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PD Luncheon is a Big Success! What are Unit Based Teams? Salary Realignments Sent To The County CEMA Executive Board Elections Results
PD Luncheon is a Big Success! The luncheon on May 14, 2015, was very well attended.  Read President’s Chantri’s speech. Chantri PD Speech 5-14-15
What are Unit Based Teams?

A new Toolkit shared!

The linked documents have a wealth of information surrounding the Unit Based Teams
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 Results

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CEMA is Working on New Budget

Your CEMA Executive Board is spending a considerable amount of attention to organizing our finances as the transition  Full Story

A Tale of Two Silicon Valleys

Our members in Office of Human Relations have prepared and in depth look at two distinct communities  Full Story

The What, Where and Who Regarding Your Personnel Files

The Count of Santa Clara Human Resources Practices Manuel is particularly informative on the issue of personnel files  Full Story

OE3 District 90 Picnic – A Fun Time for Adults and Kids

District 90 is hosting their annual picnic on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 11am – 3pm at Christmas Hill Park (Mulberry area)  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

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

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 Welcomes New Business Representative Leslie Leone

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

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

Upcoming PD Event May 14

Join us for a Professional Development event with Supervisor Dave Cortese.  Full Story

Final Stages of SSA Director Interviews

The County has invited CEMA, SEIU, the South Bay Labor Council, La Raza, and County Executives,  Full Story

County Requests a Stricter Background and Credit Check for SSA

he County recently approached CEMA requesting their input on a stricter criminal background  Full Story

Requesting a Disability Accommodation

If you are an employee and you present the County with a doctor’s note indicating that you  Full Story


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