CSEA's Annual Conference
CSEA’s 89th Annual Conference is currently underway at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The week-long event continues through Friday, July 31, 2015. Over the course of a week, dedicated classified employees from all over California will share ideas, debate and vote on resolutions, adopt a budget, elect state officers and present awards for outstanding service and achievement. The conference is where CSEA members set the leadership, legislative and budgetary direction of the union.
Association President Bilbrey trumpets successes, outlines challenges in State of the Union
In his second State of the Union address as Association President, Michael Bilbrey reflected on major accomplishments of the past year and told delegates he is confident that CSEA members are ready, willing and able to face the challenges ahead.
Delegates converge on Paris Las Vegas
Thousands of CSEA member-delegates, staff and guests poured into the Paris Las Vegas hotel Sunday in preparation for the 89th Annual Conference, which officially begins Monday, July, 27. After registering, delegates perused the many benefits provided by CSEA and met members of CSEA’s state committees in the Benefit Provider Area. The Community College Forum attracted members who work at community colleges across California, giving them an opportunity to discuss issues that specifically affect them as college employees.
2015 Members of the Year
Each year, CSEA honors members who go above and beyond in service to students and CSEA with the Member of the Year award. This years winners are: Lee Anne Gaxiola from Gilroy Chapter 69, Lauro Jimenez from College of the Desert Chapter 407, Debbi Partridge from Yosemite Community College District Chapter 420, Paul Rasso from Colton Chapter 244 and Margaret Warder from Laguna Beach Chapter 131.
Governor signs budget
California's new 2015-16 budget increases education funding over last year's level by $7.6 billion. When combined with increases of $6.1 billion in 2013-14 and 2014-15 as well as other one-time savings and adjustments in those years, there has been an increased investment in K-14 education of more than $14 billion.
Proposed ballot measure takes aim at retirement security
Anti-pension politicians have revived their effort to deny retirement security for public servants such as classified employees, teachers, police officers and firemen by filling a statewide ballot initiative that would eliminate secure pensions for all new employees without guaranteeing any other type of retirement benefit in return.
2015 Classified Employees of the Year
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the recipients of California’s 2015 Classified Employees of the Year award. Five of the six recipients are CSEA members: Raul Torres, Alfredo Perez, Janelle Cranch, Phoebe Minick and Gricelda Garcia De Cardenas. Congratulations!
CSEA member wins Community College Classified Employees of the Year award
Donni Jean Prince, a veterans resource specialist and member of CSEA’s Desert Community College District Chapter 407 was named one of California’s Community College Classified Employees of the Year. The award honors community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges.
What is happening to the Middle Class in California?
The investigative journalists at Capital and Main have devoted a month-long series to finding out what happens when power, politics and income inequality collide.
CalPERS State of the System 2015
California Public Employees’ Retirement System President Rob Feckner provides an overview of the current state of your pension system along with its strategic goals.