Public Posting of MOU 2016-17 Summer 4-10 Schedule

May 13, 2017

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Between California School Employees Association
and its Placentia-Yorba Linda Chapter (293
And the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
May 18, 2017

This Memorandum of Understanding represents the conclusion of the parties’ negotiations on the
implementations of a 4-day/10-hour per day workweek schedule from June 19, 2017 until August
11, 2017. The parties agree to the following:

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PAC News Flash 05-11-17: Governor Releases May Revise

May 11, 2017


Thursday, May 11, 2017

GOVERNOR RELEASES MAY REVISE

 Today, the Governor released the May Revise, which is the update to the January budget proposals adjusted for the most current revenue and expenditure data.

While the Governor continued to call for fiscal constraint, the May Revise proposal did reflect modest improvement over January’s proposed budget and provided increases for school districts, County Offices of Education and Community Colleges.

Highlights of the Governor’s May Revise Proposal Include:

K-12 Education

• Proposition 98 – As a result of growth in General Fund revenues, the Proposition 98 funding guarantee increased to $74.6 billion compared to the $73.5 billion proposed in January.

• Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – The May Revise provides an additional $1.4 billion for the LCFF. This almost double the $744 million proposed in January. This includes a cost-of living adjustment (COLA) of 1.56 percent, an increase from the January estimate of 1.48 percent, for school districts, County Offices of Education (COEs) and charter schools.

A COLA of 1.56 percent for school districts, COEs, and charter schools is provided within the increases for the LCFF. Caution: The amount of discretionary increases in a district budget can be different from this COLA.

• One-Time Discretionary Funding – The May Revise proposes over $1 billion, compared to $287 million proposed in January, in discretionary one-time Proposition 98 funding for school districts, COEs, and charter schools. The Budget suggests, but does not require that the funding be used to further the implementation of common core standards, professional development and deferred maintenance.

• Proposition 39 – The May Revise reduces funding to $376.2 million, compared to $422.9 million proposed in January, for K-12 schools for energy efficiency projects. The reduction is based on lower revenue estimates.

• Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) – For categorical programs, the May Revise provides an increase of $3.2 million over the $58 million proposed in January to support the increase in the COLA from 1.48 percent to 1.56 percent for categorical programs outside the LCFF. These programs include: Special Education, Child Nutrition, Foster Youth, Preschool, American Indian Education Centers, and American Indian Early Childhood Education Program.

• Future One-Time Funding Adjustments – The Department of Finance has also indicated that they are proposing language that would allow the administration to prospectively adjust Proposition 98 one-time funds if it is determined that actual revenues are below estimated revenues. This would apply to both K-12 and Community Colleges.

Community Colleges

• Increased Operating Expenses – Provides $184 million, compared to $23.6 million in January, for support of increased operating expenses in areas such as employee benefits, facilities, professional development, and other general expenses.

• Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) – Provides $97 million, compared to $94.1 million proposed in January, to reflect a COLA that increased from 1.48 percent to 1.56 percent for apportionments.

• Student Access – Proposes a decrease to $57.8 million, compared to $79.3 million proposed in January, to reduce growth funding from 1.34 percent to 1 percent.

• Guided Pathways – Provides $150 million to fund the Guided Pathways Program. This is the same funding level proposed in January.

• Deferred Maintenance and Instructional Equipment – Provides $135.8 million, compared to $47.3 million proposed in January, for deferred maintenance, instructional equipment, and specified water conservation projects.

• Proposition 39 – Proposes a decrease to $46.5 million, compared to $52.3 million proposed in January, for community college energy efficiency project grants.
What’s Next?

The May Revise is the update to the Governor’s budget proposal based on updated revenue and expenditure data. The Senate and Assembly will now review the Governor’s May Revise proposal and each house will adopt their own budgets. The two houses will then convene a Conference Committee to address any differences in their respective budgets before sending a single budget to the Governor. The Constitution requires a budget to be adopted by June 30th.

Caution: This report is based on a preliminary analysis of the budget. Some proposals may change as additional details become available. We will provide you with additional reports on any new and significant findings.

If you wish to comment or would like additional information, please contact the CSEA Governmental Relations Office at (916) 444-0598. Letters can be sent to 1127 11th Street, Suite. 346, Sacramento, CA 95814.


Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is Saturday, May 13

May 11, 2017


The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive—

Food drive helps letter carriers give back to communities

Final preparations are underway for the 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive on Saturday, May 13.

And America’s letter carriers will be ready for it, NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging,” he said. “Despite the challenges, we look forward to it each year because of the important role we’re playing in the fight against hunger in this country.”

As letter carriers are keenly aware, too many of our customers live in challenging situations, uncertain of where their next meal will come.

