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Salary Compaction Victory for Correctional Education Supervisors and Other Special Salary Adjustments for Excluded Employees

Posted: 7/13/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 4457

On July 11, 2017, CalHR released Pay Letter 17-18 which clarifies details on the General Salary Increases (GSIs) for excluded employees, effective July 1, 2017. The Pay Letter also provides more information on Special Salary Increases (SSAs) for certain classifications.

Because of ACSS’ tireless efforts with CalHR and CDCR, we have accomplished a huge milestone by alleviating salary compaction for CDCR Office of Correctional Education Supervisors. In 2015, ACSS reported that we proposed to remedy one of the most egregious cases of salary compaction where the Correctional Education Supervisors were making 13 % less than those they supervised. We are thrilled to report that Pay Letter 17-18 (pages 41-42) officially provides an 8% – 17% special salary increase, to bring those classifications up to a 5% pay differential above the employees they supervise. ACSS continues to strive for a 10% differential for all excluded employees. However, we are extremely pleased that ACSS’s diligence has helped these classes attain some resolution.

The Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees start on page 39 and include specific classifications in S01, M01, S03, M03, S08, M08, S12, U12, S13, M16, S16, U16, and S17. CalHR’s criteria to pass on the SSA is to follow the administration’s directive to establish and maintain a 5% pay differential. Notable and positive points from the Pay Letter are as follows:

  • M07 & S07 – ACSS reported two months ago that managers and supervisors who supervise investigators in DCA and DOI would receive additional compensation. Pay Letter 17-18 (pages 25-26) officially states the specific amounts of SSAs for Supervising Fraud Investigators of the Department of Insurance and Department of Consumer Affairs to bring the pay differential up to 5% above employees they supervise.

  • BU 10 – On pages 27-28, this pay letter clarifies the GSI amounts for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Unit 10. Specific classifications are listed that detail whether a 2% or a 5% GSI will be given for each classification.

  • S12 – includes SSAs for the CDCR Correctional Plant Supervisor, Correction Plant Manager I and II, Plumber Supervisor, Caltrans Highway Mechanics Supervisor, Mobile Equipment Superintendent I, and Telecommunications Maintenance Supervisor I, II, and III. (See pages 43-44)

Pay Letter 17-18 also includes additional clarification on the General Salary Increases effective July 1, 2017, for Excluded Employees Associated with Bargaining Units 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 09, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 17, 19 and CBID E and U classes.

ACSS will continue in our efforts to advocate on behalf of our members for fair and equitable salary and benefits.


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Excluded Employees Receive Salary Increases Effective July 1, 2017

Posted: 6/30/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 8623

Late yesterday, CalHR released a Human Resource Manual Update* that provides information about raises for excluded employees. As per our previous news post back in October 2016, excluded employees will receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) effective July 1, 2017, based on the bargaining unit they are affiliated. See the chart below for details:

 EXCLUDED EMPLOYEES AFFILIATED WITH BARGAINING UNIT:  GSI
 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, - SEIU  4%
 2  5%
 6  3% 
 7  3%
 9  2%
 10  2% or 5%
 12  4%
 13  3%
 16  2%
 18  3%
 19  4%

 

Salary increases for excluded employees affiliated with Bargaining Unit 5 (Highway Patrol) and Bargaining Unit 8 (Firefighters) will be addressed in future pay letters.

Effective July 1, 2017, most Managerial, Supervisory, and Confidential employees designated E48, E68, E78, E79, E97, E98, and E99 will receive a GSI of four percent (4%).

Exceptions to the salary increases above will be identified in pay letters that will be released in the following weeks.

In addition to the GSI, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) prefunding will begin. Click here for more information on OPEB for each bargaining unit.

ACSS continues to work hard on your behalf to attain pay parity and fair compensation for all excluded employees. As always, we will provide you with further updates as we receive additional news from CalHR.


*The PML Process has been replaced by the CalHR Human Resources Manual online.


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Special Salary Adjustments for Firefighters, Physicians, Dentists and Podiatrists

Posted: 6/9/2017 Tags: classification legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 1901

CalHR released Pay Letter 17-15 and Pay Letter 17-17 which outline Special Salary Adjustments (SSAs) for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Unit 08 and Bargaining Unit 16.

