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Lobby Day 2019 Was a Huge Success!

Posted: 3/15/2019 Tags: legislation Lobby Day meeting Tags Views: 557


On March 6th, 2019, 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 44 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard! For 19 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. Salary compaction continues to harm California state government operations and ACSS is committed to fixing unaddressed compaction problems by encouraging legislative support for this issue. Also, we asked for support of Assembly Bill 271 (Pay Equity for All State Employees, written by Jim Cooper, AD 09). AB 271 will ensure that California state employees are paid equally and appropriately for performing substantially similar work functions. And lastly, ACSS continues to protect pensions for excluded employees. We are dedicated to the sustainability of CalPERS, but we urged lawmakers to oppose legislative efforts that encourage the state to abandon pension promises or replace defined benefits with alternative savings plans that do not provide retirement security to public servants. Lawmakers listened to our message and acknowledged our concerns.

ACSS thanks the attendees who helped make ACSS Lobby Day 2019 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.

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ACSS Board of Directors Elects New Statewide Officers

Posted: 1/24/2019 Tags: Board Meeting events meeting Tags Views: 719

On January 19, ACSS held its first Board of Directors meeting for 2019 in San Jose. The first order of business was to fill vacancies on the ACSS Board of Directors and the Statewide Officers. Tina Allen was appointed for the position of Chapter 505 Board Member. Tina and Chapter 508 Secretary/Treasurer LaChelle Adams (elected during Delegate Assembly in July 2018) were sworn into office by reciting the Oath.

ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Executive Vice President Elnora Fretwell resigned from their Statewide Officer positions, which left two out of five vacancies for Statewide Officers. Frank Ruffino accepted a political position with State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Elnora Fretwell recently retired. At the January 19th Board of Directors meeting, VP of Governmental Affairs Todd D’Braunstein became the new ACSS President via no contest. Chapter 503 Board Member Suzanna Nye was elected as Executive Vice President. And Chapter 507 Board Member Reynold Roth was elected as VP of Governmental Affairs.

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ACSS Member Appreciation Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 11/27/2018 Tags: chapters meeting Tags Views: 408

Tis the season for ACSS Annual Member Appreciation Meetings and Dinners! Check the ACSS Events Calendar for YOUR local Chapter's meeting. Hope to see you there! 


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ACSS and CalHR Discuss Salary and Benefit Improvements

Posted: 10/4/2018 Tags: bargaining benefits legislation meeting policy representation Tags Views: 1633

On October 1, 2018, CalHR Acting Director Adria Jenkins-Jones met with ACSS President Frank Ruffino, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster, ACSS Director of Representation Nellie Lynn and ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin to discuss improvements to the salary and benefits of excluded state employees.

“It was a pleasure to meet with the Association of California State Supervisors, and I look forward to working with ACSS as CalHR’s Acting Director,” Adria Jenkins-Jones said. “I have enormous respect and appreciation for the state’s managers and supervisors and the jobs they do. They drive California state government and ensure that we fulfill our mission to serve the public.”

ACSS acknowledged the progress made under the Brown administration and previous CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. In addition to General Salary Increases in 2017 and 2018, the Administration provided excluded employees a 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective on October 1, 2016, as well as various special salary adjustments to address salary compaction. The October 2016 GSI was a departure from previous practice by providing excluded employees a GSI before several rank and file Unions reached collective bargaining agreements. ACSS is committed to continuing to work with CalHR and the next administration to ensure excluded employees receive equitable and appropriate salary and benefit improvements.

ACSS advocated for a minimum 10% pay differential between excluded employees and their staff. We also provided salary data supporting ACSS’ request for special salary adjustments for various excluded classifications to address salary compaction and pay parity for excluded employees.

Additionally, we advocated for salary increases for excluded employees related to bargaining units 06, 09 and 10. Rank and File employees in those units recently reached new labor contracts (called Memorandum of Understanding or MOUs) with salary increases, in which ACSS urged CalHR to pass on those benefits to excluded employees.

In addition, ACSS reiterated a request for disability insurance benefit improvements and paid family leave. CalHR confirmed they will notice and meet with ACSS under the Meet and Confer process on a proposal to provide state managers and supervisors with paid family leave benefits by July 2019. Governor Brown’s veto message on ACSS supported AB 3145 revealed plans to provide paid family leave benefits for excluded state employees.

More information on AB 3145 and paid family leave can be found here.

As always, ACSS will provide updates as information is available about specific salary and benefit improvements for excluded employees.


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In Case You Missed It - ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter

Posted: 9/28/2018 Tags: election meeting Tags Views: 512

The ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter focused on the 12th Delegate Assembly in July of 2018. Get the inside scoop on the meetings, resolutions, elections and celebrations during the triennial event. In addition, read the special content on why Gavin Newsom is ACSS' choice for Governor in the upcoming Gubernatorial election. Download your copy of the Q3 Quarterly Newsletter today!  Or, click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly publication. 


