Q. WHAT HAS ISEA DONE FOR ME?


A. The bottom line is that the Indiana State Employees Association has done more for the state employees in the past several years than all other state employees organizations combined have done in their entire histories. ISEA has been fighting for state employees year round, every year, since its founding in 1953. ISEA’s record is unmatched by any other organization, and is too lengthy to be published here in its entirety. However, here are a few examples of what ISEA has done over the past years.

 

  • “Tax sheltered” the pension annuity contributions.
     
  • Convinced the legislature to establish a bipartisan way to study and improve merit employee arbitration rights and to expand merit grievance procedure to all state employees.
     
  • Won court battle with State Employee Appeals Commission (SEAC) to guarantee rights of merit employees to grievance hearings.
     
  • Helped place county welfare employees under state administration.
     
  • Improved early retiree health insurance options.
     
  • Defeated administration proposal to eliminate state employee overtime payments.
     
  • Lobbied successfully for legislation making it a Class D felony to assault a correctional employee.
     
  • Won amendments to ISEA’s 1981 “whistle blower” law that extended it to all public employees.
     
  • Convinced the legislature to conduct study of state employee disability benefits.
     
  • Improved pension disability benefits for conservation officers, state police and excise police.
     
  • Defeated legislative attempts to take away state employee holidays.
     
  • Brought Housing Board and Indiana Office of Occupational Development employees under merit system protection.
     
  • Won major amendments to preserve employee rights in the new Department of Employment and Training Services.
     
  • Forced the registration of the Commissioner of Corrections for misuse of public resources.
     
  • Established new short and long term disability benefits for all state employees and expand on-the-job injury benefits to all state employees.
     
  • Won $50,000 death-in-the-line-of-duty benefits for families of law enforcement officers.
     
  • Defeated legislation that would have begun turning state prisons over to private contractors.
     
  • Created conservation officers training fund.
     
  • Won major protections for state employees dealing with AIDS victims.
     
  • Defeated anti-state employee drug testing legislations that would have allowed management to use random drug testing to harass individual employees.
     
  • Won legislation to prohibit old age discrimination against public employees (excludes law enforcement).
     
  • Won re-establishment of “Administrative Rules Oversight Commission” wherein state employees who feel that their agency is abusing administrative rule-making perogatives can have their “beef" heard by a panel of legislators.
     
  • Took the overtime pay issue and overtime rights for EA 5s and EA 6s, plus almost $200,000 in back pay to the US Department of Labor.
     
  • “Blew the whistle” and forced the resignation of the state hospital superintendent for abusing his authority.
     
  • Won $50,000 death-in-the-line-of-duty benefits for all state employees.
     
  • Defeated legislation that would have taken away the Election Day Holiday.
     
  • Won legislation establishing Martian Luther King Jr.’s birthday as an official state holiday.
     
  • Again defeated legislation that would allow random drug testing of state employees.
     
  • Passed legislation setting up the Sexual Harassment Task Force.
     
  • Won legislation allowing the Director of Highways to lower the speed limit in construction zones.
     
  • Passed legislation giving PERF and TRF retirees 3% pension increases.
     
  • Staged a mock funeral march to the State House in protest of substandard living and working conditions. This led to Governor Bayh’s decision to allocate an extra $3 million toward salaries to make merit raises retroactive.
     
  • Challenged the governor to join with ISEA in exploring ways in which health-care costs can be contained.
     
  • Focused public attention on problems within the Department of Public Welfare with a series of “silent protests” throughout the state.
     
  • Initiated and won 371/2 vs. 40 hr. lawsuit revealing almost $200,000 in back pay.
     
  • Continued to fight for and won an early retirement legislation (85 and out).
     
  • Introduced and continued to fight to include all state employees in the merit system.
     
  • Introduced and led the fight to improve the merit systems classification complaint process.
     
  • Led the fight to reverse Governor Bayh’s attempts to out source the State ITS system and won.
     
  •  Led the fight to reverse Governor Bayh’s attempts to downsize and almost ruin the state employees vision care
    program, and won.
     
  • Pressed for continuation of state employee health care as part of retirement benefits.
     
  • Worked with the legislator to provide money in 1998-99 for the largest pay raise for state employees, in twenty years.
     
  • Worked with the legislator to provide money in 1999-2000 for the largest pay raise for state employees.
     
  • Pressed for the use of sick, vacation and personal days, to buy health insurance for retiring state employees, it passed into law.
     
  • Pressed for and won budget language that prohibited money appropriate for employees that prohibited money appropriated for employees’ wages and benefit to be used for anything else.
     
  • Stopped legislation allowing agencies to hire anyone with or without any experience or qualification. This would have allowed more CRONYISM!
     
  • Stopped legislation that would have let the Executive Branch of government take your retirement if they felt you had an ethics (or other) violations.
     
  • Worked for, successfully achieved, a healthcare plan for state employees.
     
  • Fought vigorously to keep the ASA as is and not privatized.

  • Continue to fight for the return of COLA's for retirees.