Three Excluded Employees Won Gift Certificates for Joining ACSS in 2017!

Posted: 11/21/2017 Tags: Tags Views: 1157

In September and October of 2017, ACSS held a six-week promotional membership drive to encourage supervisors and managers to join ACSS. Three excluded employees who submitted membership applications during the sweepstakes period were selected at random as winners.

Jessica Gomez won the grand prize $500 Amazon gift certificate and is a member of Chapter 503. Ms. Gomez is a Staff Services Manager at the Employment Development Department (EDD) in Sacramento. She joined ACSS because she recently got promoted and heard about the benefits of ACSS at her Supervisor/Manager training session.

Jessica Gomez (right) with ACSS Chapter 503 President Jim Teahan (left) at EDD in Sacramento.

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Joyce Lorta won a runner-up prize $250 Amazon gift certificate and is also a member of Chapter 503. Ms. Lorta is a Staff Information Systems Analyst Supervisor at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Sacramento. She has been a supervisor for five years. She decided to join ACSS for the career representation services and for the member benefits. She is interested in making the most of her membership and saving money on home loans, travel, and group insurances.

Joyce Lorta at DMV in Sacramento.

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Charlotte Chitadje Brinlee also won a runner-up prize $250 Amazon gift certificate and is a member of Chapter 505. Ms. Brinlee is a Program and Project Supervisor at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in San Francisco.

Charlotte Chitadje Brinlee (left) with ACSS Chapter 505 Board Member Michael Bonner  (right) at PUC in San Francisco.

ACSS congratulates these three excluded employees on winning the 2016 ACSS Membership Drive Sweepstakes and welcomes them as new members of ACSS.

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Get Involved! - Attend Your Local ACSS Chapter's Open Nominations Meeting.

Posted: 11/3/2017 Tags: Tags Views: 883

Open Nominations Meetings:

Get involved and be a part of the ACSS team by coming to your Chapter’s Open Nominations Chapter meeting!

At this meeting, nominations are accepted for the 3 chapter officer positions (Chapter President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) and delegates for Delegate Assembly. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING TO NOMINATE YOURSELF. If you wish to nominate yourself or a fellow member but cannot attend the meeting, please contact your Chapter President to submit your nomination to the Nominations Committee on or before the Nominations Meeting date.

All members nominated at the meeting must be an active member in good standing and willing to serve the 3-year term of office.

Voting takes place from April 20, 2018 to May 21, 2018.  Delegate Assembly will be held on July 13-15, 2018, at the Sacramento Arden West Hilton.

To learn more about Chapter Officer positions and duties, or the processes of Chapter Nominations, visit the Chapter Elections page on the ACSS website

Click here to find out when YOUR local Chapter's Nominations meeting will be held. 

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Public Employee Women Can Now Press Claims For Equal Pay

Posted: 10/20/2017 Tags: legislation rights salary Tags Views: 1517

On October 14th, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 46 which allows female public employees to press claims against wage discrimination. Earlier in October 2017, Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358), which allowed private-sector female employees to press wage discrimination claims. Assembly Bill 46 extends these rights to excluded state employees.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (AD 09) authored the bill and comments, “I authored AB 46 because not only am I the father of four women of color, but also because I believe it is important to lead by example and ensure that our pay equity laws apply to all sectors, both private and public.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, women in the state workforce earn about 79.5 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, which constitutes a 16 percent gender wage gap. Cooper’s bill is an important piece of legislation that provides for fair pay adjustments for women throughout the state. Excluded employees can process wage discrimination claims through the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

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ACSS Endorses Bilbrey for CalPERS Board

Posted: 10/13/2017 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 1086

ACSS is thrilled at the results for David Miller’s win of the CalPERS Board Member At Large Position A seat, and we thank all ACSS members who voted in support of Miller. With Miller voted into this position, ACSS members can be assured that Miller will fight to help protect pensions for all state employees.

Now we need your participation again to help reelect Michael Bilbrey for CalPERS Board Member At Large, Seat B, on November 10th. Bilbrey has been a CalPERS member for over 27 years and is employed by Citrus Community College as the bookstore operations coordinator helping to oversee the multimillion dollar business. He was also president of the California School Employees Association where he served in a leadership position for 25 years. Click here to learn more about Michael Bilbrey.

ACSS President Frank Ruffino comments, "Michael Bilbrey is the clear choice to be re-elected to the CalPERS Board. We can trust him to protect our pensions and health care. Please remember to vote and look for your ballot in the mail around November 10th."

ACSS urges you to support and vote for Bilbrey at the CalPERS Runoff election.

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Update on the Information Technology Series Class Consolidation package

Posted: 10/6/2017 Tags: compaction jobs policy representation salary Tags Views: 2052

ACSS met with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) regarding the state’s proposed Information Technology Series Class Consolidation package on September 20, 2017.

CalHR planned to submit the Class Consolidation Package to the State Personnel Board (SPB) for approval at the October 12th SPB Board meeting. However, CalHR did not submit the Board item to SPB for the October 12 Board meeting. Per CalHR “there may be slight changes” made to the proposal. If package changes are made and/or this item is returned to a future SPB meeting agenda, ACSS will provide updates such as this one.

