CAPS' Legislative Program 2013
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Funding to Pay Statutorily Required Supervisory Pay Increases
In April 2008, the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA now CalHR), per their statutory authority, issued a decision increasing salary levels for 14 classifications of state scientist supervisors – an estimated 350 scientists. Regrettably, 5 years later, the Department of Finance (DOF) has yet to include funding for these statutorily mandated wage increases in the state budget nor have they provided the Legislature with information about this legal obligation.
This is in spite of the fact that a May 2011 Court of Appeal decision found that the DOF is statutorily required to provide this salary setting information to the Legislature for inclusion in the state budget. Specifically, the Appeal Court found: "Section 13337, subdivision (f), requires Finance to submit to the committees in the Assembly and Senate which consider appropriations and to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee ‘copies of the budget materials submitted to it’ by state agencies for Finance’s approval. Thus, the Legislature will be informed of the need for additional appropriations to fund the adjusted salaries."
DPA has set the salaries. DOF is statutorily obligated to include funding for scientific supervisor raises in the budget information presented to the Legislature. CAPS respectfully requests that the funds be placed in the 2013-14 state budget to comply with the law.
Lack of Competitive Salaries, Compaction Threaten State Environmental Programs
State employees have endured years of furloughs and other reductions in employee compensation. In fact, the Governor’s budget summary notes that reductions in employee compensation saved the state $6 billion in recent years. As a result, the state is no longer the employer of choice for scientific and related professionals. In fact, the state pay structure for scientists lags far behind the federal government, local agencies and other state employee classifications performing similar work.
This lack of competitive wages threatens state environmental and public health programs because state agencies can’t recruit and retain scientific professionals. CAPS will pursue correcting these wage inequities through collective bargaining.
The salary problem is particularly acute for supervisors and managers in scientific classifications, many of whom as noted above have been denied statutorily established pay raises for the last five years. As a result, many scientific supervisors and managers suffer salary compaction – which means they make the same or less than the employees who work for them. To remain competitive, the state must pay scientists wages that are comparable to other public entities and professionals working in state government.
CAPS plans to sponsor legislation this year to address the compaction problem by codifying the state’s current policy that supervisory and managerial classes receive salaries 10 percent above the classes they supervise. (CalHR Guide to Classification and Pay Policies and Procedures, Section Number 290.) The 10 percent buffer policy has been ignored for too long.
State Scientist Day 2013
CAPS is sponsoring a resolution to be authored by Asm. Pan to recognize the 25th Annual State Scientist Day on May 15, 2013. For a quarter of a century, CAPS has sponsored State Scientist Day on the grounds of the State Capitol to increase public awareness of the significant contributions made by scientists while entertaining and educating nearly 3,000 elementary school students with fun, hands-on science exhibits sponsored by state agencies and their scientists. State Scientists Day has sparked an interest in science for thousands of California school children, legislators, state employees and many others who participate in this special annual event. Please join us on May 15 on the West steps of the Capitol for the 25th Annual State Scientist Day.