the legislature, CalPERS has released a detailed chart comparing California Pension Reform's (CPR) two recently dismissed initiatives with Governor Brown's current 12-point pension reform plan.

The chart helpfully breaks the comparison down by the sweeping pension changes that may affect only new hires, those that would affect only current employees' pensions, and those that would affect all employees and potentially retirees.

As Governor Brown's plan moves through the legislature, dozens of groups will be attempting to influence your senators' and assemblymembers' perception of pension reform.

If you're concerned about protecting your pension, join ACSS at the Capitol this March for Lobby Day 2012. It's our chance to show legislators how their decision will really impact Californians like you.

Get registered before the Feb. 17th deadline: www.acss.org/lobbyday

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San Jose pension costs exaggerated

Posted: 2/13/2012 Tags: election Lobby Day pension rights Tags Views: 1803

The assault on state employee pensions took a hit this week as an investigative report from the Bay Area NBC affiliate uncovered some shocking facts regarding San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's campaign against public employees.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered internal documents which reveal that projected retirement pension costs for San Jose have been greatly exaggerated.

Mayor Reed has cited repeatedly a projected 2015 pension cost of $650 million in his very public campaign to slash pensions. It is now apparent that Mayor Reed's estimate was artificially inflated to more than twice the actual projected cost that the city will face in 2015.

Read more and watch the embedded NBC story after the jump.

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Pension fight headed to legislature

Posted: 2/9/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1449

There are dozens of reasons why you should attend ACSS Lobby Day 2012, but some breaking news on pension attacks makes the presence of hundreds of supervisors and managers in the Capitol all the more important.

California Pension Reform (CPR) announced that they are abandoning their anti-pension initiatives and instead refocusing their fight to decimate state employee pensions from the ballot to the legislature.

"We will continue to push our elected representatives to reform our broken pension system and if they fail we will focus on qualifying an initiative for 2014," CPR President Dan Pellissier said in a prepared statement.

CPR will attempt to convince state legislators that you should be retiring later, and with even less.

So how can you fight these new attacks on your pension?

Get involved. Get registered for Lobby Day before the Feb. 17th deadline.

Join your peers at the Capitol in March and tell legislators how important your earned benefits are to you and why California's pension system works, before it's too late.

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Don’t be fooled... your voice matters!

Posted: 2/8/2012 Tags: compaction election Lobby Day pension salary Tags Views: 1923

As we draw closer to election season, dozens of initiatives are being screened by the Secretary of State's office for inclusion on the primary and general ballots.

During its signature gathering phase, we previously reported on initiative 1487. (11-0010), which has since been cleared to appear on the 2012 general election ballot.

This "Political Censorship" ballot measure would severely limit the ability of supervisors and managers to work together to protect their pensions, fix salary compaction issues, and generally keep their careers protected. The sponsors of the ballot measure have cleverly made it appear that they want to limit the political influence of big corporations; however, if the measure is passed our voice will be silenced while corporations continue to spend billions lobbying for their own agendas.

Get the facts, spread the word, and get involved!

See the up-to-date list of qualified ballot measures from the Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htm

Want to fight to protect your career and benefits? Join ACSS at Lobby Day 2012: http://www.acss.org/lobbyday

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Are you registered?

Posted: 2/6/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1492

The deadline to register for Lobby Day is drawing near.

Lobby Day is our chance to gather hundreds of supervisors and managers in the Capitol and show California how important we truly are.

Register now! Remember, you need to attend the training on March 13th (the night before), so plan accordingly and let us know if you need a hotel room for the 13th.

NOTE: Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for members attending Lobby Day are covered by ACSS.

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ACSS establishes California Supervisors and Managers Advisory Council

Posted: 2/3/2012 Tags: budget legislature pension Tags Views: 1709

Your ACSS is pleased to announce the official formation of the California Supervisors and Managers Advisory Council, a group dedicated to improving the careers of excluded employees statewide.

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza worked in conjunction with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and DPA Director Ron Yank to establish the Council as a forum for ACSS and other excluded employee organizations to work together with DPA to develop and implement solutions to excluded employees issues.

The Council will meet quarterly to address the problems that supervisors and managers face on a daily basis: pay inequity, pension attacks, and generally implementing and running the State's public programs in light of budget cuts, hiring freezes, and layoffs.

Read more about the first meeting of the Council after the jump.

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The furlough fight - not quite finished

Posted: 2/1/2012 Tags: furlough governor membership salary Tags Views: 2166

As you may have seen today, SEIU Local 1000 reached an agreement with the Brown Administration to settle lingering lawsuits challenging the furloughs imposed by former Governor Schwarzenegger on non-general fund agencies in 2009 and 2010.

The settlement affects only SEIU members in agencies that receive no appropriations from the state’s General Fund, specifically:

  • First 5 California
  • Prison Industry Authority
  • California Earthquake Authority
  • California Housing Finance Agency
  • California State Lottery

The affected employees will receive back pay, with interest, for the days they were forced to take off without pay.

Now that precedent has been established, your ACSS will be petitioning DPA to provide a similar adjustment for the eligible excluded employees in the non-general fund agencies.

UPDATE:Though the Sacramento Bee initially reported that the impacted employees would receive back pay with interest, the Bee has since corrected their story, indicating that the agreement will not include interest.

UPDATE #2: The Sacramento Bee also stated that the Office of Administrative Hearings was one of the affected agencies. This is incorrect. The fifth impacted agency is California State Lottery.

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ACSS @ EDD Hollywood Feb. 9

Posted: 1/31/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1396

Your ACSS Labor Relations Team is stopping by for a

Thursday, Feb. 9th
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
7116 Melrose Avenue, Room B
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Swing by your ACSS table during lunch time.

Labor Relations Representative Rocio Garcia-Reyes will be addressing current anti-state worker initiatives, pensions attacks, and much more.

Stop by to chat or ask any questions you may have about your career as a state supervisor, manager, or confidential employee.

Have a question now or just want to let us know you'll be stopping by?

Email us and let us know.

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UPDATE! CNN "financial makeover" eligibility expanded

Posted: 1/27/2012 Tags: budget furlough membership pension salary Tags Views: 2313

CNN's Money Magazine is looking to feature an ACSS member who meets certain criteria in a "financial makeover" story in which they will work with a financial planner to overcome economic difficulties that have resulted from state budget cuts.

UPDATED CRITERIA! Members must meet the following criteria:

* Annual household income of at least $80k
* Currently employed as a state worker
* Between 40-69 years old
* Your financial plans have been negatively impacted by furloughs, pay cuts, the possibility of pension cuts, etc.
* You must be comfortable with your real name, photograph, and financial details being published

If you meet the above criteria, email ACSS at kglidden@calcsea.org with the subject "Financial Makeover", include your full name, age, household salary range, and describe in 100 words or less how state budget cuts have impacted your current or future financial outlook.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Emails must be received no later than Thursday, February 2nd.

NOTE: Final selections of eligible members will be made by CNN Money.

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