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Your ACSS Political Action Committee … in Action!

Posted: 10/3/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3943

Posted: 10/3/2014

From left, Frank Ruffino, Ling-Ling Chang and Todd D’Braunstein at a fundraiser luncheon for Chang, (AD 55 Candidate) at Hock Farm Craft & Provisions Restaurant in Sacramento.

This week Frank Ruffino (VP of Governmental Affairs) and Todd D’Braunstein (VP of Membership Development) met with candidates and political leaders to discuss the issues facing ACSS members and to support these candidates in their campaigns. It is candidates like these that understand ACSS’ issues and will fight to protect your career, your compensation, and your benefits. 

Support the PAC by contributing now!

Also, don’t forget to volunteer today to help ACSS-endorsed candidates get elected to these critical seats.

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ACSS’ Political Program Needs YOU! Volunteer today to help ACSS-Endorsed Candidates.

Posted: 10/2/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3963

Posted: 10/2/2014

Volunteer NOW! ACSS Needs your help to win these critical Senate and Assembly seats.

Are you tired of hearing negative spin about state employees from elected officials?

Are you tired of seeing your livelihood attacked one after another at the polls?

Now you can be part of the solution by volunteering to help ACSS-Endorsed Candidates win these critical election seats. With less than 35 days until the November election, every vote is so important.  It is crucial that our candidates win these Senate and Assembly seats to have elected officials in office that support ACSS’ issues. Even an hour of your time per week can make a world of difference on Election Day. ACSS’ Political Action Committee and our Endorsed Candidates urge you to stand up and make a difference by volunteering!

Please contact one or several of the following candidates to volunteer.  Let’s move to victory – help ACSS by volunteering NOW!

Elect Betty Yee for Controller, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Jose Solorio for Senate, Bonnie Garcia for Senate, Marc Steinorth for Assembly, Tim Sbranti for Assembly, Connie Leyva for Senate, and re-elect Sharon Quick-Silva to the Assembly.

Thank you so much for your support and help!
Frank P. Ruffino
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, ACSS
Contact Frank Ruffino at acss@acss.org.

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ACSS Mentioned in the Sacramento Bee About SB 216

Posted: 10/1/2014 Tags: ACSS In The News compaction governor legislature politics salary Tags Views: 3565

Posted: 10/1/2014

Jerry Brown vetoes state pay and seniority shift-preference bills

Sacramento Bee | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Association of State Supervisors sponsored the measure and lobbied lawmakers for two years, said Rocco Paternoster, the group’s executive director. When the Legislature sent the bill to Brown without a single dissenting vote, the supervisors hoped the governor would be convinced to sign it...


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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Brown Vetoes SB 216

Posted: 9/30/2014 Tags: compaction governor legislature politics salary Tags Views: 5077

Posted: 9/30/2014

In a letter to members of the California State Senate, Governor Brown returned SB 216 without his signature. Brown agrees that salary compaction is a serious issue that hurts managerial-level employees and must be dealt with, but he chose not to sign this bill because he believes that SB 216 is not the best method to resolve the problem of compaction at this time. In his veto letter, he states that he understands that the intent of this bill is to ensure that the salaries for managerial employees are higher than the employees they supervise. His administration has made progress on this issue within the past 12 months and will continue to meet with ACSS to discuss compaction issues.

ACSS has worked hard for over 15 years on the issue to resolve compaction. We have discussed compaction with several California governors and their administrations. These dialogs have bore little fruit as various administrations have consistently placed other interest and other state employees before supervisors and managers. While the Brown Administration has addressed one or two instances of compaction these efforts are too few and far between.

ACSS is pleased to see the Governor’s statement that his administration will continue to discuss compaction issues with us. However ACSS and state excluded employees do not want or deserve another 15 years of circular discussion and inaction.

Our next meeting with CalHR is on October 6th, 2014. ACSS continues to commit to resolving the issue of salary compaction faced by its members and, as always, will continue to inform you on progress with these efforts.

Click here to view the veto letter from the Governor.


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ACSS meets with Senator Beall and Senate Candidate Jose Solorio

Posted: 8/28/2014 Tags: compaction legislature Tags Views: 3302

Photo Credit: Lou Delgado
From left to right: Frank Ruffino, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs; Connie Boardman, Huntington Beach City Councilwoman; Senate Candidate Jose Solorio; and Sen. and Mrs. Jim Beall, author of ACSS-sponsored bill SB 216

ACSS meets with senate hopeful Jose Solorio and State Sen. Jim Beall about compaction and ACSS role in state government. Jose is an individual with the experience needed to create positive solutions for California.


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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: 2366

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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ACSS Chapter 513 meets with Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

Posted: 7/25/2014 Tags: legislature politics Tags Views: 2018

Photo Credit: Michael Hadland
From left to right: Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, ACSS Vice President for Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino and Chapter 513 President Arlene Ryan.

ACSS meets and greet Assemblymember Rocky Chavez at his Club 76 event at the Oceanside Harbor. He spoke on the current political atmosphere in SAcramento and his role as a first term Assembly Legislator. Assembly member Chavez has an extensive background as a Marine Colonel, Oceanside City Councilmember, and former California Secretary on Veterans Affairs. ACSS spoke to him about compaction and ACSS role in state government. Rocky is an individual with the experience needed to create positive solutions for California, said Frank Ruffino, ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs.

 


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Frank Ruffino attends the JFK Awards for the LA County Democratic Party

Posted: 6/12/2014 Tags: legislature Tags Views: 2060

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Frank Ruffino (ACSS Board Member and VP of Governmental Affairs) poses with the honorable Fiona Ma (former assemblywoman and candidate for the Board of Equalization) along with ACSS members at the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's JFK Awards reception.

From left to right: Chapter 511 Treasurer Joseph Aiu; Chapter 511 Vice President Angel Ramsey; ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino, The Honorable Fiona Ma; ACSS Board Member Dolores Weeks; ACSS Vice President of Membership Todd D'Braunstein; and Chapter 511 President Maria Suarez.


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More ACSS-endorsed candidates

Posted: 5/19/2014 Tags: election legislature Tags Views: 1575

The California Primary Election is June 3, 2014 - just 2 weeks away.

Your ACSS Legislative Committee and Board of Directors has been carefully interviewing and evaluating dozens of candidates from around the state to help present a guide to the candidates who are most likely to meet our needs as state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

We've listed all of our endorsed candidates in one convenient location, sorted by geographical area. We'll continue to update the list through the Primary and General Elections as we endorse more candidates.


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Gov. Brown calls for review of Rainy Day Fund

Posted: 4/16/2014 Tags: budget election governor legislature Tags Views: 2102

As part of his continuing commitment to pay down California's massive "Wall of Debt," Governor Brown convened a special session of the Legislature to address the state's Rainy Day Fund.

The governor is asking legislators to revise a ballot measure that would divert additional funding to the Rainy Day account and would increase restrictions on how the funding can be used. The measure would require the funds to predominantly be used for natural emergencies, such as wildfires. Brown is urging California's elected officials to consider the use of funds to used to respond to fiscal emergencies as well.


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