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ACSS stands up for safety at DMH

Posted: 1/27/2012 Tags: budget health Tags Views: 1268

The Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) met with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) on Friday, January 13, 2012, to discuss the Department's transition plan to become the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

ACSS continues to raises concerns over the impact of decreasing staff ratios on the safety of patients and staff. DMH stated that the changes will enhance safety of both staff and patients because staff is being redirected back to the units. However, ACSS believes simply showing on paper that added staff will be assigned to the units will not necessarily result in greater safety.

Read more about the work we're doing for excluded employees at DMH after the jump.


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Do you trust a risky market for your state pension?

Posted: 1/27/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 908

Attacks on your earned pension are heating up.

At a public hearing this week, opponents of the "hybrid" pension shift proposed by Governor Brown primarily highlighted the volatile, risky nature of defined contribution schemes.

"The 401k experiment hasn't worked," said SEIU spokesperson Terry Brennand. "Look at your own 401k? Are you ready to retire?"

Read more and watch KGO-TV's story on the hearing after the jump.


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DMH layoffs - ACSS fighting for your rights

Posted: 1/26/2012 Tags: health layoff Tags Views: 1224

The Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) met with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) on Friday, January 13, 2012, to discuss the Department's transition plan to become the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

DMH stated that the Department is initiating layoffs; specifically DMH will be submitting a proposed layoff plan to DPA with in the next 30 days. The layoff plan includes the elimination of those excluded employee positions already identified in the cost savings measures provided to ACSS. DMH stated that there are vacancies currently at Coalinga State Hospital and Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program, which may be filled by voluntary transfer to help mitigate layoffs.

Read more about what ACSS is doing to preserve excluded employee rights at DMH after the jump.


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ACSS suggests efficiency before cuts at DMH

Posted: 1/25/2012 Tags: budget health Tags Views: 1199

The Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) met with the Department of Mental Health (DMH) on Friday, January 13, 2012, to discuss the Department's transition plan to become the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

Prior to the meeting, DMH provided a list of cost savings measures that the Department would be implementing to address the fact that the Department is operating above their allocated budget. DMH was very clear that the DMH budget has not been cut, but that they must address the operational deficit.

During the meeting ACSS provided a viable efficiency measure to reduce cost: Specifically, reevaluating housing of patients based on patients' needs to allow for staff and resources to be allocated more efficiently. Read more after the jump.


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Get your free ACSS shirt!

Posted: 1/19/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1057

Need an official ACSS shirt for Lobby Day?

Register now for our upcoming Lobby Day and we'll purchase one for you if you need it.

You must be a current ACSS member to register.

Get registered now!
www.acss.org/LobbyDay


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ACSS members eligible for "financial makeover" from CNN Money

Posted: 1/18/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1040

CNN's Money Magazine is looking to feature an ACSS member who meets certain criteria in a "financial makeover" story in which they will work with a financial planner to overcome economic difficulties that have resulted from state budget cuts.

Members must meet the following criteria:

* Annual household income between $100k and $250k
* Currently employed as a state worker
* Between 40-69 years old
* Your financial plans have been negatively impacted by furloughs, pay cuts, the possibility of pension cuts, etc.
* You must be comfortable with your real name, photograph, and financial details being published

If you meet the above criteria, email ACSS at kglidden@calcsea.org with the subject "Financial Makeover", include your full name, age, household salary range, and describe in 100 words or less how state budget cuts have impacted your current or future financial outlook.

Emails must be received no later than Thursday, January 26th.

NOTE: Final selections of eligible members will be made by CNN Money.


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ACSS agreement protects OIG supervisors

Posted: 1/17/2012 Tags: budget layoff legislature membership rights Tags Views: 1315

Following last year's May budget revise, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) faced a plan to dismantle the department entirely, which would have resulted in the elimination of dozens of excluded employee positions.

Your ACSS was able to help save the OIG by working with our members in the department to illustrate to legislators the dire consequences that would result from the elimination of the OIG. Though we helped save the department, the OIGthen faced budget cuts consistent with those affecting other state agencies.

In October of 2011 the OIG released a layoff plan to address those budget cuts, and your ACSS worked to reach the following agreement to protect excluded employee rights during the layoff process: http://bit.ly/A21m3D


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ACSS to meet and confer re: SCIF consolidation discrepancies

Posted: 1/12/2012 Tags: Tags Views: 1085

In 2010, SCIF sent your ACSS a 3-year Office Consolidation plan.

Upon receiving the 2012 site-to-site schedule, your ACSS labor team noticed some discrepancies from the original plan. We have officially requested a meet and confer with SCIF to address those discrepancies.

SCIF noted at least one error in the 2012 schedule:

"I do want to point out one error: The Internal Audit move from Sacramento to Vacaville is listed for Jan. 6, 2012. This move ... has been moved back to sometime around mid-May. No definite date has been set to my knowledge."

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the consolidation schedule, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie Lynn ASAP at nlynn@calcsea.org


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ACSS to meet and confer re: SCIF layoff plan

Posted: 1/12/2012 Tags: layoff membership rights Tags Views: 1127

Your ACSS labor team received this notice from SCIF regarding staffing reductions scheduled to take effect April 30, 2012.

To preserve your rights and address the concerns of our members, ACSS has officially requested a meet and confer with SCIF to discuss the layoff plan.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the reductions, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie Lynn ASAP at nlynn@calcsea.org


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DSS Meet and Confer

Posted: 1/10/2012 Tags: membership rights Tags Views: 2741

Your ACSS received notice of intent of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Care Licensing Division to reorganize the Adult and Senior Care Program.

Specifically staff currently assigned responsibilities only to Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly or only to Adult Community Care Facilities will now have a mixed assignment. The reorganization may impact the terms and conditions of employment for affected employees.

To preserve your rights and address the concerns of our members, ACSS requested a meet and confer with DSS to discuss the reorganization plan.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the implementation of the reorganization, please contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie Lynn ASAP at nlynn@calcsea.org


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