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Sen. Beall says fixing compaction is "common sense"

Posted: 3/14/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day salary Tags Views: 2071

Senator Jim Beall kicked off ACSS' 13th Annual Lobby day training by addressing salary compaction with our largest gathering of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees to date.

Sen. Beall explained why he readily agreed to sponsor ACSS' legislation to fix salary compaction - the phenomenon in which supervisors make less than those they supervise.

"It's common sense," said Beall.

"If we're going to stop the best and brightest from leaving state service, we need to pay our supervisors more than the employees they supervise."


ACSS President Arlene Espinoza with Senator Jim Beall at ACSS' annual Lobby Day training on March 12th, 2013.

Beall earned a standing ovation as he closed his speech by calling on Golden State legislators to fix compaction by voting yes on SB 216 and to recognize the "golden employees" of the state - the supervisors, managers, and confidential employees that implement programs and keep services running for the public day after day and year after year.


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Shining a light on supes who make less

Posted: 3/7/2013 Tags: compaction legislature Lobby Day membership salary Tags Views: 1906

CalHR Director Julie Chapman addressed salary compaction - the phenomenon in which supervisors earn the same or less than those they supervise - in front of the Senate Subcommittee 5 on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary today.

The Director stated that CalHR will have a list of recommendations for resolving compaction to the committee on or about June 30th of this year.

ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin thanked chair Sen. Loni Hancock and the other committee members for drawing attention to an issue that has plagued state excluded employees for years.

"The time has come to shine a light - a very bright light - on this issue and resolve it once and for all."

In an effort to raise more awareness of and support for resolving the issue, ACSS will be speaking one-on-one with dozens of legislators in the Capitol at our annual Lobby Day on March 13th.


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LAST chance to register for Lobby Day

Posted: 2/21/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1678

The deadline to register for ACSS' annual Lobby Day is TODAY - Thursday, February 21st.

Not only will we train you before you meet with legislators, we'll also cover ACSS members' travel costs and give you a free hotel room at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Register now, and make sure to indicate if you need:

  • A hotel room for the night before Lobby Day (March 12th.)
  • A complimentary official ACSS shirt (all attendees wear official ACSS shirts)



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Lobby Day deadline

Posted: 2/19/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1584

The deadline to register for ACSS' annual Lobby Day is this Thursday, February 21st.

Not only will we train you before you meet with legislators, we'll also cover ACSS members' travel costs and give you a free hotel room at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Register now, and make sure to indicate if you need a hotel room for the night before Lobby Day (March 12th.)



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Hotel/travel costs for Lobby Day? We've got you covered.

Posted: 1/17/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1447

Did you know that we'll cover the cost of Lobby Day travel and lodging for ACSS members?

We're making it easier than ever for hundreds of supervisors and managers to attend our annual event, in which we sit down face to face with legislators and tell them how their decisions impact us, the state's most skilled and dedicated employees.

Not only will we train you before you meet with legislators, we'll also cover your travel costs and give you a free hotel room at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.

Register now, and make sure to indicate if you need a hotel room for March 12th.



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Lobby Day registration open

Posted: 1/4/2013 Tags: legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1353

This March supervisors, managers, and confidential employees from all over California will gather in Sacramento and march on the Capitol to fight against attacks on our livelihood.

Lobby Day is our chance to sit down with legislators and tell our stories. To tell those in power how their decisions affect us, and to tell them how they can better meet our needs and protect our careers. Lobby Day is our chance to work together to show California how important state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees truly are.

The more of us that show up, the more impactful our message will be. Don't be left behind. Register to attend Lobby Day now!


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Looking back on Lobby Day 2012

Posted: 11/29/2012 Tags: health legislature Lobby Day pension Tags Views: 1652

As we begin preparations for Lobby Day 2013, it's time to look back and reflect on the success of last year's event.

Each year, hundreds of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees join together at the Capitol and talk with legislators face-to-face. It's a chance to put a human face on the issues that we so desperately need resolved.

Issues like pay inequity, pension attacks, health and safety concerns, and more.

There is no greater opportunity for new or returning legislators to hear how the decisions they make on the senate or assembly floor really impact state excluded employees.

Head over to www.acss.org/LobbyDay to see photos and reflections from last year's event.


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Holding politicians accountable starts with you

Posted: 11/16/2012 Tags: benefits election legislature Lobby Day Tags Views: 1524

In this General Election, California state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees helped put more than 50 legislators in office who have pledged to lend their support to our most crucial issues.

Issues like supervisors making less than the employees they supervise.

We're not going to fix all of our problems in one year, but 2013 is a key year for ACSS political action.

And it all starts with you.

In the coming weeks, we'll be posting information about and opening online registration for Lobby Day 2013. Lobby Day is your chance to sit down face to face with your elected officials and hold them accountable for the promises they made on the campaign trail. It's your chance to get involved in the fight for better careers and benefits, and after all the attacks we've faced this year, we're going to need a big turnout to make an impression.

Stay tuned, and get ready to fight for your rights!


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ACSS helps strike down Prop 32

Posted: 11/9/2012 Tags: election legislature membership Tags Views: 1757

The fight to strike down Prop. 32 was long and difficult, but state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees can rest easy - for the moment - knowing that their voice will continue to ring throughout the halls of the Capitol.

Like many of you, ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino said he was "exhausted" at the end of the General Election. "But I'm also excited, proud, and hopeful," he continued.

"This was not just a victory for ACSS, it was a grassroots victory for good government and the future of public service in our state."

Ruffino said he was counting on ACSS members to push ahead in the coming year.

"In 2013 we need to work with returning and newly elected legislators to push for respect, fairness, and appreciation for state supervisors and managers. It's been a long time coming."


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Californians feel pension reform went too far

Posted: 10/5/2012 Tags: governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1863

1 in 5 Californians feels that the Legislature's newly implemented cuts to state employee pensions "went too far", according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by the University of Southern California and the L.A. Times, saw about 33% of respondents state that this round of pension attacks was "a good balance".

Gov. Brown claimed that the drastic cuts to the pension system, including raising the retirement age and employees' contribution rates, were not enough, and he has pledged to renew his assault on your modest benefits.


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