In a letter to members of the California State Senate, Governor Brown returned SB 216 without his signature. Brown agrees that salary compaction is a serious issue that hurts managerial-level employees and must be dealt with, but he chose not to sign this bill because he believes that SB 216 is not the best method to resolve the problem of compaction at this time. In his veto letter, he states that he understands that the intent of this bill is to ensure that the salaries for managerial employees are higher than the employees they supervise. His administration has made progress on this issue within the past 12 months and will continue to meet with ACSS to discuss compaction issues.
ACSS has worked hard for over 15 years on the issue to resolve compaction. We have discussed compaction with several California governors and their administrations. These dialogs have bore little fruit as various administrations have consistently placed other interest and other state employees before supervisors and managers. While the Brown Administration has addressed one or two instances of compaction these efforts are too few and far between.
ACSS is pleased to see the Governor’s statement that his administration will continue to discuss compaction issues with us. However ACSS and state excluded employees do not want or deserve another 15 years of circular discussion and inaction.
Our next meeting with CalHR is on October 6th, 2014. ACSS continues to commit to resolving the issue of salary compaction faced by its members and, as always, will continue to inform you on progress with these efforts.
Click here to view the veto letter from the Governor.