Pay Letter 17-15 (released on June 6, 2017) outlines SSAs for some classes of firefighters in M08 and S08. Classes for Forestry and Fire Protection Administrator, Unit Chief, and Assistant Chief received an additional 1.54% salary increase. Forestry Equipment Managers received an additional 2.3% increase. These SSAs are effective as of January 1, 2017.

Pay Letter 17-17 (released on June 8, 2017) outlines SSAs for some classes of physicians, dentists, and podiatrists in M16, S16 and U16. The following SSAs are effective as of May 2, 2017.

  • Chief of Medicine (Veterans Home) – 8.04%
  • Chief Medical Officer (Veterans Home) – 8.51%
  • Chief Physician and Surgeon – 1.01%
  • Public Health Administrator I – 2.96%
  • Public Health Administrator II – 7.04%
  • Public Health Medical Officers I, II, III – 2.96%
  • Medical Consultant II – 2.96%
  • Medical Program Consultant – 2.97%

As always ACSS is working hard with CalHR to resolve salary compaction and will continue to bring you updates to additional salary increases as we become aware.


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Regional Meeting in Sacramento - IT Classification Consolidation


Charlotte Hoar, ACSS Member Outreach Coordinator, will be holding a special set of meetings in the Sacramento area to address CalHR's Information Technology Classification Consolidation Project on Wednesday, June 14th

ACSS Board Member and IT State Supervisor, Michael Bonner, will join us at ACSS HQ (1108 O St.) in the Golden One Conference Room on the Second Floor. You will have a choice to attend one of two sessions. The first session starts at 4:30 p.m. and the second session starts at 6:00 p.m.

The new proposed IT structure will affect 19 excluded IT classifications. These meetings will allow ACSS to give you an update on our efforts on this issue along with answer your questions and receive your feedback so that we can best address your concerns with the state. 

Dinner will be provided to current and potential members who RSVP by Tuesday, June 13th. Please bring a beverage. 

RSVP NOW!


For questions, please contact Charlotte Hoar at choar@acss.org or call (916) 326-4388.


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CalHR Assures ACSS that Pay Raises are Coming Soon for Excluded Employees

Posted: 6/1/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 9136

On May 31, 2017, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss the May Revise of the Budget, raises from Collective Bargaining, pay raises for excluded employees, and consolidation of classifications. In attendance were CalHR Director Richard Gillihan, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster, ACSS President Frank Ruffino, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Nellie Lynn, and ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin. The meeting was productive, positive and informative. After discussing the outcome of the May Revise Budget at length, Gillihan reassured ACSS that the budget contains raises for all excluded employees. Final numbers of how much of a raise has yet to be disclosed. ACSS will know more details about pay raises for excluded employees when the budget comes out of conference and is sent to the Governor’s desk.

ACSS continues to work hard to resolve salary compaction and pay equity for ALL excluded employees. With pay raises from October 2016 and upcoming pay raises in July 2017, ACSS’ efforts are proving to be successful. ACSS President Frank Ruffino noted, "This is the first time in history that excluded employees have received two separate general pay increases within a year. ACSS’ tireless efforts on your behalf have been successful and we anticipate more productive and positive meetings with CalHR in the future.”

ACSS plans to have another meeting with CalHR in August 2017 to resolve even more classes affected by salary compaction.


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Governor Brown's "Push Me Pull Me" May Revision of the Budget

Posted: 5/12/2017 Tags: budget legislation pension policy salary Tags Views: 2281

Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revise of the Budget on May 11th, 2017. Here, ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin provides relevant analysis and insight of the May Revise that may be of interest to managers, supervisors and other excluded state employees:

"With the Governor’s release of his May Budget revision yesterday, it was hard not feel as if you were being pushed and pulled in opposite directions. On the one hand, the Governor again highlighted the largest threats to the budget:

  • Recession. Our economic expansion is the third longest in California history and a “recession at some point is inevitable.”
  • Federal Funding Cuts. The federal government is contemplating “actions that could send the state budget into turmoil.”

In his remarks the Governor went so far as to say “make no doubt about it, cuts are coming in the next few years, and they’ll be big.”

On the other hand, the May revise reports revenues are higher than expected in January and proposes new spending:

  • January revenue projections were $5.8 billion short of what was expected. The May revise reports projected revenues have improved by $2.5 billion since then.
  • The May revise proposes new spending on K-12 school ($1.4 billion), county IHSS services ($400 million), and continuing state funded childcare ($500 million).

