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Important Events

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Event:

Committee Workshops

Dates:

May 2 & 3, 2014

Place:

ACSS HQ
1108 O St
Sacramento, CA

NOTE: The workshops are only for the PAC and Legislative Committees, the Presidents' Forum, and the ACSS Board of Directors.

Please call ACSS HQ at (800) 624-2137 to arrange your hotel registration.

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Association of
California State Supervisors

1108 O Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 326-4257 • (800) 624-2137

For questions about this site, contact Kevin Glidden at (916) 326-4302 or kglidden@calcsea.org

ACSS News

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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.

State Worker column: A mailing snafu at CDCR has caused layoffs to be delayed a month. Cost to the state: $7 million. And federal mail regulations may have been violated.

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The Sacramento Bee reports this morning that the Legislative Analyst's Office is recommending that lawmakers go along with the governor's proposal to cut state employee pay, saying the state's fiscal distress warrants the action. Read the LAO report here.

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At its January board meeting, the ACSS board of directors unanimously agreed to pursue possible legal action related to the furlough of its members. We've developed a survey to help our chief counsel gather information for this potential lawsuit. You may have received this survey in your email; if not, please click on the survey link and answer a few questions here. The survey is short and your answers will be kept confidential. Please note: As referred to in the survey, "self-directed" furlough means you could choose the days you took your furlough time off rather than having those days determined for you (such as the first three Fridays the governor has now ordered).

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Sending emails to your legislators or the governor, or national representatives, is easy with our "Contact Your Legislators" button, at left. When you press the button, you get a form asking for your address or Zip code. Once you've filled in the information, the email links to your representatives automatically appear. Write your reps today to tell them how you feel about the burdens the governor has placed on you and all excluded employees!

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During 2010, ACSS members will be reimbursed for mileage used on behalf of the organization at 50 cents a mile. ACSS follows the federal guidelines for mileage reimbursement. To access our ACSS information blog items, click on "Info for Members" under "Blog Topics" to the left of the home page. Our information items are collected there for easy review.

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The Secretary of State's office has OK'd three initiatives that would cut public pensions to begin the signature-gathering phase to qualify for the November ballot. The State Worker blog item contains informational links.

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Fourteen unions and state worker associations, including ACSS, wrote a letter to legislative leaders asking them to support AB 1125, which would require state workers continue to be paid their full salaries if the budget is delayed. The State Worker looks at the grim issue.

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A San Francisco judge has ruled against the California Association of Professional Scientists in its furlough lawsuit against the governor, saying that CAPS didn't present sufficient evidence to show the governor had abused his discretion.

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After a "wild ride" last year, with stock markets plunging early in the year, CalPERS reports it earned an 11.80 percent return on its investments for 2009. The market value of CalPERS' assets has come back by $46 billion.

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CalPERS will hold two daylong discussions on the future of public pension plans: Jan. 29 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Feb. 12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Local, state and national retirement experts will discuss solutions that balance the need for reasonable retirement benefits with economic and fiscal realities.

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The just-published Winter 2010 Today's Supervisor has been posted on this Web site under the "Newsroom" tab. Did you know your license plates were made at Folsom Prison? On the cover, you'll see a rare glimpse of the inside of the busy, colorful prison license plate factory, overseen by board member Carlos Chavez. You can read about this and other prison industries inside.

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The ACSS board of directors, at its quarterly meeting Jan. 16, unanimously adopted a strategic plan that will guide the organization, the chapters and the members into a more dynamic future. We will report on this plan in various formats in the weeks to come. In the meantime, check out our PowerPoint outline.

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The governor won one Friday: The San Francisco appeals court ruled that state Controller John Chiang cannot restore correctional officers to full pay for the time they work -- despite the fact an Alameda judge ruled in December that the "self-directed" furloughs at prisons violate labor law. The debate will continue: The CCPOA has until Thursday to file more arguments.

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In her column this week (at left), ACSS President Arlene Espinoza exposes the dishonesty in the governor's Jan. 8 letter to state employees and calls for ACSS members to write the governor and tell him how you feel about the unfair burden he has placed on his state's management team. Send copies to your legislators and please copy ACSS as well. We would like to share some of your remarks.

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For a brief round-up of some pertinent state worker issues, see this morning's State Worker blog: A food-for-thought letter on the mathematics of the governor's proposed pay cut; the controversy over Controller John Chiang's vow to pay correctional officers; Assembly committee approval to allow BOE workers to move; the $500,000-plus payments, so far, to one law firm to fight the furlough lawsuits.

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