“We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week,” Rolando said, “and because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”

Food Drive History

The NALC National Food Drive is the outgrowth of a tradition of community service exhibited repeatedly by members of the letter carriers union over the years. These carriers, who go into neighborhoods in every town six days a week, have always been involved when something needed to be done, whether it be collecting funds for a charity like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, watching over the elderly through the Carrier Alert program, assisting the American Red Cross during time of disaster, or rescuing victims of fires, crime, and other mishaps.

For many years, a number of branches had collected food for the needy as part of their community service effort.

The national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a number of leaders at the time, including NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto, AFL-CIO Community Services Director Joseph Velasquez and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.

Input from food banks and pantries suggested that late spring would be the best time since by then most food banks in the country start running out of donations received during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

A revamped drive was organized for May 15, 1993—the second Saturday in May—with a goal of having at least one NALC branch in each of the 50 states participating. The result was astounding. More than 11 million pounds of food was collected—a one-day record in the United States—involving more than 220 union branches.

From Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii, letter carriers did double duty—delivering mail and picking up donations. It just grew and grew from that point.

In 2010, the food drive surpassed the 1 billion pound park in total food collected over its history.

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PAC NEWS FLASH 05-04-17: US House of Representatives Passes Trumpcare

May 5, 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives today narrowly passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, which CSEA and many other groups strongly opposed. With a final vote of 217-213, every Republican Congressmember from California voted for the bill; all the Democrats voted against it.

The House bill repeals and replaces major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most notably removing the mandate for insurance coverage, rolling back coverage for essential medical benefits, and breaking a promise to Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate, where it faces more opposition. California’s two senators, both Democrats, are already on record opposing the repeal of the ACA.

The bill would leave at least 24 million more Americans without health insurance and cause insurance premiums to spike next year, according to an earlier analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It would cost California billions in lost Medi-Cal funding and drive up premiums-especially for older people.

According to the New York Times, Republican leaders changed the House bill to woo hard-line conservatives, allowing state governments to roll back required coverage for “essential” services like maternity and emergency care. States could also seek waivers that would let insurers charge higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions, forcing them into “high risk” pools that California has tried in the past and found to be too expensive for working people to afford.

The bill would also cut $24 billion in funding and make profound changes to Medi-Cal, the health program for low-income people. It would result in more than four million Californians losing coverage, and increase insurance premiums and deductibles for many more. At the same time, the bill would repeal many of the ACA taxes on high-income people, insurers and drug companies.

“This is a terrible bill,” Association President Ben Valdepena said, “We must re-double our efforts to defeat it in the Senate.”

If you wish to comment or would like additional information, please contact the CSEA Governmental Relations Office at (916) 444-0598. Letters can be sent to 1127 11th Street, Suite. 346, Sacramento, CA 95814.


May 8 Chapter 293 Meeting Reminder

May 4, 2017

CSEA Chapter 293
is teaming up with

President of CalPERS

Rob Feckner

Rob will be at our May Chapter meeting to answer your questions, and will be available to notarize your power of attorney and beneficiary forms.

You MUST PRINT the forms and bring them with you, we will not have any blank forms available.

When: May 8th, 5:15pm

Where: PDA, 4999 Casa Loma Ave., YL

Why: To protect your retirement assets

CalPERS Members:
Do you have your power of attorney set up?
Did you designate a beneficiary?

Do this BEFORE retirement!

Click here for power of attorney form:

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/forms-publications/special-power-attorney-pub.pdf

Click here for beneficiary designation form:

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/forms-publications/beneficiary-designation.pdf

Did you work for a CalPERS-covered employer before you became a CalPERS member? Buy back service credit for the years you worked but you were not in CalPERS.

Click here for service credit estimator:

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/active-members/retirement-benefits/service-credit/service-credit-cost-estimator

888 CalPERS (or 888 -225-7377)       https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/home

 

 

 


PAC News Flash 05-01-17: Opposition to the American Health Care Act – Trumpcare

May 1, 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

This morning, President Trump is saying he has the votes to pass his revised healthcare bill this week, but we can still stop this disaster from happening.

 We need to flood our representatives in Congress with phone calls – today!

This revised bill (the American Health Care Act) is worse than the last one! It’s still Trumpcare: It still leaves 24 million Americans uninsured, still cuts Medi-Cal, still cuts more than $800 billion from our healthcare system, and it’s still a tax giveaway for the drug companies, insurance executives and the rich.

But now, the new MacArthur amendment makes a bad bill even worse. It breaks the promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions by “allowing” states to opt out of this mandate. It also permits states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover 10 essential health benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, maternity care and mental health.

In other words, insurers could cut key benefits and charge people thousands of dollars more based on their medical conditions.

But can’t California just opt-out of the waiver? No – California would still face massive cuts to Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies and federal healthcare funding and millions of people would lose coverage as a result.

Follow the money! Without billions in federal funding, it’s hard to maintain minimum standards.  Insurers could threaten to withdraw from Read the rest of this entry »