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CalHR Releases Special Salary Adjustment Pay Letter for Bargaining Units 9 and 10

Posted: 8/21/2014 Tags: policy salary Tags Views: 8003

On July 15th 2014, ACSS met with CalHR as a follow-up discussion in regards to the pending pay letter for excluded employees, including ACSS members, associated with bargaining units 9 and 10. No other units were discussed in this particular meeting. On August 20th 2014, CalHR released an additional official pay letter for S09, M09, S10 and M10 detailing the salary adjustments for excluded employee classifications associated with these units.

To summarize, some supervisors in a split classification are now provided parity in salary with the rank and file. In our July meeting, CalHR did not compare these salaries with those of the employees they supervise. They only identified salary adjustments for parity with either the benchmark class or rank and file class for split class, for now.

It was also confirmed that any salary adjustments above 5% would be incrementally PERSable over the course of 3 years, and not immediately. Only the initial 5% would be PERSable immediately. The best outcome would have been an immediately PERSable full amount of the salary adjustment. ACSS does, however, have confirmation that the PERSable salary will indeed occur, according to the latest legislative decision. ( See SB-102, Section 4 for an elaboration on “incrementally PERSable”. )

Even though Pay Letter 14-17 is being released later than expected, CalHR assured ACSS that if a state worker’s class is awarded an additional pay raise, it will, in fact, be retroactive and back-paid to the July 1, 2014 effective date. ACSS continues to work diligently with CalHR to discuss salary adjustments for other excluded employees facing similar salary compaction.

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Assembly Passes ACSS-Sponsored Bill SB 216 in a 66-0 Vote

Posted: 8/20/2014 Tags: legislature salary Tags Views: 1571

ACSS Executive Director Rocco R. Paternoster provides an update on SB216 (Compaction - Public employment: salary ranges). After 2 years of discussion with the legislature and several recent meetings with Governor Brown's Administration, ACSS-sponsored bill SB216 has moved out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and to the Assembly Floor for a vote. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Assembly passed SB216 today on a 66-0 vote.

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Victory for Ventura County Employees – Superior Court Deemed Pension-Cutting Measure Invalid

Posted: 8/14/2014 Tags: court pension Tags Views: 1329

Saying it would be a "waste of public resources" to put it on the ballot, the Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew on August 4, 2014 ordered the removal of a ballot measure that would have replaced the County's defined benefits pension plan with a 401(k) and set a cap on retirement benefits.

This is a victory for the Citizens for Retirement Security ("CRS"), a coalition of nine unions within Ventura County that filed suit against the County. CRS argued that the county can't unilaterally repeal its participation in the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937. Only the legislature has the power to authorize a pension phase-out plan.

The measure was also eliminated because it violated the single subject requirement imposed by the California Constitution. The subject initiative sought to 1) eliminate defined benefit retirement programs and 2) impose a five year salary cap. Ventura County employees can take in a sigh of relief knowing that their pensions are still in place, for now.

However, the Judge provided the parties time to appeal prior to the election by staying his decision until August 14th. An appellate ruling would likely issue before the final deadline for printing the November ballots later this month. We will keep you updated as the appellate process unfolds.

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Excluded Employee Pay Letter from CalHR Released: 2% Salary Increase

Posted: 7/9/2014 Tags: policy salary Tags Views: 1735

ACSS received the Pay Letter 14-08 from CalHR and we can now confirm who will get the 2% general salary increase effective July 1, 2014. Check if your class received a raise by reading the official pay letter.

CalHR will develop separate pay letters for specified increases for excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Unit 5 and for special pay adjustments for some of the excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Units 9 and 10. A separate pay letter for excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Unit 6 is anticipated as well. There may be some additional letters that provide special adjustments for specified classifications. ACSS will notify you of these additional letters as they become available for release.

For questions, please directly contact YOUR local ACSS Labor Relations Representative.

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CalHR Response to Pay Package for Excluded Employees

Posted: 6/27/2014 Tags: salary Tags Views: 1572

ACSS received the following response from CalHR regarding the pay package for excluded employees, fiscal year 2014-2015:

"Most excluded employees (excepting S05 and S06 employees) will be receiving a 2% GSI effective 7/1/14. The budget also provides funds for the policy objectives to address compaction for S09 employees to bring them to 5% above their subordinates and to implement Like Pay for Like Work for S10 employees. Any increases greater than 5% will be incrementally PERSable over a 3 year period."

As of Friday, June 27, 2014, CalHR has not responded to ACSS several inquires concerning whether Unit 12 Supervisors will get a 2% raise instead of the bonus. Pay letters should be issued by July 8th and ACSS will receive an advance copy from CalHR. In addition, CalHR still has not confirmed the S09/M09 and S10/M10 classifications that will received a salary adjustment or the amount.

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