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Membership Drive Winner Donates Prize to Camp Fire Victims, ACSS Matches

Posted: 12/14/2018 Tags: membership Tags Views: 399


Red Cross Gold Country CEO Gary Strong
with ACSS President Frank Ruffino and
ACSS Member Outreach Coordinator Charlotte Hoar.

Every year during the fall, ACSS holds a Membership Drive to encourage excluded state employees to join ACSS with a chance to win a prize. This year, the Membership Drive was held from September 24th through November 2nd and the grand prize of a 65-inch LG Smart TV would be given to one new member.

Monica MacNicholl was selected at random as this year’s winner. Monica works as a Staff Services Manager at the California Department of Rehabilitation in Sacramento and she is now a member of ACSS Chapter 502. However, Monica did not want to keep the TV prize. Instead, she wanted to donate the monetary value of the prize to the Red Cross to go to the victims of the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.

The value of the TV was $1,000. ACSS decided to match the donation to donate a total of $2,000 to the American Red Cross to help Camp Fire victims. ACSS President Frank Ruffino and Member Outreach Coordinator Charlotte Hoar visited the Red Cross office in Sacramento. They met with American Red Cross (Gold Country Region) CEO Gary Strong to deliver the check in person in Sacramento.

Approximately 50,000 people* have been displaced and 14,000 homes** have been destroyed in and around the town of Paradise due to the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history that raged from November 8 through November 25th and scorched 153,000 acres. Several ACSS members were also affected by this devastating incident. ACSS is dedicated to serving members of the community by making this much-needed donation to the American Red Cross.

Frank Ruffino commented, “Monica's decision to donate her prize is a true example of an altruistic act, an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. We appreciate her for reminding all of us the spirit of giving shouldn’t be seasonal, but an everyday choice. As a result, ACSS matched her gift which provides Red Cross critically needed funds to help the victims of Camp Fire. It was a proud moment for all of us!” It is a small way that ACSS can help out the community, especially as we approach the holidays.


ACSS President Frank Ruffino hands a check to
American Red Cross Gold Country CEO Gary Strong.

*According to the LA Times
**According to CNN


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ACSS Unaffected by Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME ruling on Fair Share Fees

Posted: 6/29/2018 Tags: legislation membership policy Tags Views: 1424

On the last day of the session, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Janus v. AFSCME. This long anticipated decision ruled that non-members of public sector unions cannot be charged “agency fees”, often referred to as fair share fees. In a 5 to 4 vote, the Court overruled a 41-year old decision that said non-members can be charged a fee to cover the cost of a union’s collective bargaining efforts.

While the decision will have broad implications nationwide, there is no immediate impact on ACSS. For rank-and-file public sector labor unions in California and throughout the country, there will be some big changes as they adapt. Impacted unions anticipated this decision since at least 2016 and have been working to educate employees about the value of membership and collective representation.


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ACSS Chapter Officer Elections - Online Voting is OPEN NOW!

Posted: 4/23/2018 Tags: chapters election events membership Tags Views: 1160

We’re excited to announce that elections for ACSS Chapter Officer and Delegates (2018-2021 term) will be an online voting process. Online voting is OPEN NOW and runs through May 21, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST). For your ballot to count, you must complete your online ballot during that time period. Click here to view the list of Candidates for YOUR Chapter! 

ACSS is using an independent company, Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), to host the election online. This ensures the complete confidentiality of the voting process and the accurate tallying of votes.

SBS mailed a letter to ACSS Members' home addresses on April 9th, 2018 that included online voting information with a direct link and unique login credentials.  SBS also emailed ACSS Members the voting information on April 20th, 2018. Members must complete ballots online through the direct link with their unique login credentials.

If you are an ACSS Member and have not received your email invitation or have questions, please contact ACSS at (800) 624-2137 or acss@ACSS.org.


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Check out the Third Quarter ACSS Newsletter - Member Spotlight and President's Corner

Posted: 8/3/2017 Tags: ACSS elections chapters membership retirement Tags Views: 1296

In case you missed it, check out the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter publication for July - September 2017.  The Q3 features a spotlight on ACSS member Manijeh Fatollahi who stepped up to lead Chapter 512 for over a decade. Also in this edition, check out the President's Corner where ACSS President Frank Ruffino urges members to make a difference, take action and become an Agent of Change as an ACSS Chapter Officer. 

Click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter publication.


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ACSS Lobby Day Photos 2017

Posted: 3/24/2017 Tags: Lobby Day membership Tags Views: 1901

Two Excluded Employees Win Prizes for Joining ACSS in 2016!