Reducing CalPERS State Pension Liabilities. Perhaps the most important and interesting May revise proposal for state supervisors and managers (indeed all state employees and retirees) was the Governor’s proposal to make an immediate infusion of an additional $6 billion supplemental payment to CalPERS. The money will come as a loan from the Surplus Money Investment Fund. If it works as expected, it really is a clever and innovative approach to reducing the unfunded CalPERS liability for state employees.

According to the May revise “this action effectively doubles the state’s annual payment and will mitigate the impact of increasing pension contributions due to the state’s large unfunded liabilities and the CalPERS Board’s recent action to lower its assumed investment rate of return from 7.5 percent to 7 percent.” After the transfer, the $6 billion will be expected to earn a 7 percent return from CalPERS, compared to the less than 1 percent currently earned from SMIF. Over the next two decades, this supplemental payment will save the state an estimated $11 billion in payments to CalPERS and lower the annual contribution to the fund by an average of 2.1 percent of payroll. The costs associated with the payment will be repaid with Proposition 2’s (rainy day fund) dedicated revenues for long term liabilities.

This proposal and the others in the May revise will now go through review by state legislative budget subcommittees leading up to the state budget approval deadline – June 15. Here is the Governor’s press release from yesterday with a link to the full May revise."


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Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees related to Bargaining Units 7, 13 and 15.

Posted: 4/25/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 4897

California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) released Pay Letters 17-08, 17-09 and 17-10 which include Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 13 (Stationary Engineers) and Bargaining Unit 15 (Allied Services) as well as changes to pay differentials affecting excluded employees. In addition, there is an update regarding the SSA for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 7 who supervise sworn investigators (class code 8610) employed by the Department of Insurance and Department of Consumer Affairs.

In Pay Letter 17-08, Chief Engineer II class (S13, Class code 6695) shall receive an SSA increase of 0.87%effective November 1, 2016. ACSS advocated for the same 2% SSA to be passed to the Chief Engineer II (6695) and Chief Engineer I, Correctional Facility (6699). CalHR’s decision was to provide a 0.87% SSA for the Chief Engineer II (6695) and no SSA for the Chief Engineer I, CF (6699). According to CalHR this is consistent with their criteria and will make the pay differential between this class and the class it supervises 5%. CalHR stated that the Chief Engineer I, CF (6699) is at 5% or greater pay differential. Therefore, the SSA was not passed on.

In Pay Letter 17-09, Supervising Cook I (2180), Supervising Cook II (2181) and Correctional Supervising Cook, Correctional Facility (2183) classes (S15 and U15 Supervisory Ranges) shall receive a $300 increase SSA, effective retroactively as of July 1, 2016.

In Pay Letter 17-10:

  • Pay Differential 067 – S04, S15, S17 eligible classes listed on PD67. Criteria for the IWSP reduced from 173 to 120 hours per pay period.
  • Pay Differential 132 and Pay Differential 135 – eligible prisons and excluded employees related to SEIU BUs recruitment and retention (R&R) incentive increased from $2,400 to $2,600 and the follow prisons are now eligible for the R&F Pelican Bay, California Correctional Center, and High Desert State prisons are added.

In a Side Letter, CalHR and CSLEA reached an agreement for a new pay differential to provide a 7.44% salary increase for the Investigator (8610) class at the Department of Insurance and Department of Consumer Affairs. CalHR confirmed that related managers and supervisors are getting compensation increases. CalHR has not released a Pay Letter for this SSA yet. Specifics regarding the amount of the compensation increase and the affected excluded employee classifications will be available once the Pay Letter is released.

As more news arrives, ACSS will continue to keep ACSS members informed about pay increases and special salary adjustments for these and all other excluded employees in the future. ACSS continues to fight for fair and equitable salary and benefits for excluded employees, which includes advocating for a 10% pay differential between excluded employees and the employees they supervise.


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CalHR Civil Service Improvement Project Starts Phase 2: Class Consolidation

Posted: 4/19/2017 Tags: classification jobs legislation meeting policy representation salary Tags Views: 2836

Over the past year, ACSS spent tremendous effort working with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) on the Civil Service Improvement (CSI) Project. Phase 1 aimed to identify and abolish unused job classifications and successfully came to completion. Starting now and within the next 12 months, the CSI Project moves into Phase 2 which proposes several classification consolidation changes that may affect many excluded employees.

