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June 30, 2014 -- Gubernatorial candidates address state employees at ASEA Annual Convention

The Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA) celebrates its 46th year of serving the state employees of Arkansas at Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th.

The convention theme is “Building a Bridge to Success.” Presented by Liberty Mutual, the convention will focus on teamwork, organization and legislative priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session.

“In light of rising health benefit costs and the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment this year, now more than ever, state employees must be equipped with the necessary tools to communicate their needs to legislators and the new governor,” said Danny James, ASEA Executive Director.

Friday morning attendees will hear from Fmr. State Representative, Johnnie Roebuck who will present a workshop on best practices for communicating with legislators. ASEA will also host a banquet Friday night to highlight outstanding employees. ASEA will announce the 2014 Outstanding State Employee who will receive a $1000 cash prize.

This year gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) have been invited to address state employees during the Saturday, August 16th session. ASEA will also honor outstanding chapters and recruiters.

“This event is an opportunity to put Arkansas state employees in the spotlight. They are the people who teach, treat and assist the citizens of Arkansas,” James said. “It is truly an honor to work on their behalf.”

Registration is now open. The cost is $40 for the full convention package. Visit www.aseaar.org for more information or to register. All are invited to attend. Convention sponsors are Liberty Mutual, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Qual Choice, Arkansas Employees Federal Credit Union, Hagan-Newkirk, VSP and Purchasing Power.

 

June 25,2014 -- ASEA Issues Statement Regarding Special Session

Each special session that is planned to address public school employees continues to negatively impact state employees. Unfortunately reports regarding the special session have left out state employees who face spouses being removed from plans, higher premium costs and added deductibles. 

"It's unfortunately that state employees are considered as an afterthought," said Executive Director, Danny James. "The state employee plan is not bankrupt at this time. Changes can be made during the regular session to ensure that the state employee insurance plan remains solvent. The special session, we feel, inappropriate for our plan that is currently doing well."

During the fiscal session state employees were denied a COLA. If received, however; the one percent that was proposed was not sufficient to cover the premium increase and deductible. On behalf of state employees, we urge legislators not to remove spouses from the state employee plan and find a way to fund the COLA.

 

June 17, 2014 -- Arkansas State Employees Association Awards $6000 in Academic Scholarships

The Arkansas State Employees Association is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 recipients of the John F. Motes Scholarship. The annual scholarships are designed to assist ASEA members and their families to offset the rising cost of tuition. By supporting our members’ and their families’ college education, we are nurturing a talented, skilled and educated workforce for the State of Arkansas.

This year more than 60 applications were received from around the state. The applications were narrowed to six finalists by the scholarship committee.

“Originally we were to award only three scholarships. The committee was blown away and unable to narrow down the six finalists to three,” said Assistant Executive Director, John Bridges. “After much consideration all six were awarded the $1000 scholarship. It was a tough decision; each student demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, involvement in student activities and community service.”
The John F. Motes Scholarship is awarded in honor of the impact that John Motes had on the lives of others and for his dedication to the State of Arkansas. The scholarship is funded by the ASEA Walk of Fame and a percentage of annual convention sponsorships.

Meet the 2014-2015 John F. Motes Scholarship recipients.

  • Sheridan High School graduate, Kayelyn Bibb is the daughter of ASEA member, Jonathan Bibb of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Bibb will attend Henderson State University.
  • Warren High School graduate, Chynna Davis is the daughter of ASEA member, Marcella Davis of the Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. Davis will attend the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Mena High School graduate, Renee Fergason is the daughter of ASEA member Shari Dominguez of the Department of Work Force Services. Fergason will attend Rich Mountain Community College.
  • Benton High School graduate, Perry William Mills is the son of ASEA member Richard William Mills of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics. Mills will attend the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
  • Henderson State University junior, Clayton Sorrells is the son of ASEA member Celeste Spiers-Sorrells of the Department of Human Services. Sorrells is a nursing student with plans to enroll into medical school.
  • Mount Ida High School senior, Landon Woodfield is the son of ASEA member Joel Woodfield of the Arkansas Department of Health. Woodfield will attend the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

 

July 10, 2013

The Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA) celebrates its 45th year of serving the state employees of Arkansas at Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th.

The overall theme of the convention is to address the needs of state employees with regards to their economic, mental and physical health. Friday morning, August 16th ASEA will host workshops centered on retirement, financial planning, healthy habits and stress management. More 

 

October 29, 2013

The Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA) has increased the size of its annual scholarship awarded to ASEA members and their dependents for the 2014-2015 academic year. More