ACSS used the feedback provided by many excluded IT employees to advocate on behalf of our members. During our meet and confer with CalHR ACSS addressed these key areas of concern (along with others not listed):

  • Salary compaction: The proposed package does not provide a 10% differential for Supervisors and Managers relative to their staff.
  • Total Compensation: A CalHR report from 2014 showing significant pay lags for IT Related classes in the state as compared to other public and private employers. CalHR sets the pay for excluded employees and the proposed package does not address this issue.
  • Reallocation of Excluded Employees to new classifications: This is a concern affecting Data Processing Manager (DPM) I, II, and III incumbents. New position allocations in some cases did not appropriately consider or account for the duties of employees in those classifications and/or would no longer permit the supervision of current subordinates in the proposed plan.

As a result of ACSS’ ongoing discussions with CalHR and the meet and confer meeting, CalHR made changes to proposed SPB Classification Specifications.

Click here to view the updated IT Consolidation Structure Map.

Please contact Charlotte Hoar at choar@acss.org or call 916-326-4388 if you have questions.

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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: 1880

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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Cast Your VOTE! Miller Will Protect YOUR Pension.

Posted: 9/23/2017 Tags: benefits election pension retirement Tags Views: 1166

Hurry! Monday October 2 is the last day you can cast your vote in the CalPERS election. ACSS encourages you to support David Miller for CalPERS Board Member At Large, Position A. Miller is committed to putting the interests of CalPERS members first. Miller has spent 25 years as a union member, union leader and a founder of Californians for Retirement Security, the broad coalition formed in 2005 to fight against non-stop attacks on public employees and our pensions. With integrity and commitment, Miller will stand up to ensure the system is always there to provide retirement security for each and every employee and retiree.

Click here to vote online NOW! Miller needs YOUR support to help protect pensions and ensure the best interests for all excluded employees.

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Meet the New ACSS Staff Attorneys!

Posted: 9/21/2017 Tags: Tags Views: 2274

Two experienced attorneys have joined the ACSS staff to help the representation program! 

Zee Syed started working for ACSS in July 2017 and represents members in the City of Sacramento and central California. A licensed California attorney, Zee received her law degree from University of San Francisco, School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She brings a wealth of experience to ACSS from her prior practice representing and advising, public and private sector employers, on a wide variety of workplace issues. Zee is a member of the Labor and Employment section of the State Bar of California and the Association of Workplace Investigators. If you are in need of representation or have a difficult job-related issue, contact Zee at zsyed@acss.org.


Dianne Schaumburg started working for ACSS in July 2017 and represents members in Sacramento County (excluding the City of Sacramento) and northeastern California. A licensed California attorney, Dianne received her law degree from U.C. Davis School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from San Jose State University. She brings a wealth of experience to ACSS from her prior practice representing and advising State, local and University of California employees on a wide variety of workplace issues. Dianne is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar, the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). If you are in need of representation or have a difficult job-related issue, contact Dianne at dschaumburg@acss.org.

Click here to view the ACSS Map
of coverage areas and contact information for all of ACSS's Labor Relations Representatives.

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ACSS Met With CalHR in a Positive Meeting to Address Issues

Posted: 9/14/2017 Tags: benefits legislation representation salary Tags Views: 3012

On September 6th, ACSS met with CalHR Director Richard Gillihan to discuss salary compaction and address other issues that affect excluded state employees. ACSS President Frank Ruffino, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster, and ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Nellie Lynn attended the meeting and agreed it was both positive and productive.

Ruffino commented, “Never before have we seen such cooperation and mutual respect between CalHR and the ACSS leadership team. This was an opportunity for great dialog which I envision will translate into positive results for ACSS members. I am optimistic for the path ahead.”

ACSS voiced concerns on behalf of members in response to our previously reported article on Pay Letter 17-18. In response to that article, members voiced their concerns to us about their specific classification not receiving a Special Salary Adjustment (SSA) similar to their subordinates. After the meeting on September 6th, ACSS and CalHR are closer to reaching some resolutions to provide additional SSAs. We intend to deliver the details to you as soon as we learn more information.

Another issue discussed with CalHR was the implementation of Out-of-State Health Care Benefits for excluded employees. CalHR decided to pass on this benefit to excluded employees based on the efforts of ACSS. The program provides for a monetary benefit for excluded employees headquartered out-of-state who cannot enroll in a CalPERS HMO. More news on this topic is coming soon.

ACSS and CalHR also addressed remaining salary compaction solutions as part of the future pay package and the budget cycle of 2018-2019.The discussion was also very positive and we hope to continue building on these discussions to ensure fair standards for all excluded employees. Progress has been made towards reaching resolutions and we will continue to move forward with our goal of having all excluded employee receive fair and equitable salary and benefits.

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

Posted: 9/8/2017 Tags: benefits meeting retirement Tags Views: 1006

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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