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The Association of California State Supervisors presented its demands for this budget session to the Department of Personnel Administration in a meet and confer this morning (July 8). Five members of the ACSS executive committee and three ACSS staff members presented these demands to three DPA officials participating in the meeting. The questions and demands were generated from information provided by the full ACSS board of directors and the membership. The association was willing to accept as a given the pension reform plan being pushed by the governor and already accepted by six bargaining units. In exchange, we asked for several concessions by the governor. This pension reform plan reduces retirement benefits for state new hires but not for current state employees. It does increase the employee contribution by 5 percent of earnings. “We want some assurances this will not be all takeaways for excluded employees,” said President Arlene Espinoza. “We are the state’s management team, the employees who will be there no matter what happens to make sure the jobs for the citizens of California are being accomplished.” ACSS is asking for: 1. Protection from minimum wage. We want guaranteed continuous appropriation so that excluded employees will receive their full salaries through July 1, 2013. Excluded employees are being treated as a separate group in the current minimumwage negotiations rather than being tied to their bargaining units. 2. No furloughs for excluded employees through July 1, 2013. 3. The state to pick up the cost of benefit increases this fiscal year as has been agreed to by some bargaining units. 4. A new 5 percent salary step at the top of each pay scale to be implemented for excluded employees no later than July 2011, at least six months before the same benefit is implemented for rank and file. 5. Reduced planned leave days from 12, as negotiated for some rank-and-file bargaining units, to no more than eight for excluded employees. There would be no deadline for the time to use these days. The planned leave program would expire June 30, 2011.
6. The option for excluded employees to transfer the value of their leave hours above the limit of 600 into an investment program such as Savings Plus, a 401(k) or a 457 account. 7. The deadline to use banked furlough hours to be extended for excluded employees. We have asked for an expedited response and will report the results as soon as we have them.