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In Inaugural Speech, Governor Brown Proposes Pension Pre-funding

Posted: 1/6/2015 Tags: budget governor pension politics retirement Tags Views: 3032

Posted: 1/6/2015

As has been much reported, the Governor will propose that state employees begin pre-funding of state retiree healthcare in his budget to be released on Friday at 10 a.m. In his inaugural State of the State speech on January 5, 2015, he makes only a vague reference to the issue. The Governor mentions in his speech, “For the next effort, I intend to ask our state employees to help start pre-funding our retiree health obligations which are rising rapidly.” More details will be available on Friday, but we are told the issue will be subject to collective bargaining. Unfortunately this puts supervisors in a difficult position and potentially affects supervisors by having more money taken from paychecks to fund pensions. ACSS will be intervening on this process on behalf of its members.

ACSS will continue to inform you on progress with this issue and bring to light the news that is important to you as managers, supervisors and confidential state employees.


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“Stubborn, Persistent” Mayor Chuck Reed Attacks Pensions Once Again

Posted: 11/19/2014 Tags: pension politics Tags Views: 3204

Posted: 11/19/2014

It is unfortunate news to ACSS that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is once again ramping up his unreasonable efforts to attack pensions in statewide initiatives planned for 2016.

CalPERS comments that changes to the pension benefit levels should be determined by the employer and the employees, not at the ballot box. It is painful for unions and workers that local governments move motions based on the special interests that paid them to get them in office.

Reed argues that the number of CalPERS retirees with six-figure pensions has tripled since 2006 and pension debt for local governments is expected to increase by as much as fifty percent over the next five years. Reed contends that something has to give. Reed says, “For me, it is unfinished business. I am stubborn, persistent, whatever you want to call it.”

Reed mentions that the retirees are the folks that should have the least impact because they are already retired. And he goes on to focus fiscal pension reform on current employees because they have the most capacity to earn. “The younger employees understand that it’s something that’s not sustainable and they are the ones who are going to get hurt.” says Reed.

What are your thoughts on this issue as supervisors, managers and excluded employees? Comment on this article.


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Election Results for ACSS-Endorsed Candidates

Posted: 11/5/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3355

Posted: 11/5/2014

ACSS congratulates all of the ACSS-Endorsed candidates' efforts and thanks all who supported these candidates during their campaigns.  ACSS-Endorsed candidates won 90% of the races with a total of 70 wins and 8 losses*. For complete details of each race, visit the Secretary of State Semi-Official Election Results page.

*As of 11/5/2014 @ 12:00pm

70 WINS  |  8 LOSSES

>> Read more for win/loss details...


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Don't Forget to Vote on Tuesday, Nov 4!

Posted: 10/30/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 2714

Posted: 10/30/2014

On Tuesday, November 4th, mark your calendar to go to the poll booths and vote! (Or, if you are voting by mail, make sure to drop off your ballot at an appropriate drop off facility.) Your vote is your voice.  It's your opportunity to be heard, to hold elective officials accountable for their decisions, and to have a say in important issues that affect your community.  Lets make sure that November 4th is a victory for our ACSS-Endorsed Candidates. Our thanks to those that have volunteered and supported these candidates in their critical races. 

On Election Day, every vote matters!


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Every Vote Counts! Election Day is Approaching Fast…

Posted: 10/24/2014 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 4076

Posted: 10/24/2014

With the Elections right around the corner, on November 4, there is very little time left to prepare for the election and help ACSS-Endorsed candidates in your area. Every vote counts!

 

Vote By Mail

Early voting in the General Election has begun! Your ballot should have arrived in your mailbox. If you vote by mail, please help all of the ACSS endorsed candidates by filling your ballot completely and mailing it in as soon as possible.The last date to register to vote in this November 4th election has already passed. However, registered voters have until TUESDAY OCTOBER 28th to request a mail ballot. Please don't be an ABSENT ABSENTEE voter. If you have received your mail ballot, do NOT forget to fill it out and return it ASAP.

