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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: 1839

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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SEIU Local 1000 Members Approved New Contract

Posted: 1/20/2017 Tags: bargaining legislation salary Tags Views: 2643

The votes are in and according to SEIU Local 1000, approximately 90 percent of the the people voted in favor of the new contract. The 42-month contract promises members a $2,500 bonus and a cumulative raise of 11.5%. The next step is ratification of the Legislature before the 96,000 state workers represented by SEIU Local 1000 receive their bonus checks.  

>> Click here to read the full article from the Sac Bee.


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Rank and File reach a Tentative Agreement and Pay Raise – How this Affects Excluded Employees

Posted: 12/5/2016 Tags: bargaining policy retirement salary Tags Views: 4830

Over the past month, ACSS has followed the bargaining between California’s largest union of state employees (SEIU Local 1000) and the State of California over a new contract. We have also been following the reports on the possibility of a strike and how the State of California sought to halt the potentially disruptive strike by seeking an injunction against SEIU Local 1000 employees. The Brown administration has been arguing that the potential strike would be illegal because of the no-strike clause. On Friday December 2nd, 2016, SEIU Local 1000 announced that the strike, set for December 5th, had been called off.

Over the weekend, a tentative agreement had been reportedly reached between L1000 and the state. As reported by SEIU Local 1000, the new tentative agreement includes:

  • A $2,500 one-time signing bonus
  • 11.5% GSI total spread over 3 years: 4% effective 7/1/2017, 4% GSI effective 7/1/2018 and 3.5% GSI effective 7/1/2019.
  • Only 2.3% total in prefunding contributions for retirement health benefits over those 3 years
  • Special salary adjustments in over 30 classifications

ACSS will review and analyze the tentative agreement. We plan to reach out to CalHR to discuss the impact of this potential agreement on excluded employees related to SEIU Bargaining Units. ACSS is following this issue closely and will continue to bring updates to managers and supervisors who may be affected by it.


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ACSS Continues Communication with CalHR

Posted: 11/9/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation salary Tags Views: 1631

On Monday November 7th, ACSS met with CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. Gillihan informed ACSS of staffing changes within CalHR for the position responsible for labor relations of excluded state employees. The current labor relations representative, Steven Booth, will be leaving the position and CalHR will be filling the vacancy with a new employee soon.

In addition, Pam Manwiller, Deputy Director of Labor Relations, notified us that an additional pay letter will be released soon in regards to excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2. Manwiller says the new pay letter "corrects things that were missed in previous pay letters".

ACSS President Frank Ruffino noted, “Although much works remains to be done, We're grateful to the Governor and CalHR for their effort and time in addressing our issues.”

ACSS and CalHR continue to work together to improve and resolve the issues affecting excluded employees. As always, ACSS will keep you informed on any updates.


*** UPDATE: January 5, 2017 - Pay Letter 16-19A-2 ***

On January 5, 2017, CalHR Released Pay letter 16-19A, which is an update on Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2. 

>> Click here to download Pay Letter 16-19A-2


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General Salary Increase and Special Salary Adjustment for Attorneys and Hearing Officers (BU2)

Posted: 10/17/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation representation salary Tags Views: 2119

On October 11, 2016, Cal HR released Pay Letter 16-19, and later released Pay Letter 16-19A on October 13, regarding General Salary Raises (GSI) and Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) to excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2 (Attorneys and Hearing Officers).

M02 and S02 –

  • Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) for all classes designated M02, S02 and supervisory ranges in U02. (See page 7 of Pay Letter 16-19 for details.)

In addition to the GSI mentioned above, there were many classes within M02 and S02 that received Special Salary Adjustments (SSA). Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 1% Special Salary Adjustment to the maximum of the class, for all classes designated M02 and S02 in Pay Letter 16-19 and Pay Letter 16-19A. In addition, all employees designated M02 and S02 shall receive a 1% increase, including employees who separated from state service prior to October 1, 2016, and have lump sum payments that extend beyond October 1, 2016. The lump sum payments shall be adjusted to reflect the above salary increase.

Below are some of the notable classes that received SSAs in this Pay Letter:

  • Class 5703 – Supervising Deputy Attorney General – 4.96% SSA
  • Class 5871 – Assistant Chief Counsel – 14.99% SSA
  • Class 5872 – Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. – 17.41% SSA
  • Class 5873 – Chief Counsel II, C.E.A. – 17.57% SSA
  • Class 6088 – Presiding Administrative Law Judge – 5% SSA

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19.

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19A.

