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Think this election doesn't matter? Think again.

Posted: 4/1/2014 Tags: election legislature Lobby Day membership salary Tags Views: 5652

AD 40 Candidate Marc Steinorth (left), ACSS Legislative Committee Chair Richard Synder, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino, Assemblymember Scott Wilk, and ACSS VP of Membership Development Todd D'Braunstein

As the 2014 primary election draws closer, ACSS leaders have stepped up their review of assembly and senate candidates to find the best potential advocates for state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.


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Slideshow - Lobby Day 2014

Posted: 3/21/2014 Tags: budget governor Lobby Day salary Tags Views: 3032

ACSS' 14th annual Lobby Day was a great success.

With a record turnout, the stage was set to continue our goal of resolving salary compaction once and for all.

Thanks to the efforts of state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees just like you, our elected officials are finally addressing this inexcusable issue - our staff making more than us - that has plagued us for so long.

Thanks to your hard work - and the dillgence of ACSS leaders who have met and discussed the issue with Gov. Brown and his administration for the past few years - there is an historical line item in the governor's revised budget that attempts to resolve salary compaction for the first time.

ACSS' model of improving your career works because we give you the tools to get in front of your elected officials and hold them accountable.

Click the photo above to see a slideshow of the day's events, and mark your calendars for next year's annual lobbying event on March 11, 2015.


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ACSS talks compaction with Governor Brown

Posted: 3/20/2014 Tags: budget governor salary Tags Views: 2459

ACSS Vice President of Governmental Affairs Frank Ruffino sat down with Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Brown to discuss salary compaction and the governor's future plans for California.

For the first time, the governor's budget includes earmarked funds - $98.6 million - to begin rectifying the long standing issue of salary compaction.

Ruffino called the historic funds "a positive first step" and called on Gov. Brown to continue his dedication to end the harmful practice of paying supervisors and managers less than their staff.

"I'm encouraged that you've started changing the culture in the Capitol toward supervisors and managers," said Ruffino.

"There's no rush, Governor," joked Ruffino, "we've only been dealing with this issue for about 14 years."


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LAO calls for greater compaction fix

Posted: 3/7/2014 Tags: budget governor legislature salary Tags Views: 2443

In its report on the Governor's proposed 2014-15 budget, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) calls on the Brown Administration to take additional action to resolve the salary compaction crisis plaguing state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees.

The report notes that there has not been a "consistent or coordinated process" to analyze the extent of the issue.

Furthermore, the LAO notes that though the proposed budget attempts to fix the problem for identified classifications the Administration "would need to review managerial and supervisorial classifications and propose pay increases for affected managerial state workers beyond what is proposed in the 2014-15 budget."

ACSS has been working extensively for the past few years with CalHR and the legislature to end salary compaction.

Senate Bill 216 - sponsored by ACSS - had unanimous support through the Senate in 2013 and is currently pending review by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Our bill would maintain the State's recommended 10% pay differential between supervisors and managers and their staff, and would establish a consistent process to analyze and identify current and emerging compaction issues.


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Little Hoover: State still not competitive

Posted: 2/28/2014 Tags: governor salary Tags Views: 2199

A report released on Feb. 27 by the Little Hoover Commission has detailed key areas that have fallen behind in Gov. Brown's reorganization effort, including the State's continuing recruitment and retention issues.

Though the Commission have covered the issue of salary compaction and its negative impact on retaining a skilled workforce, this report focuses instead on maze-like hiring practices, excess classifications, and lateral transfers.

Though the Commission's report finds many areas that are still in need of improvement after the merger of DPA and SPB into CalHR, special note is made of CalHR's expanded training efforts and successful physical merger.

Read the full report for additional details.


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Sudden change in CalHR leadership

Posted: 2/27/2014 Tags: budget legislature salary Tags Views: 3136


Former CalHR Director Julie Chapman (left) and Acting CalHR Director Richard Gillihan

CalHR Director Julie Chapman will be retiring immediately, effective as of close of business Friday, Feb. 28th, as announced in a press release on Feb. 27th by CalGovOpps Secretary Marybel Batjer. Deputy Director Howard Schwartz will be stepping down as well.

Department of Finance Program Budget Manager Richard Gillihan will step in as acting director of CalHR. CalHR Labor Relations Assistant Deputy Director Pam Manwiller will act as interim deputy director.

As excluded employees rely on the Legislature and CalHR to set their compensation and working conditions, any time there is a shift in leadership we are presented with the potential for new gains and new losses.

ACSS will continue working with our existing and new contacts at CalHR to maintain and improve their response to excluded employee needs throughout this transition.


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Did you register for Lobby Day yet?

Posted: 2/11/2014 Tags: benefits Lobby Day membership salary Tags Views: 1871

The deadline to register for our annual lobbying event is drawing near.

We'll provide accomodations, training, and even reimburse ACSS members who wish to attend and register prior to the February 20th deadline.

If you're ready to take a stand for better salaries, benefits, and working conditions for state supervisors, managers, and confidential employees, this is a great way to get involved.


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SCIF tightens security with new measures

Posted: 2/7/2014 Tags: insurance salary Tags Views: 2050

Referencing recent data thefts at Target and Neiman Marcus, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) has revised its internal security policies.

SCIF will be introducing several new security measures, including a new notice that users will have to acknowledge and agree to every time they log into their workstations.

There are also to key new additions to SCIF's Information Security policy:

  • Prohibiting the use of State Fund computer systems for transmission of private information for non-business purposes, including your own.
  • Each Workforce member's responsibility to protect operation information (such as pricing models and adjusting procedures) intended solely for internal use by State Fund's workforce.

Finally, SCIF has announced that it will be developing its infrastructure and business practices in compliance with the "Privacy by Design" model.

Concerned that SCIF's new security policies may have an impact on your career?
Contact ACSS Senior Labor Relations Representative Nellie D. Lynn at nlynn@calcsea.org


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President Espinoza and Gov. Brown discuss state supes

Posted: 1/31/2014 Tags: governor salary Tags Views: 1913

ACSS President Arlene Espinoza sat down to discuss the state's most dedicated and experienced employees with Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Brown at a private dinner this week.

Throughout her two terms, President Espinoza has prioritized working closely with Gov. Brown's administration to resolve issues that have plagued excluded employees for years, particularly salary compaction.

Gov. Brown said that he has "learned quite a lot" about what state supervisors and managers do for California, and that he "appreciates experience" now more than ever.

During the dinner, President Espinoza led a toast in the governor's honor, thanking him for his work in turning around California's economy.

Read more about the dinner in President Espinoza's personal reflection on the event.


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CalPERS earns 16.2% in 2013

Posted: 1/28/2014 Tags: pension salary Tags Views: 1899

Exceeding its projected growth, CalPERS has earned a return of 16.2% in 2013, a new report shows.

The 2013 Performance Summary details the gains, which CalPERS notes occured mainly due to better than expected performance in "stock, private equity and real estate portfolios."

Starting to think about your retirement?

Check out CalPERS' upcoming Retirement Planning Fairs for helpful info and resources.


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