Legislative News

Paid Leave Buy-Back Program Enhanced – Options for Savings Plan or Cash Payout

Posted: 12/9/2016 Tags: benefits policy Tags Views: 1039

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has authorized an enhancement to the Paid Leave Buy-Back Program for fiscal year 2016-17 in PML 2016-032. Employees designated as Exempt, Managerial, Supervisory, Confidential, or otherwise excluded from collective bargaining are able to participate. If an employee has vacation or annual leave balances in excess of 640 hours as of December 1, 2016, the employee has the option to transfer accruals into a Savings Plus 457(b) account, transfer accruals into a 401(k) account, or request a cash payment. This enhancement to the Excluded Employee Leave Buy-Back Program allows employees another option when using the 80 hours of leave buy-back proposed and obtained by ACSS in April 2016.

Eligible employees can elect to participate by completing the Transfer Future Leave Accruals to Savings Plus form and returning it to Human Resources by December 31, 2016. No action is required if you do NOT elect to participate.

For more information, download the FAQ provided by CalHR.


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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: 3007

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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Legislative Analyst’s Office Predicts Uncertainty Yet Preparedness in Future Budget Outlook

Posted: 11/18/2016 Tags: budget legislation Tags Views: 378

On November 16, 2016, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a comprehensive report on the assessment of the condition of the California economy and budget over the 2016-17 through 2020-2021 period. While the report predicts unpredictable economic conditions ahead, the report also provides a positive budget outlook and describes how the state is prepared to withstand a mild recession in the future.

Assuming that the state makes no additional budget commitments, the report estimates the state would end up with a decent amount of reserves. Of the $11.5 billion in estimated reserves, $2.8 billion would be set aside for discretionary reserves, which the Legislature can appropriate for any purpose.

In the event of a mild economic downturn scenario, the LAO estimates the state would have enough reserves to cover almost all of its operating deficits through 2020-21 without cutting spending or raising taxes.

These estimates are under the assumptions that the state does not make any changes in current policies or programs during the outlook period, and assumes no new changes in federal policy. The future is uncertain and any unforeseen future changes could have significant impact on the budget outlook.

>>Click here to read the full report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office on the Budget Outlook.


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ACSS Endorsed Candidates – Election Results November 2016

Posted: 11/10/2016 Tags: election legislation legislature politics Tags Views: 307

ACSS Legislative Analyst Ted Toppin describes the results of the election in regards to ACSS-Endorsed Candidates. Overall, our ACSS-Endorsed Candidates had a tremendous amount of success.

For ACSS, the state election results were pretty spectacular. The ACSS-endorsed legislative candidate won in 80 of the 82 races in which ACSS took a position. The one ACSS-supported ballot measure – Proposition 55 (Tax Extension for Education) – passed easily.

In the Assembly, the ACSS candidate won in 63 races and lost in two. In contested open seat contests, ACSS was 7-0, including wins in hard fought victories by Jordan Cunningham (R-Central Coast) in AD 35, Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley) in AD 39, and Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) in AD 66.

The two losses were those of incumbent legislators facing serious challenges. In AD 47, incumbent Democrat Cheryl Brown (San Bernardino) lost a tight race to a challenger from her own party who accused her of not acting like a Democrat. In AD 60, ACSS- endorsed Asm. Eric Linder (R-Corona) lost to a Democrat in a suburban Riverside County seat that increasingly votes Democratic.

The 17 state Senate candidates endorsed by ACSS all prevailed. In open seat races, ACSS was 7-0. This includes races in which the ACSS Democratic candidate had to beat another Democrat: Bill Dodd in SD 3 (Napa), Nancy Skinner in SD 9 (East Bay), and Steven Bradford in SD 35 (Gardena). In what were considered three of the bigger partisan Senate face-offs, the ACSS candidate won in each: Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) in SD 21, Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) in SD 25, and Henry Stern (D-Thousand Oaks) in SD 27.

>> Click here to view complete election results for ACSS-endorsed candidates. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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ACSS Continues Communication with CalHR

Posted: 11/9/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation salary Tags Views: 387

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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