Posted: 12/8/2016 Tags: membership Tags Views: 1297

In September and October of 2016, ACSS held a six-week promotional membership drive to encourage supervisors and managers to join ACSS. Two new members who submitted membership applications during the sweepstakes period were selected at random as winners.

Curtis Scribner won a GoPro Hero video camera and is now a member of ACSS Chapter 502. Scribner is a Maintenance Superintendent at the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) in Olivehurst. He joined ACSS because he had talked to other CalTrans supervisors who were very satisfied with their membership with ACSS and they encouraged him to join. Scribner said “it was time to join” to support ACSS in the fight for better pay for supervisors and managers.

Marilyn Bradford won a 40-inch Samsung Ultra HD Smart TV and is now a member of ACSS Chapter 504. Bradford is a Manager I at the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) in Vacaville. She joined ACSS because she had witnessed her co-workers experiencing difficult situations in their job and saw how ACSS supported and represented those members. She says, “By joining ACSS, I am protecting my best interests.” 


Chapter 504 Board Member Shirley Castaneda (on left) presented Bradford with the prize.

ACSS congratulates Curtis and Marilyn on winning the 2016 ACSS Membership Drive Sweepstakes and welcomes them as new members of ACSS.


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Two Excluded Employees Win a New Apple iPad for Joining ACSS!

Posted: 1/15/2016 Tags: membership Tags Views: 1476

In November 2015, ACSS held a promotional membership drive to encourage supervisors and managers to join ACSS. Two new members who submitted membership applications during the sweepstakes period were selected at random out of 121 applications to win a new Apple iPad Air tablet.

Sheila Haney is a Supervising Program Tech II at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Sacramento. She has been a supervisor for two years and joined ACSS "because it is in our best interest as supervisors to join".  She also likes being involved in Chapter Meetings and receiving the newsletters.

Adams Yussif is a Health Facilities Evaluator II at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in Fresno.  He joined for the representation benefits.

ACSS congratulates Ms. Haney and Mr. Yussif for participating in our membership drive and for becoming members of ACSS.


James Teahan, President of ACSS Chapter 503, presents Sheila Haney with her new iPad.



Adams Yussif (left) receives his new iPad from his supervising manager at CDPH.


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Come to Worksite Meetings in Sacramento and Los Angeles!

Posted: 2/19/2015 Tags: member outreach membership Tags Views: 1901

Visit our Member Outreach Coordinators Charlotte Hoar and Maureen Douglas at their next worksite meeting in Sacramento or the Los Angeles areas! Since June of 2014, over 700  supervisors, managers and confidential state employees have attended ACSS meetings at their workplace, hosted by our Member Outreach Coordinators. At each session a free lunch is provided and attendees learn more about ACSS' benefits, representation services, your rights as an excluded employee and hear about the current issues ACSS is working on.  Whether you are already a member, or are thinking of becoming a member with ACSS, please come to our next worksite meeting. Check the ACSS events calendar for the next worksite meeting in your area.

If you would like Charlotte or Maureen to come to your workplace to host a lunch meeting, please contact them for more details:

Maureen Douglas, Los Angeles Area - mdouglas@acss.org or call (818) 268-7995

Charlotte Hoar, Sacramento Area - choar@acss.org or call (916) 326-4388


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Winner of the 60" TV in our 2014 Membership Drive

Posted: 1/20/2015 Tags: membership Tags Views: 1806

Posted: 1/20/2015

In the fall of 2014, ACSS held a membership drive promotional sweepstakes to encourage new membership. The winner, selected at random out of 63 entries, is Mr. Adrian Pena of Chapter 509. Mr. Pena is a Health Program Audit Manager at the Department of Healthcare Services in Fresno.  He won a 60" LG HD TV that was delivered to his home in December. Mr. Pena explains that the reason why he joined ACSS is because "managers and supervisors need to stick together" In addition, he joined because the membership fees are low and are a good value for the services he receives. ACSS congratulates Mr. Pena for participating in our membeship drive and for joining ACSS.


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The ACSS Q4 Newsletter is here!

Posted: 10/16/2014 Tags: compaction membership organizing Tags Views: 3131

Posted: 10/16/2014

The latest issue of the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter publication has arrived! Members should have received one in their mailbox at home.  Features of this issue hightlight our new ACSS Organizing Prgram, a letter from ACSS President Arlene Espinoza on the recent veto of SB 216 salary compaction bill, and a list of your Chapter's Open Nomination Chapter meetings, encouraging you to step up and be a leader for your local Chapter.

Download the PDF version of the Q4 ACSS Quarterly Newsletter NOW!

If you did not receive it in the mail and would like to receive mailings of the ACSS Quarterly newsletter, call us (800-624-2137) and we will make sure you are on our mailing list!


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