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BREAKING NEWS: Excluded Employees Receive Sweeping Salary Increases

Posted: 9/21/2016 Tags: benefits legislation representation salary Tags Views: 12736

BREAKING NEWS: Excluded Employees Receive Sweeping Salary Increases

As a result of ACSS’ relentless advocacy efforts, we are announcing a huge victory for state excluded employees. Multiple-year general salary increases for all excluded state employees have been granted and guaranteed by CalHR. ACSS has worked tirelessly in numerous productive meetings with CalHR to reach this milestone and is proud to finally bring this announcement to you.

On September 19th, 2016, CalHR released a PML memo officially informing that the following managerial, supervisory, and other excluded employee designations will receive a 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective on October 1, 2016:

  • Exempt or Managerial – M/E59/E79/E99
  • Supervisory – S/E48/E58/E78/E98
  • Confidential and otherwise excluded from bargaining – C/E67/E77/E97

In addition to the GSI, these designations will also begin equally sharing the cost of prefunding retiree healthcare benefits, also known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB). OPEB prefunding will begin on July 1, 2017 and will be phased in over a 3 year period. In addition, these designations will also receive an additional GSI on July 1, 2017, as requested by ACSS, to assist with offsetting the OPEB prefunding deductions. GSIs after 2017 will be revealed at a later date.

Excluded employees tied to the following Bargaining Units are NOT covered in this PML memo (because CalHR has already given them a separate pay letter on a previous date):

  • Bargaining Unit 2* (Attorneys and Administrative Law Judges)
  • Bargaining Unit 5 (Highway Patrol)
  • Bargaining Unit 6 (Corrections)
  • Bargaining Unit 7* (Protective Services and Public Safety)
  • Bargaining Unit 9 (Professional Engineers)
  • Bargaining Unit 10 (Professional Scientific)

*NOTE: Bargaining Unit 2 and Bargaining Unit 7 Pay Letters have not been release yet and are coming soon.

“This is a positive first step. Rest assured that ACSS is fighting to make sure excluded employees receive pay and benefit improvements that are equitable,” ACSS President Frank Ruffino commented. ACSS is advocating on your behalf for CalHR to provide salary increases for ALL of the excluded employees not addressed in this announcement. We will continue to work with CalHR to resolve the remaining issues regarding salary compaction and pay equity for excluded employees.

  >> Click here to read the full text of PML-2016-023.


Update: October 13, 2016

Pay Letter 16-20 -- CalHR Releases a Summary of revisions and updates to pay scales in regards to General Salary Increases. Specific classes are listed in detail in this Pay Letter.


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Prefunding Retirement Benefit Contributions – Implementation for S06, M06 and other Excluded Employees


On August 26, 2016, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding for supervisors and managers tied to Bargaining Unit 6 (Peace Officers).

Below are the important issues that were discussed at the meeting:

  • Excluded Employee General Salary Increases
  • Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding Implementation
  • Processing Prefunding Deductions
  • Delaying Prefunding
  • Retirement Health Benefits and Vesting for New Employees

  >> Click here to read the full text of the article.


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ACSS Quarterly Meeting with CCHCS

Posted: 8/24/2016 Tags: compaction policy representation salary Tags Views: 2593

ACSS met with the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) in Sacramento on August 12, 2016, to discuss a variety of issues affecting ACSS members:

  • Adding Safety Retirement Pay for certain classifications
  • Office Support Supervisor I upgrades
  • Seniority Watch Preference Policy for Supervising Registered Nurses II
  • Food Administrator salary compaction issues

We would like to thank the CCHCS members that provided input to ACSS prior to the meeting. Their input and feedback was important and valuable in order for ACSS to address their specific concerns. In these types of meetings, ACSS represents the voice of members and protects careers on behalf of its members.

Here is a summary of the results of this meeting…


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State Offers Rank-and-File SEIU Employees a 12 Percent Raise Over 4 Years

Posted: 8/1/2016 Tags: legislation policy politics salary Tags Views: 3756

As of July 19, 2016, the Administration was in the midst of contract negotiations with 16 out of the 21 bargaining units throughout California after most state employee contracts expired on or around July 1.

SEIU Local 1000 is currently in the process of negotiating contracts with the state over 6 different bargaining units. In a document dated July 8, the state offered SEIU rank-and-file employees a 12 percent general salary increase spread out over 4 years. However, the offer would also require a 3.5 percent increase in contributions towards prefunding retirement health benefits over that time period.

Some other details of the state’s offer to SEIU-represented employees are:

  • The state would not be able to require furloughs in the first year, but count in subsequent years.
  • An 80-hour annual cash-out would be added to vacation and annual leave benefits.
  • In addition to the general salary increase, two dozen classifications would get additional raises, the largest going to Unit 1 Actuary Series (10 %) and Licensed Vocational Nurses in Unit 20 (11.5%).

