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Many of you have asked about the meeting with OPM. Below is the status and our thoughts:
We are pleased that Merit will be returned to a percentage of salary, as this was number one on our list. Career Service will also be included as a percentage of salary unlike in the past. These two together will allow state employees to move along their grade faster than before, and should help reduce job hopping. Another of our recommendations was included to allow local managers to adjust salaries if additional job duties are assigned. We are very happy about this being implemented.
Our concern lies with new hires receiving the bulk of the raises. Salary compression between new hires and veterans is an important concern for ASEA. We understand the need to attract quality candidates, but we also feel that veterans who have been patient through insurance premium increases and small COLA increases should also be rewarded.
We are asking for a carve out for veteran employees of eight years of service and more, with quality PE scores to somehow accelerate faster to their midpoint to separate themselves from the new starting salaries. One idea is to double down on Career Service payments until they have reached their mid-point.
We are working with OPM to see how many employees this would effect and how much it might cost.
Our 48th Annual Convention August 12th - 13th was a hit! Click here for our newsletter with some of the pics from the events in it!
ASEA Appoints New Communications Director
December 23, 2015 (Little Rock, AR) - Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA), has appointed Shauna Carpenter to serve as their new Communications Director. Ms. Carpenter will be responsible for managing the company’s social media pages, the websites, the printed and digital newsletters, press releases, email blasts – and will interview and communicate with legislators the needs of Arkansas state employees, while conveying the benefits of membership to said employees.
Danny James, ASEA Executive Director said: “We are very pleased to have Shauna join our ASEA/SEBCO family! I know she will be a great asset to our organization. We all look forward to working with her!”
“I’m so excited to join the team here, and I can’t wait to see what great things we can do together to ensure Arkansas state employees are well taken care of, and well informed,” said Shauna Carpenter.
About Shauna Carpenter
Ms. Carpenter has over 15 years of experience in copywriting, editing, social media management, and marketing/communications. She’s proficient in writing and editing across all channels, on all platforms, and is great at conveying messages to a target audience in a way they can understand. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a focus on Mass Communication/Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.
ASEA Wraps Up Employee Appreciation Week with 47th Annual Convention
Little Rock, AR (July 29, 2015) – Gov. Hutchinson has proclaimed the week of Aug. 3rd as State Employee Appreciation Week, and in recognition of this proclamation and its 47th year of service to state employees, the Arkansas State Employees Association will host a two-day convention, Aug. 7th and 8th, at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, to recognize staff members, association chapters, recruiters and legislators with outstanding contributions to state employees.
“This is an opportunity to put Arkansas state employees in the spotlight. They are the people who teach, treat, and assist the citizens of Arkansas,” said Danny James, ASEA executive director. “It is truly an honor to work on their behalf.”
Highlights of the convention include:
• The Outstanding State Employee Banquet, highlighting state employees demonstrating commitment and integrity while serving the State of Arkansas (Friday night, Aug. 7th);
• A financial management seminar hosted by presenting sponsor Arkansas Federal Employees Credit Union
• Also a teambuilding seminar led by Arkansas native and Former Razorback Star, Sidney Moncrief (Friday morning, Aug. 7th); and
• A business luncheon recognizing outstanding association chapters, recruiters and state legislators (Saturday, Aug. 8th).
Employees honored at Friday night’s banquet will represent various state agencies including the Department of Corrections, Department of Health, Department of Human Services and the State Military Department, with the highlight the awards ceremony culminating in the presentation of Arkansas’ Outstanding State Employee. The recipient of this award will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
In addition to the presenting sponsor, other convention sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Qual Choice, Liberty Mutual, Hagan Newkirk and Purchasing Power. A portion of the sponsorship proceeds go to fund the John F. Motes Scholarship for state employees.
The cost is $40 for the full convention package.