Resolutions reviewed for ASEA Annual Convention

Resolutions are submitted to propose action plans and goals for ASEA that are not included in the association’s policy statements. They will be voted on by the chapter delegates at the annual convention to be held at Embassy Suites in Little Rock on August 16th and 17th. Below are the resolutions that were reviewed and evaluated by the Resolutions Committee and were either recommended with “do pass” or “do not pass.”

Resolutions have been responsible for enacted legislation and administrative changes such as the Uniform Leave and Attendance Act, APERS Non-Contributory plan, Grievance procedure, Catastrophic Leave, Career Service Payments, 28 and out, DROP and Annual COLAS.

Strategic
Resolution 1: Submitted by the LaFayette County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will encourage state employees to become a more active voice with their legislators by engaging state employees throughout the year. ASEA will provide contact information of state legislators and conduct necessary awareness campaigns such as disseminating postcards and promoting on Facebook and the Legislative Blog.
RATIONALE: Encouraging state employee involvement and ASEA member involvement creates a large influence within the legislature.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do pass

Resolution 2: Submitted by ASEA Staff
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA Board of Directors will approve the development of a five-year strategic plan.
RATIONALE: By developing and implementing a Five-Year Strategic plan with the goal of growing its membership by 20%, strengthening its lobbying efforts, and maximizing membership benefits.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do pass

Resolution 3: Submitted by ASEA staff
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will increase platforms of communications between ASEA and its members such as website, Facebook etc.
RATIONALE: By increasing platforms of communications ASEA will improve customer service and member service. Increasing platforms of communication will also improve two-way communication between ASEA and its members.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do pass

Legislative
Resolution 4: Submitted by Craighead County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote legislation that will increase the mileage reimbursement rate for all state employees.
RATIONALE: All state employees should be reimbursed at the same rate regardless of position or title.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: ASEA should maximize benefits for ALL state employees.

Resolution 5: Submitted by the Craighead County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote legislation that will re-establish the system of merit pay that added the increase into your salary.
RATIONALE: The current system does not allow for salary increases.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: See resolution 6

Resolution 6: Submitted by ASEA staff
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will continue lobbying efforts for cost of living adjustments for state employees.
RATIONALE: Cost of living adjustments are vital in times of rising inflation.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do pass

Resolution 7: Submitted by the Craighead County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote legislation for an incentive program for not missing work.
RATIONALE: This would promote stronger work ethic and increase productivity. This would impact cost to the state as well.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: This is a management issue

Resolution 8: Submitted by the Cross County Chapter
Be it resolved: That ASEA will promote reimbursement for a percentage of unused annual leave.
RATIONALE: This would improve productivity and promote a stronger work ethic. This would impact cost to the state as well.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: Send for ASEA interim study

Resolution 9: Submitted by Craighead County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote legislation for meal reimbursement for same day travel.
RATIONALE: When you work in your home office you have the option of bringing your lunch. When you travel you are forced to spend money.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: ASEA should maximize benefits for ALL state employees

Resolution 10: Submitted by the Cross County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote the allotment of at least one state vehicle per county office.
RATIONALE: This would lower the amount the state has to reimburse employees for driving their personal vehicles.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: One state vehicle per county office will not solve the problem

Resolution 11: Submitted by the Craighead County Chapter
BE IT RESOLVED: That ASEA will promote the amendment of the Catastrophic Leave Program to allow for donation of unused time to a spouse that works in a different agency.
RATIONALE: A situation could exist where a husband and wife are both state employees but work in different agencies. Under the current law they would not be able to help each other in a time of need.
Resolutions committee recommendation: Do not pass
Resolutions committee rationale: New shared leave program will allow employees to donate within department

Memorial
Resolution 12: Submitted by the Resolution Committee
Inasmuch as death comes to each of us: and

WHEREAS, as members of the Arkansas State Employees Association, each has made a significant contribution to state government and the citizens of Arkansas; and

WHEREAS, the following have died since our last meeting:

Brenda Bookout
Karen Whitaker
Floy Harberson
Joyce Block
Joshua Joyner
John Archer
May Gill
Lori Chambers
Lindy Bowie
Cindy Lawson
Bobby Clark
Debra Rhodes
Robert Percy
Wilma Rogers
David Doty
Stephanie Hudson
Phillip Ferrell
Louie Nell Jones
Gladys Maddox
William Stoecker
Shirley Rollans
Mianette Drees
Betty Hester
Jason Frisby
Patricia
Bobbie Jean Smalling
Stephan Hargis
Alvis Tackett
Shannon Hale
Pauline Dale
Robyn Woods
Thomas Richardson
Maurice Brown
Betty Massey
Thomas Henderson
Delores Hobbs
Diana Riddell
Harmon Townsend
Mary Steele
Fletcher Lowry
Freddie Walls

BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Arkansas State Employees Association mourn their loss extend our heartfelt sympathy to their families and loved ones.

Resolutions committee recommendation: Do pass

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