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ACSS Board Meeting Coming Up on September 21st & 22nd

Posted: 9/14/2018 Tags: Board Meeting meeting Tags Views: 393

Next weekend, ACSS will be holding a Board Meeting at the DoubleTree Hilton Anaheim in Orange, CA. On Friday afternoon September 21st, the Fiscal Committee, PAC & Legislative Committee, and the President's Forum will meet. On Saturday September 22nd, the Board Meeting will be held from 10am - 5pm.  ACSS members are welcome to attend and observe the Board Meeting. For more details about this event, visit the ACSS Events Calendar. Or, click here to view photos of previous ACSS Board Meetings.  


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ACSS met with the Newly Formed California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)

Posted: 9/29/2017 Tags: meeting politics Tags Views: 1466

On September 15th, 2017, ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Nellie Lynn met with Director Nicolas Maduros from the newly formed California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). Ruffino said the meeting was positive and was pleased to start building a relationship with Maduros and this new department.

Director Maduros commented, “It's a rare opportunity to stand up a newly-restructured government department. We're focused on creating a 21st century tax agency that's a model for the nation. Additionally, we're committed to making CDTFA one of the best places to work in state government. Neither of those goals can be realized without the dedication, experience and wisdom of our supervisors. I'm looking forward to working with the entire team, including our many supervisors in ACSS, to build a CDTFA of which we can all be proud."

ACSS is committed to working cooperatively with the Administration and CDFTA through this transition period and beyond. We are also addressing the concerns faced by excluded employees remaining with BOE and those transitioning to CDFTA.

After the meeting, Ruffino mentioned, “The director is committed to working with us. He is new to California, but not new to government operations. It is fantastic that he agreed to meet with ACSS promptly. The meeting was productive and we look forward to working with Director Maduros and the Administration.”


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CalPERS Benefits Education Event in Garden Grove - Sept 15 &16

Posted: 9/8/2017 Tags: benefits meeting retirement Tags Views: 767

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is hosting a two-day CalPERS Benefits Education Event (CBEE) in Garden Grove this month to inform members about programs and benefits available to them. This event will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County on September 15th and 16th, 2017. The same program is offered on each day, so attendees can select the day they wish to attend. 

Whether new to CalPERS, in mid-career, or close to retirement, CBEEs offer all CalPERS members a wealth of information about their retirement and health benefits, supplemental savings plans, long-term care coverage, and more. Representatives from CalPERS Regional Offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Open both Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features breakout sessions specific to both early through mid-career members, and those nearing retirement. Topics to be covered include CalPERS retirement benefits, CalPERS health benefits, and deferred compensation.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.  


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"Know Your Rights" Chapter Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 5/10/2017 Tags: chapters grievance meeting representation rights Tags Views: 1342

This year, the ACSS Spring 2017 "Know Your Rights" presentation will cover a general overview of the grievance process. Every situation and grievance is unique.  Learn more about different types of grievances, how to file an effective grievance and learn important timelines in the grievance process. Your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative (LRR) will be presenting the material to you at this meeting. Your LRR can answer any questions you may have about the grievance process and your rights as an excluded employee.

>> Click here to find a "Know Your Rights" Chapter meeting in YOUR area!

>> Click here to learn more about past "Know Your Rights" presentations.


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CDCR Prop 57 - Input Request

Posted: 5/5/2017 Tags: legislation meeting policy representation Tags Views: 1343

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is implementing California Proposition 57, Credit Earning Program, Non-Violent Parole Process, and Pre-Parole Planning Process.

Proposition 57, was approved by California voters on November 8, 2016. The proposition requires the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to promulgate regulations to implement the new constitutional provision contained in Section 32, Article 1 of the California Constitution including the provision pertaining to Parole Consideration and Credit Earning.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved CDCR’s Prop 57 emergency regulations on April 13, 2017. Click here to review the emergency regulations.

Per CDCR “the roll out of the various components related to the regulations will occur on or before October 2017”. Pursuant to Proposition 57, the Department is also developing regulations to permit inmates to earn Milestone Completion Credit, Educational Merit Credit, and Rehabilitative Achievement Credit” if inmates complete approved rehabilitative programs and activities. If you are an excluded employee at CDCR, ACSS is interested to hear from you regarding the additional workload and the resources necessary to meet the additional program requirements.

To preserve the rights of CDCR excluded employees and address the concerns of our members, ACSS has requested a meet and confer with CDCR. Under the Bill of Rights for State Excluded Employees Government Code Section 3533 a “Meet and Confer” means that the state employer shall consider as fully as it deems reasonable, such presentations as are made by ACSS - the verified supervisory employee organization - on behalf of its supervisory members prior to arriving at a determination of policy or course of action.

If you are a CDCR excluded employee, you may be impacted by the implementation of Proposition 57, Credit Earning Program, Non-Violent Parole Process, and Pre-Parole Planning Process. If you are a member of ACSS and have any questions or concerns that you would like ACSS to address, please contact me via email at nlynn@ACSS.org by Friday, May 12th, 2017. Your thoughts and input regarding the implementation of Prop 57 are important to ensure that the concerns of all impacted members are addressed.


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