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ACSS endorses Solorio for District 34

Posted: 9/30/2013 Tags: legislature Tags Views: 1654

ACSS has officially endorsed Jose Solorio (at left with ACSS President Arlene Espinoza) for Senate District 34.

Mr. Solorio, a former California Assemblymember and current Rancho Santiago Community College Trustee, recently addressed a packed room at the ACSS Q3 board meeting in Costa Mesa.

As the next senator for District 34, Mr. Solorio has pledged to work with ACSS to correct the State's longstanding neglect of its supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

The newly redrawn District 34 includes all or parts of the communities of Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Westminster.


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Pending bill would exempt transit pensions

Posted: 9/10/2013 Tags: governor legislature pension Tags Views: 2084

In a bid to retain federal funding for California's transit systems, Gov. Brown is expected to soon sign an emergency bill to exempt state transit workers from his pension reform program.

Assembly Bill 1222, authored by Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), will exempt mass transit workers from Gov. Brown's California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). If the Legislature and Governor fail to pass AB 1222, California stands to lose $1.6 billion in federal grant funding for 2013 alone.

Due to the time-sensitive nature of the situation AB 1222 has been introduced as an "urgency" measure. AB 1222 needs two-thirds support in the Assembly and Senate, as well as Gov. Brown's signature, to take effect immediately.


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New secretary of CalGovOps confirmed

Posted: 8/28/2013 Tags: governor legislature pension salary Tags Views: 1885


Photo courtesy of CalGovOps, via Facebook

The Senate Rules Committee has officially confirmed Governor Brown's appointee Marybel Batjer (above left) as the head of the newly created Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps).

CalGovOps, created as part of Gov. Brown's government reorganization project, will oversee 8 departments, including CalPERS, DGS, the Department of Technology, and CalHR.

During the confirmation hearing, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) asked Secretary Batjer how she intended to keep California competitive and to bring in skilled workers in light of the looming increase in retirements.

Ms. Batjer responded that she would be working closely with CalHR's newly developed Workforce Planning Unit to determine how to make state employment more desirable to "twenty-somethings" by, among other things, investigating alternatives to "sitting in an office for 8 hours a day."

Now that her confirmation is official, ACSS will be meeting with Secretary Batjer to discuss the crucial role that salary compaction plays in the State's difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.


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Anti-compaction bill on hold

Posted: 8/27/2013 Tags: governor legislature salary Tags Views: 2226

After passing through the Senate with nearly unanimous bipartisan support, ACSS' anti-compaction bill - SB 216 - is currently in the “suspense” file in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is standard procedure for bills that have a cost associated with them; however, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster notes that SB 216 is not without opposition:

"[SB 216] is facing strong opposition from the Department of Finance (as directed by the Governor). ACSS continues to aggressively press the importance of resolving salary compaction with the legislature; CalHR; the Governor’s Office and will be discussing the matter with Marybel Batjer who is up for confirmation as the Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency this Wednesday."

Mr. Paternoster continues, regarding SB 216's future:

"SB 216 is a two-year bill and is viable up to July 2014.  ACSS will continue to advocate passage and signing of this bill but will also continue to advocate at all levels so that the issue of compaction is fully understood and rectified."


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DMV supes to get 7.5% raise

Posted: 8/7/2013 Tags: legislature salary Tags Views: 1486

After years of neglect, more than 1,100 supervisors and managers at the DMV are on track to receive a 7.5% raise in a bid to help correct salary compaction.

Your ACSS has confirmed that the 7.5% raise will be on top of the 3% top step raise that went into effect as of July 1.

According to CalHR the new raise is still pending legislative review, therefore "an exact date cannot be provided as to when staff will receive the increases, however the 7.5% adjustments will be effective as of July 1, 2013."

For more information, including the impacted classifications, see CalHR's official notice.


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LAO recommends supervisor raises

Posted: 6/28/2013 Tags: bargaining legislature salary Tags Views: 1847

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has released their financial analysis of the tentative bargaining agreement with SEIU Local 1000, and has recommended a "me too" raise for supervisors, managers, and confidential employees to avoid further salary compaction.

The LAO analysis estimates the total cost of the raises outlined in the Local 1000 bargaining agreement at roughly $308 million over three years.

A separate analysis aimed at mitigating salary compaction estimates the cost of extending rank and file raises to supervisors, managers, and confidential employees at an additional $118 million over three years.


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ACSS salary fix passes Assembly PERS committee

Posted: 6/27/2013 Tags: legislature pension salary Tags Views: 1452

On June 26th the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security passed ACSS' anti-compaction bill with a bi-partisan 6-0 vote.

ACSS' bill - SB 216 - originally cleared the Senate with unanimous bi-partisan support (38-0).

SB 216 sponsor Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) explained how the bill would solve the State's longstanding problem of salary compaction - the phenomena by which supervisors often make less than those they supervise. Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), a former City of Los Angeles employee, spoke about the difficulties in recruiting the best and brightest to supervisory positions when the pay isn't suffiicent to take on the responsibility.

ACSS' bill will now move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We anticipate some resistance due to the Department of Finance's large price tag on the bill and are meeting with the Governor's office to stress the importance of a longterm solution to protect the State's most experienced and dedicated employees.


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CalHR still uncertain on "me too" provisions

Posted: 6/19/2013 Tags: bargaining legislature salary Tags Views: 2015

Even though state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees are excluded from the collective bargaining process by law, your ACSS is working with CalHR to determine how they will apply the provisions of the rank and file bargaining agreements to excluded employees.

Prior administrations have extended rank and file bargaining agreements to excluded employees in so called "me too" agreements, but the livelihoods of the State's most skilled and dedicated employees are usually not addressed until after all of the rank and file agreements are finalized.

ACSS is pushing for a change to this unwritten policy - both with our current anti-compaction bill and ongoing talks with CalHR.

CalHR Excluded Employee Labor Relations Officer Stephen Booth said that although it is the current administration's policy to not "disadvantage supervisory employees," he cannot guarantee that the same pay package in the rank and file agreements will be extended to excluded employees.

Your ACSS will continue to work with CalHR and the Legislature to ensure that their responsibility in setting excluded employee compensation is met.


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ACSS anti-compaction bill moves ahead

Posted: 6/17/2013 Tags: legislature pension salary Tags Views: 1703

ACSS' anti-compaction bill - SB 216 - has taken another step forward to rectifying the phenomena in which state supervisors often make less than those they supervise.

The Assembly Standing Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security has set a hearing date of Wednesday, June 26th for SB 216, which would require the State to maintain its recommended 10% differential between supervisors and their employees or provide a detailed report when they are unable to do so for financial reasons.


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DSH budget changes

Posted: 6/14/2013 Tags: budget governor health legislature Tags Views: 2059

As the budget process finalizes, your ACSS is tracking key changes that may impact state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees in the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).

In his original 2013 budget proposal, Gov. Brown called for the reduction of staff at Vacaville and Salinas facilites and the activation of the new Stockton California Health Care Facility. In his May budget revise; however, Gov. Brown had proposed eight different changes to his original DSH budget, including adding positions at Vacaville and Salinas facilities.


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