ACSS will continue to advocate for additional special salary adjustments for excluded employees associated with BU02. As more information is available, we will make sure to pass that on.


Update: October 18, 2016

CalHR Releases Pay Letter 16-19B - Correction on Section 14 Differentials for Attorneys


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Prefunding Retirement Benefit Contributions – Implementation for S06, M06 and other Excluded Employees


On August 26, 2016, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding for supervisors and managers tied to Bargaining Unit 6 (Peace Officers).

Below are the important issues that were discussed at the meeting:

  • Excluded Employee General Salary Increases
  • Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding Implementation
  • Processing Prefunding Deductions
  • Delaying Prefunding
  • Retirement Health Benefits and Vesting for New Employees

  >> Click here to read the full text of the article.


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Maintenance Workers Reject Pay Increase - Dissatisfaction Over Hefty Prefunding

Posted: 7/8/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation politics retirement salary Tags Views: 1402

On July 7, 2016, Bargaining Unit 12 Maintenance Workers (rank-and-file) rejected a pay increase agreement and authorized a strike. While the agreement proposes a ten percent increase in pay through 2019, it also requires employees to pay nearly half of the increase back toward retiree health benefits.  At this time, the impact on excluded employees (managers and supervisors) is unknown. For now, BU12 and the Employer go back to the bargaining table to discuss how much state employees should contribute to retiree health benefits.

 >>Read the full SacBee article for details...


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CalHR Releases Pay Letter for BU9 and BU10 Salary Increases

Posted: 7/7/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 1755

CalHR released the official pay letter (PL1613) that details a 5% salary increase for managerial, supervisory and other excluded classes related to Bargaining Units 9 and 10. Effective July 1, 2016, all employees in classes/ranges M09, S09, E48, E59, M10, S10 and E59 shall receive the 5 percent increase.

The pay letter also provides documentation for pay differentials in Bargaining Unit 6.

>> Download PL1613


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General Salary Increases for Bargaining Units 7, 9 & 10

Posted: 7/1/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 2624

Cal HR provided information to ACSS regarding pay increases for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Units 7 (Protective Services and Public Safety), 9 (Professional Engineers) and 10 (Professional Scientific):

  • S07 employees – 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective July 1, 2016.
  • S09 employees – 5% GSI effective July 1, 2016. In addition, certain shift differentials will also receive a $1.00 increase.
  • S10 employees – 5% GSI effective July 1, 2016.

CalHR will release official Pay Letters in the near future that contains more details of these pay increases and improvements. ACSS will continue to follow up and advocate for additional special salary adjustments for excluded employees associated with these bargaining units, in addition to advocating on behalf of excluded employees in all other bargaining units across the state.


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Salary and Benefit Improvements for Excluded Employees Related to BU6 and BU10

Posted: 5/27/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits legislation salary Tags Views: 2973

The May Revise of the Governor’s Budget included some information which provides funding for several benefit and salary improvements to excluded employees related to Bargaining Units 6 and 10.

Bargaining Unit 6 - Corrections:

  • 3% General Salary Increase effective 6/1/2016 (first day pay period following ratification); 3% GDI effective July 1, 2017 and 3% GSI effective July 1, 2018.
  • PD165 Senior Peace Officer Pay Differential – 1% for each step.
  • Increase uniform allowance from $530 to $950.
  • Physical fitness included in base salary. (Effective June 1, 2016)
  • R & R increase to $2,600 and add Pelican Bay, California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prisons. (Effective June 1, 2016)
  • Housing stipend increase to $200 for Correctional Training Facility, San Quentin and Salinas Valley State Prisons. (Only applies to correctional Counselor II (Sup.))

The following additional benefit for BU 6 has been proposed and is under review by CalHR:

  • Change in definition of hours worked – allows time off for Jury Duty, Subpoenaed Witness and Military Leave to be counted as time worked for the purpose of overtime calculations.

Bargaining Unit 10 – Professional Scientific:

  • 5% General Salary Increase for July 1, 2016 is included in the proposed budget and subject to budget approval. Future years will be addressed in the context of future budget year deliberations.

The following benefits for BU 10 have been proposed and are under review by CalHR:

  • Lodging rate increases.
  • Private aircraft mileage reimbursement rate increase from $0.50 to $1.29.
  • Time off for organ and bone marrow donation.

At this time, we do not have any additional information for salary increases or benefit improvements for excluded employees related to other bargaining units. As always, ACSS strives to improve working conditions and pay for excluded employees. We will keep you informed with any new updates to salary and benefits in the future.


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