Candidate Endorsements and the PAC

ACSS-Endorsed candidates can be found at on our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. We have categorized the candidates by location and provided their contact website to make it easy for you to help candidates in your area. The most critical candidate seats that need your help are listed in this recent ACSS blog article.  Supporting these candidates and donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) are simple things that you can do to ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Salary compaction
  • Pension protection
  • Fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees
  • And more!

Your Vote Matters!

As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Also, you can take a look at the California 2014 Voter Guide for good information on the propositions and all the candidates. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!


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Hurry! 10/28 is the Deadline to Request a Vote By Mail Ballot.

Posted: 10/23/2014 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 3503

Posted: 10/23/2014

Any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day. California law also allows any registered voter to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter. To request a vote-by-mail ballot for one election or to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, follow the simple process described at the Secretary of State website.

Registered voters have until TUESDAY OCTOBER 28th to request a mail ballot. If you have received your mail ballot, do NOT forget to fill it out and return it ASAP. Please help all of the ACSS endorsed candidates by filling your ballot completely and mailing it in as soon as possible.


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ACSS encourages you to Get Out The Vote!

Posted: 10/21/2014 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 2457

Posted: 10/21/2014

Election Day is on November 4th!

Our ACSS Political Committee members have been meeting with key candidates and political leaders to discuss the issues facing ACSS members and to support these candidates in their campaigns. More than ever, we need YOUR help to support these important candidates.

Help get ACSS endorsed candidates across the finish line in these critical seats on the November 4th Election!

You can help by:

  • Canvassing
  • Signing up voters
  • Telephoning
  • Literature dropping
  • ... and more!

Click here for a list of ACSS-Endorsed candidates in need of your support and the locations of where you can help.


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Support Connie Leyva for Senate! (SD20)

Posted: 10/14/2014 Tags: election legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 3430

Posted: 10/14/2014

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza with Connie Leyva (for Senate SD20) at the ACSS Board of Director's meeting on September 20, 2014 in Ontario, CA.

ACSS' Political Program is in full swing due to the upcoming elections on November 4th. During the ACSS Board of Director's meeting in September 2014, ACSS was delighted to have Connie Leyva appear as a guest speaker.  Leyva knows and understands the struggles facing State Supervisors.  In 1995, she became a Union Representative and 7 years later, went on to become the first woman president of a UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) local union in Southern California. Leyva's leadership in the labor movement and her dedication to worker’s rights has made her committed to working toward fair pay and better working conditions with her time and resources.  ACSS knows that Leyva will stand up for the rights of supervisors, managers and other excluded employees.

Support Connie Leyva and other ACSS-endorsed candidates by volunteering now in this critical seat for Senate District 20.  Or email connieleyvaforsenate@gmail.com.


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ACSS PAC supports Tim Sbranti, running for AD 16 seat

Posted: 10/9/2014 Tags: legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 2497

Posted: 10/9/2014

October 5th, Frank Ruffino (VP of Governmental Affairs) and PAC Chairman Reynold Roth attended Tim Sbrantis’ Bocce Birthday Bash fundraiser at the Roundhill country Club to support his run for the AD16 Assembly seat. They are pictured here with the current the AD16 assembly member, Joan Buchanan, who will be termed out this year. Joan gave Sbranti her full endorsement, noting his experience as an educator and background in local government were a great fit for this district. Like Joan we expect Tim Sbranti to be a great advocate for ACSS. If you have some time to volunteer see Frank Ruffino’s 10/2/14 post on our website and find out how you can help in this or one of the other critical elections seats we are targeting.

To help out and volunteer for Tim Sbranti's campaign, contact Calvin Sherwood, Sbranti's Volunteer Coordinator, at (925) 212-7915.


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ACSS meets with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

Posted: 10/8/2014 Tags: legislature PAC politics Tags Views: 2417

Posted: 10/8/2014

On September 12th, Executive Vice President Elnora Fretwell and Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino, attended an event for Lt. Gov. Newsom.  They were able to talk one-on-one with Newsom and share our goals for ACSS, it was encouraging to know that he knew about ACSS and was willing to work with us. Having served as a Supervisor in his previous employment experience, Newsom understands Labor and the struggles that we have as Supervisors, Managers and Excluded employees.


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