On July 30, 2016, SEIU Local 1000 released a newsletter stating that the talks had come to a crossroads and they “feel that the state’s offer does not meet the priorities [the members] shared [with the state] through town halls and bargaining surveys.” SEIU Local officials did not respond for comment.

According to Ted Toppin, Lobbyist and ACSS Legislative Correspondent, “The statutory provisions of the budget extend the 2016 pay raises – and the prefunding retiree health schedules – extend to the state supervisors and managers who are linked with the rank and file employees of each bargaining unit”.

>> Click here to read more in the article from the SacBee.


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Maintenance Workers Reject Pay Increase - Dissatisfaction Over Hefty Prefunding

Posted: 7/8/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation politics retirement salary Tags Views: 1835

On July 7, 2016, Bargaining Unit 12 Maintenance Workers (rank-and-file) rejected a pay increase agreement and authorized a strike. While the agreement proposes a ten percent increase in pay through 2019, it also requires employees to pay nearly half of the increase back toward retiree health benefits.  At this time, the impact on excluded employees (managers and supervisors) is unknown. For now, BU12 and the Employer go back to the bargaining table to discuss how much state employees should contribute to retiree health benefits.

 >>Read the full SacBee article for details...


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CalHR Releases Pay Letter for BU9 and BU10 Salary Increases

Posted: 7/7/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 2067

CalHR released the official pay letter (PL1613) that details a 5% salary increase for managerial, supervisory and other excluded classes related to Bargaining Units 9 and 10. Effective July 1, 2016, all employees in classes/ranges M09, S09, E48, E59, M10, S10 and E59 shall receive the 5 percent increase.

The pay letter also provides documentation for pay differentials in Bargaining Unit 6.

>> Download PL1613


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General Salary Increases for Bargaining Units 7, 9 & 10

Posted: 7/1/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 2926

Cal HR provided information to ACSS regarding pay increases for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Units 7 (Protective Services and Public Safety), 9 (Professional Engineers) and 10 (Professional Scientific):

  • S07 employees – 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective July 1, 2016.
  • S09 employees – 5% GSI effective July 1, 2016. In addition, certain shift differentials will also receive a $1.00 increase.
  • S10 employees – 5% GSI effective July 1, 2016.

CalHR will release official Pay Letters in the near future that contains more details of these pay increases and improvements. ACSS will continue to follow up and advocate for additional special salary adjustments for excluded employees associated with these bargaining units, in addition to advocating on behalf of excluded employees in all other bargaining units across the state.


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CalHR Releases Special Salary Adjustment for BU6

Posted: 6/14/2016 Tags: policy representation salary Tags Views: 1902

Effective June 1, 2016, CalHR released a special salary adjustment for supervisors and managers of bargaining unit 6 (corrections) and for excluded employees in classes in E97, E98, and E99.  ACSS provided  information in our May 27th blog article on this subject.  On June 13, 2016, CalHR released the official Pay Letter 1610 that outlines the specific details.

 Download PL1610


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Salary and Benefit Improvements for Excluded Employees Related to BU6 and BU10

Posted: 5/27/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits legislation salary Tags Views: 3420

The May Revise of the Governor’s Budget included some information which provides funding for several benefit and salary improvements to excluded employees related to Bargaining Units 6 and 10.

Bargaining Unit 6 - Corrections:

  • 3% General Salary Increase effective 6/1/2016 (first day pay period following ratification); 3% GDI effective July 1, 2017 and 3% GSI effective July 1, 2018.
  • PD165 Senior Peace Officer Pay Differential – 1% for each step.
  • Increase uniform allowance from $530 to $950.
  • Physical fitness included in base salary. (Effective June 1, 2016)
  • R & R increase to $2,600 and add Pelican Bay, California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prisons. (Effective June 1, 2016)
  • Housing stipend increase to $200 for Correctional Training Facility, San Quentin and Salinas Valley State Prisons. (Only applies to correctional Counselor II (Sup.))

The following additional benefit for BU 6 has been proposed and is under review by CalHR:

  • Change in definition of hours worked – allows time off for Jury Duty, Subpoenaed Witness and Military Leave to be counted as time worked for the purpose of overtime calculations.

Bargaining Unit 10 – Professional Scientific:

  • 5% General Salary Increase for July 1, 2016 is included in the proposed budget and subject to budget approval. Future years will be addressed in the context of future budget year deliberations.

The following benefits for BU 10 have been proposed and are under review by CalHR:

  • Lodging rate increases.
  • Private aircraft mileage reimbursement rate increase from $0.50 to $1.29.
  • Time off for organ and bone marrow donation.

At this time, we do not have any additional information for salary increases or benefit improvements for excluded employees related to other bargaining units. As always, ACSS strives to improve working conditions and pay for excluded employees. We will keep you informed with any new updates to salary and benefits in the future.


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