Q:Can I join if I am already a member of another similar organization?

Yes! You can join if you are already a member of another similar organization.

Q:How do I pay the dues?

Dues are taken directly as a paycheck deduction. Dues max out at $36, but are calculated based on your salary. To find out what YOUR dues would be, use our dues calculator tool.

Q:What is CSEA and how is ACSS related?

CSEA (California State Employees Association) is the central support of ACSS. ACSS is an affiliate of CSEA.  CSEA provides Member Benefits, accounting, payroll, human resources, and IT services to ACSS. For more information on the Member Benefits available to ACSS members, visit the CSEA Member Benefits homepage.

Q:What if I do not want to join just yet? Can I decide later?

Yes, you can decide later, but we suggest you join as soon as you can or as soon as you promote.  You can join while you are on probation. But don't wait until you have a problem to join ACSS. Late-joiners are not represented.

Q:What if I join and do not like it? Can I cancel anytime?

Yes, you can cancel at any time.  For cancellations, we require a letter written by you with your signature on it to cancel your membership.

Q:How many members does ACSS have?

As of January 2019, ACSS has over 9,500 members, and growing every day!

Q:Is ACSS a union?

ACSS is not a union. ACSS is an incorporated organization.

Q:How long has ACSS been around?

At one time, ACSS was the Supervisor's Division of CSEA (California State Employees Association) in the mid-1980's.

It was the first division to separately incorporate on their own part from CSEA in the mid 1990's to become a CSEA Affiliate.

The ACSS-sponsored Bill of Rights for State Excluded Employees passed in 1990, and was amended in 2004.

Q:What do I get with joining (membership)?

  • Representation - We stand up for you and help you with grievances, negative performance evaluations, rejection on probation, and other career-related issues.
  • Political Action - We sponsor and support legislation to improve your pay, benefits, pension, and working conditions
  • News - Your source for career-related news that matters to managers, supervisors, and excluded state employees
  • Benefits - Discounts on theme park tickets, sporting events, gift certificates, insurance, electronics, travel, and more!

Q:I just became promoted as a manager/supervisor and I am on probation. Can I join?

Yes! If you have just been promoted as a manager, supervisor, confidential or excluded state employee, you can join ACSS while on probation.

Q:How much does it cost?

ACSS membership dues max out at $36/month. Dues are deducted from your paycheck. Dues are based on a sliding scale depending on your salary.  Use our online dues calculator to calculate your ACSS dues.

Q:Who can join ACSS?

State Employees can join ACSS that are considered:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Confidential
  • Excluded
  • NOT Rank and File

Q:How can ACSS help me at my job?

ACSS maintains California's largest full-time staff of professional legal and labor experts dedicated to helping you through any career issues. Just like rank and file employees, supervisors, managers, and confidential employees have the right to representation. The difference is you decide whether to join ACSS or not. Unlike rank and file unions, your membership in the Association of California State Supervisors is voluntary.

Once you join ACSS, however, you’ll enjoy crucial protection on the job.

We help with:

  • Adverse actions
  • EEO investigations
  • Out-of-class grievances
  • Negative performance evaluations
  • Rejection on probation
  • And much more


Learn more and find a Labor Representative in your area or call us at (800) 624-2137.

Q:What does ACSS do?

ACSS maintains an active political program dedicated to improving your career and compensation. Just like rank and file employees, supervisors, managers, and confidential employees have a unified voice in the Capitol. The key to our success is that our political program is led by state employees just like you. We sit down face to face with elected officials and educate them on how their decisions affect us.  That’s why we’ve led the fight for your rights for decades.

ACSS is leading the fight for:

  • Better pay
  • Better pensions
  • Fewer hiring freezes
  • Fewer furloughs
  • And much more!

We have only one goal: protecting and supporting you, our members. 

  • We sponsor and support legislation to improve your pay, benefits, pension and working conditions.
  • We oppose legislation that would adversely impact you, your career and your family.
  • We work to elect employee-friendly policy-makers who understand and value the important job you do -- and we have a highly successful win rate.

Learn more about the ACSS POLITICAL PROGRAM.

Q:What is ACSS?

The Association of California State Supervisors is the largest and most experienced organization in California fighting for better careers and compensation for state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

ACSS' primary benefits are:

  • Statewide political action for better careers and benefits
  • Direct Representation for any career rough patches
  • Monetary Benefits - Discounts on electronics, theme park tickets, sporting events, rental cars, computers, phones, group insurance, assistance services, home loans and so much more.

How will we fix the state? Our plan is simple and it works:

  • Increase ACSS voting block: More members = More constituents
  • Put excluded-employee friendly candidates in office
  • Get ACSS members in front of elected officials to tell their story
  • Hold officials accountable

ACSS is:


Learn more about ACSS