According to the 2017 Civil Service Improvement report, the goal of the CSI “initiative is to produce a modern human resources system that will allow state departments to find and quickly hire the best candidates through a fair and merit-based process.” The class consolidation will address the state’s current antiquated classifications system. “A modernized and simplified classification system that reduces the number of classifications and uses standard industry language will allow:

  • An understanding of the various career paths.
  • Job seekers and employees to understand the state’s classification structure.
  • The elimination of duplicative exams and hiring processes.
  • Promotional opportunities with appropriate probationary periods between salary ranges.”

ACSS has been notified of classification consolidation proposals affecting excluded employees associated with Bargaining Unit 10 (Professional Scientific) and Bargaining Unit 15 (Allied Services). The classes affected in these proposals include:

These classification consolidation proposals will tentatively be submitted to the State Personnel Board at the June 1 Board Meeting. If you belong to a classification affected in one of these specific proposals and if you have questions or concerns that you would like ACSS to address, please contact Nellie Lynn, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation, at nlynn@acss.org. Your thoughts and input regarding the proposals are important to ensure that the concerns of all impacted excluded employees are addressed.

In this second phase, ACSS is committed to ensuring that the best interests of members are protected when the consolidation of classifications occurs. We have been reaching out to affected members to assess concerns and identify problem areas. In addition, we have reviewed the documentation of the classification consolidations affecting excluded employees and have requested a meeting with CalHR to bring the concerns of members to the table in regards to this topic on May 4th, 2017.

ACSS will continue to keep members informed as we receive important news and updates about the results of this meeting and additional consolidated classes that may affect excluded employees.


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Success at ACSS Lobby Day 2017!



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On March 14, 2017, ACSS members marched into the Capitol and met with legislators to discuss important issues affecting managers, supervisors and confidential state employees. Lobby Day was a resounding success with 114 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard!

For 17 consecutive years, ACSS members have participated in Lobby Day to deliver the ACSS message in person to Assemblymembers and Senators. This year, we continued to lobby for the resolution of salary compaction and we asked for support of Assembly Bill 52 (Public employees - Orientation and informational programs, written by Jim Cooper, AD 09). Lawmakers listened to our message and acknowledged our concerns.

ACSS thanks the attendees who helped make ACSS Lobby Day 2017 a huge success. Over the years, ACSS has worked hard and progressed to make our presence known, and is now a well-recognized association that lawmakers pay attention to, thanks in part to the efforts of members who attend Lobby Day.


Assm. Freddy Rodriguez (AD 52) meets with the ACSS Executive Committee after delivering a speech at the Lobby Day Training presentation.



A group of ACSS members meets with CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan (SD 06) on Lobby Day.



From left, ACSS Members Brian Adams, Rolinda Gomez, Abdou Lyagarou, and Brett Blaydes prepare for their meeting with their Legislator.



ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell socializing with CA State Senator Steven Bradford at the ACSS Ice Cream Social event.


Please check back at the Lobby Day webpage at a later date to view a gallery of all 2017 Lobby Day photos - coming soon!


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ACSS Advocates for Pay Parity for CCHCS Food Administrators

Posted: 3/2/2017 Tags: compaction legislation representation salary Tags Views: 1656

ACSS is working with Food Administrators to address their concerns as part of the ongoing agenda at the Quarterly meetings with the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). The most recent meeting with CCHCS was on February 10, 2017.

At the meeting, ACSS requested that CCHCS join ACSS’ efforts to advocate for pay parity for Food Administrators. ACSS is advocating for salary increases for Food Administrators with the California Department of Human Resources in light of the recent salary increases provided to rank and file in the new BU 19 MOU.

ACSS raised concerns over Food Administrators being assigned duties and responsibilities outside of the SPB Job Specification for Food Administrator I, specifically clinical duties that are contained in the SPB Job Specification for the Registered Dietitian classification.

If you are being asked to perform duties outside your job specification, please contact your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative for assistance. Here is a list of the ACSS Labor Relations Representatives near you.

You can learn more about your rights when assigned work outside of your classification from the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter Q1 2017.


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