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Vacancies Filled and Issues Discussed at ACSS Board Meeting in Sacramento

Posted: 9/29/2021 Tags: Board Meeting compaction meeting policy salary Tags Views: 242

On September 11, 2021, ACSS held an in-person Board of Directors meeting in at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. The first order of business was to fill two vacancies on the ACSS Board of Directors, and a vacancy for a Chapter President. Amal Kattan-Handal was Nominated by Chapter 503 President Jim Teahan and confirmed as the new Board Member for Chapter 503 (Sacramento area). Bret Blaydes was confirmed as the new Board Member for Chapter 509 (Southern Central Valley area). Nicole Stewart was confirmed as President of Chapter 507 (South Bay Area and Monterey). ACSS President Todd D’Braunstein swore in the new Board Members and Chapter Officer by reciting the Oath of Office.

The Board of Directors reviewed information from the PAC/Legislative Committee, the President’s Forum, and other Association business. They discussed the new roll out of virtual Chapter Zoom meetings as a new method of communication. So far, three virtual Chapter meetings have successfully occurred and ACSS plans to continue scheduling virtual meetings as an effective way to conduct Chapter business.

ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Gerald James discussed the many achievements and efforts of the Representation Program that have helped ACSS Members. Throughout the pandemic, ACSS has continued to meet with CalHR to review many long-standing salary inequity issues, address salary compaction and to provide salary proposals and supporting information to CalHR. In spring of 2021, ACSS fought for Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 19 (Health and Social Services/Professionals) while Unit 19 was at the bargaining table. Because of ACSS’ advocacy on behalf of supervisors and managers, some classes will receive an 8% SSA, which is the highest salary adjustment for classes related to Unit 19.

Gerald James also talked about the end of the Personal Leave Program salary reductions, which ACSS heavily advocated for and puts more money back into the pockets of ACSS members. Contrary to previous practices and at ACSS’ request, CalHR confirmed the end of the PLP Program and confirmed salary increases for excluded employees in writing to ACSS in mid-June 2021, before official “Pay Letters” went out. In prior years excluded employees had to wait for the state budget to be signed and the pay letters to issue in mid-July. This is proof that CalHR Director Eraina Ortega and Chief Deputy of Labor Relations Paul Starkey are willing to listen to ACSS and to change the status quo for the benefit of ACSS Members. There is still much work to do, but the relationship between CalHR and ACSS will ensure the long-standing issues are fairly evaluated and resolved for the benefit of ACSS Members.

Salary compaction issues remain in many classifications and ACSS continues to fight for equitable pay on behalf of ACSS Members. Among the ACSS proposals being evaluated by CalHR, the most egregious salary compaction classes in need of resolving are within the CDPH Health Facilities Evaluator Classes, Food Service Supervisors, and the Program Director, Program Assistant and Unit Supervisors classes at the Department of State Hospitals and California Correctional Health Care Services.

ACSS continues to fight for special salary adjustment increases for Right-of-Way Agents, Transportation Planners, and Environmental Planners at Caltrans. In addition, we are advocating for safety retirement for Nursing Consultants and reorganizing classifications for Department of Developmental Services for Peace Officers.

Talks between ACSS and CalHR include the teleworking policies and related stipends and vaccine mandates and testing. ACSS and CalHR meet on a quarterly basis and as needed between those standing meetings to discuss and resolve issues that affect ACSS Members. As always, ACSS will keep you informed on policy changes and important issues that affect our Members and all excluded employees.


Bret Blaydes (Chapter 509 Board Member) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


Amal Kattan-Handal (Chapter 503 Board Member) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


Nicole Stewart (Chapter 507 President) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


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Support Governor Newsom in the fight against the recall

Posted: 8/13/2021 Tags: benefits compaction election pension politics Tags Views: 408

ACSS supports Governor Newsom in the fight against the recall and we encourage a vote against it in the upcoming recall election. It is important for ACSS Members to take action this September to ensure that we retain a leader in office that will protect you and your best interests.

Governor Newsom supports ACSS in efforts to resolve compaction for excluded employees. He and his administration have consistently worked with ACSS to identify egregious salary disparities between supervisors over those they supervise and minimize pay inequity. Through quarterly meetings with CalHR, ACSS and the Newsom Administration have worked through these compaction issues on a case-by-case basis and attempted to resolve them for the benefit of members. If an exchange of power occurred where the current Administration staff became replaced, the gains we have made to reverse compaction may be lost or minimized.

In addition, Newsom and his administration have worked closely with ACSS to make vital gains in protecting and preserving pensions. If Newsom is recalled, your hard-earned pension may be threatened. Newsom has listened to ACSS on behalf of members and has worked diligently to ensure that State workers retain and receive their rightful pensions.

