Governor Unveils Pension Reform Plan

Yesterday, Governor Brown unveiled a 12-point plan to “… fix our pension systems so that they are fair and sustainable over a long time horizon.” If enacted, the Governor’s plan would affect both state and local government pensions. The Governor’s proposals are as follows: Equal Sharing of Pension Costs (All Employees and Employers):  Phase in requirement that the annual normal pension cost of pensions be shared equally by employees and employers. “Hybrid” Risk-Sharing Pension Plan (New Employees):  Establish a “hybrid” plan that includes a reduced defined benefit component and a defined contribution component that will be managed professionally to reduce the risk of employee investment loss. …

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Governor Signs Bill Abolishing Damages for Unlawful Strikes

Governor Brown has signed AB 857 which prohibits PERB from awarding damages "for costs, expenses, or revenue losses incurred during, or as a consequence of, an unlawful strike."  In essence, this bill abolishes any monetary liability of unions for staging, or threatening to stage, an unlawful strike. The Governor provided the following signing message: I am signing Senate Bill 857. This measure corrects a recent decision by PERB that it has the authority to award damages in response to a threatened strike. The PERB decision was not faithful to current law and could not have reasonably been anticipated by the parties…

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Governor Vetoes AB 101

In a surprising move, the Governor has vetoed AB 101 which would have allowed the unionization of home child care providers.  In his veto message, the Governor stated: Maintaining the quality and affordability of childcare is a very important goal. So too is making sure that working conditions are decent and fair for those who take care of our children. Balancing these objectives, however, as this bill attempts to do, is not easy or free from dispute. Today California, like the nation itself, is facing huge budget challenges. Given that reality, I am reluctant to embark on a program of…

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AB 101: Last Minute Amendment Would Add Child Care Providers to PERB’s Jurisdiction

It’s crunch time in the Legislature.  Last Friday—the deadline in the Assembly to amend any pending bills—AB 101 was amended to provide for the unionization of home child care providers.  AB 101 originally dealt with identifying general fund savings in the state’s developmental services system.  So the amendment of AB 101 was a classic “gut and amend.” The new AB 101 is sponsored by Speaker Perez with Senator Steinberg as the principal co-sponsor.  AB 101 would allow child care providers the right to unionize and participate in collective bargaining.  According to a post by the Sacramento Bee, this bill has been a priority…

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NLRB Region 20 Director Joe Frankl to Speak at IRANC Luncheon on September 8, 2011

If you're going to be in Sacramento on September 8, 2011, please come hear Joe Frankl speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California (IRANC).  Joe Frankl is the Director for Region 20 of the National Labor Relations Board.  He will be speaking on the NLRB and "What to Expect in the Future." Here are the details: Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011 Time: 11:30 A.M. Registration & Networking; Noon – Lunch & Speaker; 1:00 P.M. Adjourn Location: Firehouse Restaurant, Golden Eagle Room, 1112 Second Street, Old Sacramento, CA 95814 Menu: Choice of 1) Brown Derby Classic Salad; 2) Chicken…

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