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LAO calls for greater compaction fix

Posted: 3/7/2014 Tags: budget governor legislature salary Tags Views: 1579

In its report on the Governor's proposed 2014-15 budget, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) calls on the Brown Administration to take additional action to resolve the salary compaction crisis plaguing state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

The report notes that there has not been a "consistent or coordinated process" to analyze the extent of the issue.

Furthermore, the LAO notes that though the proposed budget attempts to fix the problem for identified classifications the Administration "would need to review managerial and supervisorial classifications and propose pay increases for affected managerial state workers beyond what is proposed in the 2014-15 budget."

ACSS has been working extensively for the past few years with CalHR and the legislature to end salary compaction.

Senate Bill 216 - sponsored by ACSS - had unanimous support through the Senate in 2013 and is currently pending review by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Our bill would maintain the State's recommended 10% pay differential between supervisors and managers and their staff, and would establish a consistent process to analyze and identify current and emerging compaction issues.


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Little Hoover: State still not competitive

Posted: 2/28/2014 Tags: governor salary Tags Views: 1251

A report released on Feb. 27 by the Little Hoover Commission has detailed key areas that have fallen behind in Gov. Brown's reorganization effort, including the State's continuing recruitment and retention issues.

Though the Commission have covered the issue of salary compaction and its negative impact on retaining a skilled workforce, this report focuses instead on maze-like hiring practices, excess classifications, and lateral transfers.

Though the Commission's report finds many areas that are still in need of improvement after the merger of DPA and SPB into CalHR, special note is made of CalHR's expanded training efforts and successful physical merger.

Read the full report for additional details.


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Sudden change in CalHR leadership

Posted: 2/27/2014 Tags: budget legislature salary Tags Views: 2407


Former CalHR Director Julie Chapman (left) and Acting CalHR Director Richard Gillihan

CalHR Director Julie Chapman will be retiring immediately, effective as of close of business Friday, Feb. 28th, as announced in a press release on Feb. 27th by CalGovOpps Secretary Marybel Batjer. Deputy Director Howard Schwartz will be stepping down as well.

Department of Finance Program Budget Manager Richard Gillihan will step in as acting director of CalHR. CalHR Labor Relations Assistant Deputy Director Pam Manwiller will act as interim deputy director.

As excluded employees rely on the Legislature and CalHR to set their compensation and working conditions, any time there is a shift in leadership we are presented with the potential for new gains and new losses.

ACSS will continue working with our existing and new contacts at CalHR to maintain and improve their response to excluded employee needs throughout this transition.


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Did you register for Lobby Day yet?

Posted: 2/11/2014 Tags: benefits Lobby Day membership salary Tags Views: 1184

The deadline to register for our annual lobbying event is drawing near.

We'll provide accomodations, training, and even reimburse ACSS members who wish to attend and register prior to the February 20th deadline.

If you're ready to take a stand for better salaries, benefits, and working conditions for state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees, this is a great way to get involved.


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SCIF tightens security with new measures

Posted: 2/7/2014 Tags: insurance salary Tags Views: 1386

Referencing recent data thefts at Target and Neiman Marcus, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) has revised its internal security policies.

SCIF will be introducing several new security measures, including a new notice that users will have to acknowledge and agree to every time they log into their workstations.

There are also to key new additions to SCIF's Information Security policy:

  • Prohibiting the use of State Fund computer systems for transmission of private information for non-business purposes, including your own.
  • Each Workforce member's responsibility to protect operation information (such as pricing models and adjusting procedures) intended solely for internal use by State Fund's workforce.

Finally, SCIF has announced that it will be developing its infrastructure and business practices in compliance with the "Privacy by Design" model.

Concerned that SCIF's new security policies may have an impact on your career?
Contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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President Espinoza and Gov. Brown discuss state supes

Posted: 1/31/2014 Tags: governor salary Tags Views: 1252

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza sat down to discuss the state's most dedicated and experienced employees with Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Brown at a private dinner this week.

Throughout her two terms, President Espinoza has prioritized working closely with Gov. Brown's administration to resolve issues that have plagued excluded employees for years, particularly salary compaction.

Gov. Brown said that he has "learned quite a lot" about what state supervisors and managers do for California, and that he "appreciates experience" now more than ever.

During the dinner, President Espinoza led a toast in the governor's honor, thanking him for his work in turning around California's economy.

Read more about the dinner in President Espinoza's personal reflection on the event.


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CalPERS earns 16.2% in 2013

Posted: 1/28/2014 Tags: pension salary Tags Views: 1181

Exceeding its projected growth, CalPERS has earned a return of 16.2% in 2013, a new report shows.

The 2013 Performance Summary details the gains, which CalPERS notes occured mainly due to better than expected performance in "stock, private equity and real estate portfolios."

Starting to think about your retirement?

Check out CalPERS' upcoming Retirement Planning Fairs for helpful info and resources.


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Brown earmarks money to fix broken salaries

Posted: 1/14/2014 Tags: budget governor legislature Lobby Day membership salary Tags Views: 1438

In 2013 ACSS worked with CalHR and the Legislature to push for equitable salaries and benefits for excluded employees. ACSS is calling on the Administration to provide excluded employees with the same level of salary increases that were negotiated for the rank and file employees they supervise for 2014 and 2015 in addition to special salary adjustments to correct identified salary compaction and establish a minimum 10% salary differential.

Though it is unclear at this time when a final decision will be made by the Administration on excluded employee compensation - due to the reliance on revenue "triggers" - Gov. Brown has apparently earmarked money in his proposed budget to fix salary compaction.


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CDCR accidentally exposes employee info

Posted: 1/6/2014 Tags: prison salary Tags Views: 1626

A recent error by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has resulted in "numerous" employees' personal information being exposed.

Per a memo from CDCR Deputy Director of Human Resources Andrea Rohmann, the security breach resulted when "amended W-2s were mailed in windowed envelopes exposing the employees [sic] social security numbers."

If you were impacted by this security issue, please contact CDCR Staff Services Manager II at (916) 324-8039 or at emily.bither@cdcr.ca.gov

If CDCR is unable to resolve your issue, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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Wishing the best for you and yours

Posted: 12/13/2013 Tags: benefits pension salary Tags Views: 1129

As we close out 2013 and prepare for a new year, we want to thank you for being part of California's largest and oldest organization dedicated to fighting for better careers and benefits for state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

We look forward to working with you to continue the fight against pension attacks and salary compaction in 2014.


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