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Unions discuss possible implications of Supreme Court case on fair share fees

Posted Jan 13, 2016

Sacramento Bee,  Jan. 13, 2016 -- State and local public union officials plowed through a 100-page U.S. Supreme Court transcript on Monday, trying to divine how the nine justices are leaning in a case with the potential to tie a knot in the pipeline of money that feeds their treasuries.

While the outcome of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could end compulsory payments to government unions, maintain the status quo or fall somewhere in between, the labor leaders interviewed by The Sacramento Bee remained optimistic regardless of the outcome that their associations would adapt.

“We’ll continue to exist,” said Dave Low, executive director of the California School Employees Association, “but it would weaken us.”

 

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One pension scheme shelved -- New ballot measure planned

Posted Oct 08, 2015

Chuck Reed and Carl DeMaio announced they will not be circulating for signatures the pension initiative they previously announced earlier this year while promising to announce two more pension initiatives. The decision reflects, again, that Reed and company can't "handle the truth" about their pension schemes. Impact of Reed/DeMaio Pension Measures on New Public Employees

 

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CSR Legislative Report - September 15, 2015

Posted Sep 15, 2015

The following PDF is a list of bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

September 15, 2015 Legislative Report

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CSR Legislative Report - August 28, 2015

Posted Aug 28, 2015

The following PDF is a list of bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

August 28, 2015 Legislative Report

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Attorney General releases summary on Reed initiative

Posted Aug 12, 2015

Proponents of a California ballot initiative requiring pension changes to go through a public vote on Tuesday rejected Attorney General Kamala Harris’ official description of the measure as an attempt “to try to mislead the public.”

For every ballot measure, the attorney general’s office issues a short name and description to appear on the petitions that backers use to get signatures. Because it is often the entry point for voters to understand what’s in a ballot initiative, the wording carries high stakes.

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Reed/DeMaio initiative threatens the middle class

Posted Jul 27, 2015

By Dave Low, chair of Californians for Retirement Security

In their never-ending effort to force-feed warmed-over political ideas to a skeptical public, the pension attackers are back, using new poll-tested language and focus-grouped talking points to undermine retirement security for millions of working families.

Under the Orwellian moniker of the “Voter Empowerment Act,” former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and their anti-pension cohorts are proposing nothing short of gutting the public employee pension system – one of the last bastions of middle-class economic security.

They are falsely selling their proposed ballot measure as a potential cut in pensions for new employees. In reality, it could cut or eliminate pensions earned by current employees for future work.

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CSR Legislative Report - July 17, 2015

Posted Jul 20, 2015

The following PDF is a list of bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

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CSR Legislative Report - July 1, 2015

Posted Jul 01, 2015

The following PDF is a list of Bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

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CSR Legislative Report - June 15, 2015

Posted Jun 15, 2015

The following PDF is a list of Bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

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Debunking the “Crowding Out” Myth About Pensions

Posted Jun 09, 2015

By Brian Rice, President of the Sacramento Area Firefighters 

When they announced their ballot measure last week, critics of public employee retirement benefits engaged in hyperbole and pointing to potholes as evidence that millions of elderly Californians should be stripped of their retirement savings. Cities, they claim, are spending so much on retired police officers, firefighters and other employees that services – such as filling potholes or maintaining parks – are getting “crowded out.”

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