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CEMA Office Holiday Schedule Salary Realignments Sent To The County CEMA Executive Board Elections CEMA Members In Registrar of Voters Pull Together To Count the Vote
CEMA Office Holiday Schedule The CEMA office will be open during the holidays.  The holiday schedule is:
Salary Realignments Sent To The County Posted below are the classifications that have been recommended by CEMA to the County for realignment. 
CEMA Executive Board Elections It’s time to elect CEMA Executive Board members.
CEMA Members In Registrar of Voters Pull Together To Count the Vote Many of you may have seen the numerous stories in the media regarding the resignation of a CEMA IT Manager in the Registrar of Voters on Election Day.

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March is the Final Month to Apply for OE3 Scholarships

Be sure to have your sons, daughters, stepchildren or foster children apply for these academic scholarships.   Full Story

CEMA Welcomes New Business Representative Leslie Leone

Leslie Leone was recently hired as the OE3/CEMA business representative.  Full Story

CEMA Gets Commitment on Salary Study for EPIC Members

CEMA representatives have successfully lobbied to have the EPIC salaries re-examined by the County  Full Story

CEMA Makes a Difference in Mid-Year Budget Decisions!

Last month, DFCS/SSA presented a mid-year budget to the County Executives that included 27 positions.   Full Story

County’s Director of Child Support Services Dismissed!

Read the SanJoseInside for the scoop on John Vartanian’s dismissal.

County Office of Human Relations Reports on High Cost of Living

Read this very insightful article, put together by the County’s OHR Department.   Full Story

Defined Benefit Plans More Cost Effective

View this non-nonsense report, written by the National Institute on Retirement Security, which clearly shows DB Plans to be more cost effective than defined contribution plans.

Fear vs. Truth Regarding Unfunded Liability

The words, “unfunded liability” cause fear and knee-jerk reactions, but read  Full Story

Union Employees Help Bankruptcy Process

This insightful article in The Sacramento Bee shows how collaboration with unions have helped municipalities  Full Story

Wall St: We Won’t Tell You How We Invest Your $

Increasing, states and municipalities are refusing to divulge how your retirement dollars are being invested.  Read this troubling article by David Sirota of  Moyers & Company

The Bad News: It’s Going To Take Longer To Retire!

For new employees, it will take longer before you can receive pension benefits.  Read the article  Full Story

Lost Your Ballot?

If you lost your election ballot or didn’t receive one, you must contact TrueBallot at 866-273-1620 to get a replacement.  Remember, ballots will be counted the morning of February 27th, 2015, so your ballot must be received by then.

New Meal Reimbursement Changes

Read the tax implications for certain meal reimbursements, written by  Full Story

Upcoming Merit System Rules Changes

Coming shortly before the Board of Supervisors are changes to the Merit System Rules that should ease  Full Story

CalPERS Posts Big Gain

CALPers posted 18.4% gains in 2014.   This is Great News for All of our Pension Holders.

Los Angeles Times

Courts Finally Getting Some Much Needed Funding

Good news for Court CEMA members as the State Increases Funding to Trial Courts.   Full Story

Unit Based Teams at VMC and County Wide

CEMA is exploring using our Cross Departmental Training feature of our contract to allow CEMA  Full Story

Update of Executive Recruitments

Currently many Executive recruitments are underway or will be shortly and CEMA  Full Story

Daughters of Charity Hospital Sale Falls Through

The deal falls through!  Turns out Prime isn’t interested in the 10-yr deal.  Read California Attorney General,  Full Story

Realignment Update

Read about the newest update as of 2/25/2015.   Full Story

County’s Mid-Year Budget Cycle

By now you’ve probably heard that the County is going through it’s mid-year budget cycle.  During this process,  Full Story


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Welcome New Members - October 2014;

  • Ashley Bejarano -- VHP
  • Silka Carboh -- SSA
  • Linda Diaz -- Public Health
  • Jonna Dunne -- VMC
  • Wen-Kai Fan -- HHS
  • Salvador Heredia -- Probation
  • Don Hoagland -- FAF
  • Socorro Muniz -- SSA
  • Susan Parise -- VMC
  • Julie Ramirez -- County Executive
  • Susan Runsvold -- VMC
  • Kathleen Sandoval -- SSA
  • Monica Smith -- HHS
  • Christine Vo -- VHP
  • Cynthia Ziebell -- VMC
  • Christin Zienkiewicz -- SSA

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