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ACSS Continues Communication with CalHR

Posted: 11/9/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation salary Tags Views: 998

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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Pensions in the News

Posted: 11/4/2016 Tags: benefits pension retirement Tags Views: 1372

ACSS fights to protect your pension and to provide members with relevant news for excluded state employees in regards to pension protection. Below are some informative and insightful recent publications that report on the current pension protection issue in California:

Jerry Brown touted his pension reforms as a game-changer. But they’ve done little to rein in costs
(October 28, 2016 - LA Times)

Generous pensions: Will the courts give government a way out?
(October 30, 2016 - San Jose Mercury News)

Marin ‘pension spiking’ appeal draws national attention
(October 30, 2016 - Marin Independent Journal)


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Incentives for DDS Excluded Employees Facing Department Closures

Posted: 10/27/2016 Tags: benefits jobs layoff legislation meeting policy salary Tags Views: 1161

CalHR will implement substantial retention incentives for managers and supervisors of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) who are facing closures of some DDS facilities. A Meet and Confer meeting between ACSS, DSS and CalHR was held on October 24th, 2016. After serious consideration of ACSS’ input on behalf of excluded employees, DDS will provide impacted employees with a stipend of up to $6,000 for the period worked from July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018 or closure (whichever comes first).

Click on the links below to read more details about each facility closure:

*Please be aware that not all Porterville GTA employees will receive the stipend. Only those positions that are slated for termination with closure will accrue the stipend. ACSS will provide an update when notice is received regarding which GTA positions will not be affected by the closure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative. Click here for contact information for the ACSS Representative near you.


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General Salary Increase and Special Salary Adjustment for Attorneys and Hearing Officers (BU2)

Posted: 10/17/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation representation salary Tags Views: 1230

On October 11, 2016, Cal HR released Pay Letter 16-19, and later released Pay Letter 16-19A on October 13, regarding General Salary Raises (GSI) and Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) to excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2 (Attorneys and Hearing Officers).

M02 and S02 –

  • Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) for all classes designated M02, S02 and supervisory ranges in U02. (See page 7 of Pay Letter 16-19 for details.)

In addition to the GSI mentioned above, there were many classes within M02 and S02 that received Special Salary Adjustments (SSA). Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 1% Special Salary Adjustment to the maximum of the class, for all classes designated M02 and S02 in Pay Letter 16-19 and Pay Letter 16-19A. In addition, all employees designated M02 and S02 shall receive a 1% increase, including employees who separated from state service prior to October 1, 2016, and have lump sum payments that extend beyond October 1, 2016. The lump sum payments shall be adjusted to reflect the above salary increase.

Below are some of the notable classes that received SSAs in this Pay Letter:

  • Class 5703 – Supervising Deputy Attorney General – 4.96% SSA
  • Class 5871 – Assistant Chief Counsel – 14.99% SSA
  • Class 5872 – Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. – 17.41% SSA
  • Class 5873 – Chief Counsel II, C.E.A. – 17.57% SSA
  • Class 6088 – Presiding Administrative Law Judge – 5% SSA

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19.

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19A.

ACSS will continue to advocate for additional special salary adjustments for excluded employees associated with BU02. As more information is available, we will make sure to pass that on.


Update: October 18, 2016

CalHR Releases Pay Letter 16-19B - Correction on Section 14 Differentials for Attorneys


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Changes in Leadership Training and Development for Excluded Employees

Posted: 10/14/2016 Tags: legislation policy representation training Tags Views: 1061

On October 7, 2016, CalHR released PML 2016-028 in regards to changes in leadership training for excluded employees. As part of the Civil Service Improvement initiative, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 848 into law on June 27, 2016 which intends to simplify, streamline and improve civil service employment. SB 848 includes amendments to leadership training for managers and supervisors.

SB 848:

  • Amends the strategy for continually advancing employee skills and authorizes CalHR to prescribe policy guidance for administering statewide training.
  • Amends training requirements for Government Leaders by requiring 80 hours of training to be successfully completed within 6 months of initial appointment, but no later than the end of the probationary period. On-The-Job-Training (OJT) will no longer be allowed as a portion of the required supervisory training.
  • Adds new training requirements for management and Career Executive Assignment (CEA) employees:
      o Managers will be provided 40 hours leadership training and development.
      o CEAs will be provided 20 hours leadership training and development.
      o Training must be completed within 12 months of initial appointment.
      o Supervisors, managers and CEAs are required to complete 20 hours of leadership training and development every two years.
  • Requires leadership training and development to be documented.

PML 2016-28 also includes changes to rules on exempt return rights, leave overpayments and Limited Expansion and Appointment Program (LEAP).

>> Click here to read more about the details of PML 2016-28.


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