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Author: ACSS Communications Created: 11/13/2008 5:13 PM
Keeping members current with the latest news about ACSS and state excluded employees.

President Olin King has initiated a strategic planning effort that includes rewriting our mission and vision statements. "So many changes are taking place,” King said, “that we find ourselves in a dynamic environment for excluded employees. If we don’t plan, we will be ill-prepared to deal with our future.”
 
The immediate future portends a slow economy, threats to state workers’ incomes, benefits and even jobs and the potential loss of nearly half of the state’s supervisors and managers to retirement in the next five years. There’s good news, too: DPA, with ACSS’ involvement, is (click headline to continue)

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State Controller John Chiang has once again stood up for state workers. In a short statement issued Dec. 19, Chiang criticized the governor's executive order, saying it was the painful result of the governor's and Legislature's failure to resolve the budget crisis. "It is clear that the governor's executive order would hurt public servants and in turn adversely impact our economy and slow its recovery," he wrote.

In a letter dated Dec. 23, Chiang proposed the federal government authorize a limited guaranty program for state or local infrastructure bonds to help jump-start the economy. He said the proposal could "prevent the cancellation of important state and local government projects. ... Local economies recover when people are put back to work and physical assets are created." I

n a Dec. 22 letter,  Chiang warned the governor and Legislature and the state is less than 70 days from running out of cash. He characterizing the state's financial crisis as "dire."

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ACSS President Olin King on Dec. 23 wrote Gov. Schwarzenegger a letter criticizing his plan to furlough state workers two days a month. The governor's executive order, King said, "transfers the deficit to the backs of your 238,000 state employees." He asked the governor to rescind the order and to meet with him and the rest of the ACSS board members.

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Democratic leaders negotiating with the governor say the negotiations have "significantly narrowed" and a deal is "very close," The Sacramento Bee reports. Talks are continuing over the weekend by phone with the governor, who is vacationing in Idaho, and Democrats are hopeful a deal will be approved by the end of next week.

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Using hand-held phones while driving became illegal July 1. Beginning Jan. 1, Senate Bill 28 will also make it illegal to write, send or read text messages while driving. Violations could result in fines but do not add points to the offender's driving record. The bill alludes to more driving restrictions in the future: applying makeup, shaving and reading, for example.

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Gazing into your crystal ball next Christmas, were the furloughs good for California? State Worker columnist, Jon Ortiz, gives a mostly imaginary glimpse.

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According to The Sacramento Bee Web site this morning, cutting two state workers' holidays is one of the concessions the governor is still demanding from Democratic legislators as they scramble to fix the budget deficit. A major issue is whether the legislators will relax environmental review for state transportation projects. The legislators claim the reduction will give the administration too much control. Schwarzenegger's office estimates his proposal would create 18,000 jobs.

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New York Times columnist Bob Herbert this morning praises the "vilified" American workers. "Working men and women are not getting the credit they deserve for the jobs they do without squawking every day, for the hardships they are enduring in this downturn and for the collective effort they are willing to make to get through the worst economic crisis in the U.S. in decades," he writes. In an early morning television interview, Herbert said he was speaking of all workers, whether union or not, and that the government and the media had let them down.

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ACSS board member Elnora Fretwell tells The Sacramento Bee that state workers "feel like pawns" as yet another administration aims budget cuts at the employees. "All of us are fair game," she said in the front-page article. Her photo's on the back page. Fretwell is a supervisor with CalSTRS.

The article pointed out a new possibility for the furlough plan: that workers could have their pay cut without being given the time off until later. Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley says that idea is "not off the table," according to the story. Jolley told The Bee there would be very few exemptions to the furlough.

In other news, two unions have filed lawsuits and SEIU Local 1000 has filed an unfair practice charge against the governor's furlough plan.

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After refusing to sign a budget plan put forth by Democrats, Gov. Schwarzenegger yesterday ordered furloughs for state employees and "surplus" notices for the state's 20 percent least senior workers. Furloughs will begin Feb. 1 for rank and file and supervisors, Jan. 15 for managers and exempts, and will continue through June 30, 2010. Surplused workers will be subject to layoff, transfer or demotion beginning 120 days after receiving their notices.

Reaction to the measure has been strong. In an eblast yesterday to members, ACSS President Olin King said the order "won’t come close to resolving the deficit. This is showboating of the highest order.” He added: “It is counter to what President-Elect Obama is doing. Obama is trying to create jobs and the governor’s creating unemployment.”

We are protesting this unfair order and urge you to use our Legislative Action Center, at left, to tell the governor and the media your thoughts. We believe the governor and Legislature should focus on cutting expenses and increasing revenue, not on -- yet again -- placing an unfair burden on state workers.

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ACSS met with CDCR on Dec. 11. At this meeting, rather than pose new agenda items, ACSS asked CDCR to respond to all pending issues from the last meeting.

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CalPERS announced today it has appointed Anne Stausboll, a former CSEA attorney, as the pension fund's new chief executive officer. Stausboll worked for CSEA from January 1987 through December 1992. She will be the first woman CEO to head the pension fund. For the past eightmonths, Stausboll has served as CalPERS' interim CIO. For four years before that, she was the system's chief investment operating officer. She also served as general counsel for state Tresurer Phil Angelides and California's chief deputy treasurer.

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The Republican legislative leaders released their plan to close the budget shortfall late Monday. Total cuts: $22 billion. They maintain the governor's proposed day-a-month furlough for state workers and the loss of two paid holidays. They also propose legislators take a 5 percent paycut. Here are lists of the plan's specific revenues and cuts.

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The Sacramento Bee's "State Worker" blog, by columnist Jon Ortiz, has posted portions of a recent interview with ACSS President Olin King. Ortiz talked to Olin for a Dec. 8 front-page story on state workers' reactions to layoff threats. He had room in the story for only a brief quote from King, so he added some comments in his blog.

A couple of them: On correlating staffing to state revenue: "Many revenue-gathering agencies have been understaffed for some time. If the Board of Equalization, for example, employed enough auditors, the state would get more revenue."

On what ACSS members are saying: Our members are concerned that the governor is not being fair with them. ... They're confronted with the same increases in cost of living as everyone else. The governor should remember that. He shouldn't do something just because he has the power to do it."

Ortiz would welcome your comments on this and other posts. Email him at jortiz@sacbee.com. Copy us at lholderness@calcsea.org.

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The budget stalemate is getting nastier. A Sacramento Bee editorial accuses Republicans of holding the budget hostage for policy changes wanted by the California Chamber of Commerce. The writer calls the tactic "a dangerous game." See also: "Budget talks with Schwarzenegger dead" and Capitol columnist Dan Walters'  "Deficit soars, but deadlock persists."

ACSS members: Please use our Legislative Action Center to contact your legislators to insist they resolve this budget crisis.

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