Legislative News

Supreme Court Upholds Fair-Share Fees for Unions

Posted: 4/1/2016 Tags: legislation politics Tags Views: 492

On March 29, 2016, the Supreme Court announced a 4 - 4 tie vote in the case of Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Assn., preserving a rule that requires public employees to pay “fair share fees” to support their union. Opponents contend that forcing public employees to pay fair share fees violates their rights to free speech. In this tie vote, the Supreme Court upholds the long-standing rule requiring public employees to help pay for the cost of collective bargaining on the theory that all benefit to some degree.

ACSS supports this decision and supports other labor unions that enact fair share fees. Since ACSS is not a union, this decision does not affect our organization. ACSS does not receive fair share fees. Instead, our members voluntarily join and agree to have ACSS membership dues deducted from their paycheck to receive ACSS’ benefits.

Click here to read more about this topic from the SacBee.

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CalHR Committed to Continuing Efforts to Resolve Salary Compaction

Posted: 3/18/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits compaction legislation pension policy retirement Tags Views: 1068

Success at ACSS Lobby Day 2016!

Posted: 3/11/2016 Tags: Lobby Day Tags Views: 572

ACSS Sponsors New Bill to Increase Paid Leave Buy-Back Hours

Posted: 2/25/2016 Tags: legislation Tags Views: 1052

ACSS is dedicated to improving and protecting the rights of excluded employees. In our efforts to increase benefits for our members, ACSS is sponsoring AB 2735 which will increase the Paid Leave Buy-Back amount for all excluded employees up to 80 hours of eligible unused leave credit per year. Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AD 59) has come forth to author this bill.
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Pension-cutting Measures Called Off, Possible Comeback in 2018

Posted: 1/22/2016 Tags: benefits pension retirement Tags Views: 630

On Monday January 18, 2015, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced that he is halting his plans to add two pension-cutting measures to the November ballot. Instead, he and former San Diego Council Member Chuck DeMaio jointly stated that they will push for only one of the measures to move forward on the November 2018 ballot. Labor organizations are rejoicing over this news and predict that the measure appearing on the November 2018 ballot is a long shot.

Reed attributed the regression of the measures to insufficient support from potential funders and says they will “wait for 2018 for higher prospects for a better return.” Both measures performed poorly in a recent poll, which made potential funding supporters wary. Steve Maviglio, a Union Coalition Spokesperson, predicts 2018 will be no better for the Reed/DeMaio pension measures. He says “2018 ballot measure attacking pensions faces an uphill climb. The most likely scenario: pension changes will continue to be negotiated at the bargaining table – right where those discussions should occur – instead of on the ballot.”

This is a positive event for ACSS members and all state workers can let out a sigh of relief knowing that, for the time being, their pensions are going to stay put. As always, ACSS will closely follow this issue and will provide you with updates.

Click here to read the article in the Sacramento Bee

Click here to read Steve Maviglio’s article in Fox&Hounds

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