ASEA is a non-profit membership-driven association that advocates on behalf of active and retired state employees, and offers exclusive benefits to its members. Our mission is to unite all state employees to create a better future for employees and citizens of Arkansas through quality state government.
We believe that employees are the most important of state government’s resources, and we encourage high-quality work performance and professionalism by all state employees. ASEA is governed by an appointed board made up of active and retired state employees. This board represents regions of Arkansas, and various agencies.
ASEA Recent Achievements
2021 Protection of retirees’ health insurance prescription drug plan.
2020 Protection of your retirement plan. Proposed legislation would have reduced current and retired employees’ monthly retirement benefit.
2019 Career Service Recognition payment increases. $13 million annual increase for tenured employees.
2017 New Pay Plan passed. Merit returned to base salary.
2017 Paid Maternity Leave passed.
2017 Performance pay returned to a percentage of your base salary.
2015 An act to study increasing employee retention passed and create a task force.
2015 An act to include certain college savings plans for voluntary payroll deduction.
2015 An act to authorize paid leave for absence during a national disaster for a state or city employee simultaneously employed as a federal emergency disaster relief team employee.
2015 An act to amend payment for claims to covered public employees to include certain forms of cancer developed by firefighters in the line of duty.
2015 An act to clarify the Ceal Act to include graduations, homecoming ceremonies, award and scholarship presentations, and classroom parties.
2015 Political Freedom Act - increased protection for state employees from discipline from public employer.
2015 Amendment to the Uniform Shared Leave Act to include maternity leave.
2015 ASEA drafts act to allow accrued time to be paid out in the event of death in the line of duty for officers of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Highway Department.
2013 Successful Un-Can the COLA campaign.
2013 Home Health aides' mileage reimbursement rate increase.
2013 Catastrophic Leave amended to let employees donate leave to a specific co-worker in their agency.
2013 CEAL Act Expansion to include guardians of developmentally disabled adults.
2003 Grandchildren added to "immediate family" for sick leave.
2001 Privacy of state employee home addresses established.
1999 28-and-Out passed.
1997 The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).
1995 Five-year vesting.
1991 Catastrophic Leave Act passed.
1991 Direct deposit.
1989 Career Service Recognition Program established.
1985 Increased employer contribution to health insurance.
1979 Employee Suggestion Award Act passed.
1977 Non-contributory retirement plan.
1976 Uniform Leave and Attendance Act passed.
1972 Legislation passing the group health/life insurance plan.
1967 ASEA was founded by L.D. Owen. Having no office, he operated out of the trunk of his car traveling the state talking to state employees.
What are we working on now?
Lowering retention and increasing employee morale by studying the issues with your current pay plan and providing research to the decision makers. We are constantly monitoring your retirement plan and your health insurance along with monitoring and advocating for all your benefits.
Congratulations on your retirement!
Let ASEA attend all the meetings concerning your retirement plan and health insurance. We will advocate to protect your benefits while you can enjoy your retirement. We can keep you informed through our newsletter, emails, and our retiree Facebook page. Did you know that you can purchase discounted amusement park tickets for your grandchildren? Did you know your grandchildren can be awarded collage scholarships? And don’t forget about your benevolent fund!