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CSEA: PIONEERING BILL REQUIRING MORE FLEX-TIME FOR STATE WORKERS WITH FAMILY CARE NEEDS CLEARS FIRST LEGISLATIVE HURDLE

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A precedent-setting bill by Assembly member Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) that would require state agencies to accommodate family needs for state employees, such as allowing for flexible work schedules, was approved today by the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, the California State Employee's Association (CSEA) said today.
 "This measure acknowledges the reality of today's workplace, which has changed dramatically with 46 percent of state employees now women," Speier told the committee. "Traditional care-givers are currently workings outside the home. Thus, family responsibilities often conflict with traditional working rules and regulations."
 AB 1293 would force state agencies to provide flex-time, workshift adjustments, interdepartmental transfers, bereavement leave and family sick leave to take care of a "child, grandchild, spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent or any member of the immediate household for whom a worker has caretaking duties." The work adjustments could not be made if they would impose an undue hardship on the employer's operations.
 The legislation is necessary because state employee contracts are uneven on the flex-time issue -- as are state managers who fail to see its importance to working parents, according to the California State Employee's Association, a co-sponsor of the bill, along with the Women's Action Coalition.
 David Krumpe, a teacher at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County, is trying to balance the needs of his job and those of his mentally ill wife. "I love my wife -- and I love my job. I shouldn't have to choose between the two," Krumpe told the committee.
 "I'm now depending on the kindness of co-workers to meet my responsibilities to my wife. One co-worker donated 80 hours of his vacation and leave time to me.
 "I'm very grateful for all of this help, but what happens when the donated time runs out?" Krumpe said.
 "AB 1293 gives the state the opportunity to follow the lead of more than 100,000 public/private employers," said Judith Haney of San Francisco, spokesperson for the Women's Action Coalition, an open alliance of women committed to direct action on issues affecting the rights of all women.
 "Family-positive work policies cut down on absenteeism, tardiness and turnover."
 The Assembly committee vote was 6-4 to approve the bill, which will now be heard in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.
 The California State Employees Association, Local 1000 of the Service Employees International Union, represents 100,000 state employees.
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 /CONTACT: Pat McConahay, 916-326-4379, or Mike Myslinski, 916-326-4378, both of CSEA/


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