As the recall election approaches, expect to see more communications from ACSS regarding this issue. We stand by Governor Newsom and we strongly encourage ACSS members to do the same to ensure your rights, pension, and best interests are protected.


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Ongoing ACSS Meetings with CalHR Result in Gains, Progress, and Benefits for Members

Posted: 3/26/2021 Tags: benefits compaction COVID-19 legislation policy salary Tags Views: 2816

Throughout the pandemic, ACSS has been meeting regularly with CalHR on a quarterly basis and more frequently, as needed. ACSS has been at the forefront of action, working closely with CalHR and the Newsom Administration by providing proposals on behalf of ACSS Members prior to the rank-and-file bargaining talks leading to the personal leave program and preceding the negotiation of new labor contracts. ACSS has a proven success record and we continue to make progress advocating on behalf of Members during these trying and unprecedented times.

On March 16 and 19, 2021, ACSS met with CalHR Chief of Labor Relations Paul Starkey to continue discussing salary and benefit issues for the State’s excluded employees. These ongoing meetings were agreed to as part of Mr. Starkey and CalHR Director Eraina Ortega’s commitment to ACSS President Todd D’Braunstein to address long-standing salary inequities and other issues affecting supervisory and managerial employees.

Some highlights from the meeting include:

  • CalHR has agreed to adjust salaries for certain supervising Administrative Law Judges retroactive to March 4, 2021. ACSS advocated for these salary adjustments to correct salary compaction with rank-and-file ALJs.
  • CalHR and the California Department of Public Health are reviewing ACSS’ request to realign the excluded employee Health Facilities Evaluator classifications bargaining unit affiliation to reflect the nursing status of all incumbents and to address related salary equity issues.
  • Salaries for the Food Services Supervisor classification will be reviewed to determine whether raises in July 2020 for subordinates created compaction that should be remedied through salary increases for supervisors.
  • CalHR and ACSS reviewed the status of pending ACSS’ proposals for various pay adjustments to correct salary inequities, create a new Peace Officer III classification at the Department of Developmental Services, and to provide state safety retirement for employees in the Nursing Consultant Program Review classification. CalHR’s review of these proposals continues.

ACSS strongly advocated for supervisory and managerial employees to be included among those provided “premium pay” as essential employees in responding to COVID-19. The $1.9 trillion federal American Rescue Plan Act relief package contains funding which may be used to provide “premium pay” to essential employees, not to exceed $13 per hour or $25,000 per worker. The Governor has wide discretion to provide this additional pay to workers he deems eligible. The Administration has indicated it will begin the process of determining eligibility with the “May Revise” to the proposed state budget. ACSS urged CalHR to provide the state supervisors and managers who have maintained the continuity of essential services during the pandemic with this additional pay. ACSS continues to engage in discussions with CalHR on this topic and advocate on behalf of members.

With the state budget situation vastly improved over the projections at the beginning of the pandemic, ACSS and CalHR discussed the likely end of the Personal Leave Program 2020. CalHR will be at the bargaining table with rank-and-file organizations to discuss the possible end of the PLP 2020 program and to negotiate new labor contracts with two bargaining units. Prior to those negotiations, ACSS will provide proposals for related excluded employees, as has been done before each round of bargaining during the Newsom Administration.

ACSS will continue to meet with CalHR on these issues and advocate for excluded employees interests as the state budget process continues.


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Another Successful ACSS Lobby Day!



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On March 21, 2018, ACSS members marched into the Capitol and met with legislators to discuss important issues affecting managers, supervisors and confidential state employees. Lobby Day was a resounding success with 54 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard! For 18 consecutive years, ACSS members have participated in Lobby Day to deliver the ACSS message in person to Assemblymembers and Senators. 

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Updates on Salary Compaction and IT Classification

Posted: 12/4/2017 Tags: classification compaction legislation representation salary Tags Views: 3298

ACSS continues to have ongoing discussions with CalHR in regards to salary compaction. ACSS inquired on the status of CalHR’s review and corrective action on the classifications that ACSS identified as not receiving a Special Salary Adjustment on July 1, 2017. We also inquired and discussed the status of CalHR's criteria to establish and maintain a 5% salary differential for impacted excluded classifications. ACSS is waiting for new information and will continue to provide updates.

ACSS also discussed the status of the Civil Service Improvement Class Consolidation issue, especially with regards to the IT Classifications. Unfortunately, submission to the State Personnel Board has again been delayed. However, the IT series of classifications is expected to be reviewed at the January SPB meeting. The Custodian series is expected to be reviewed in the February meeting. The Research Scientist series, the Energy Specialist series, and the Research Manager series are all pending and ACSS is waiting to hear new information on these classification consolidations.

It appears that as the year comes to an end, the momentum has slowed at CalHR. We encourage you to be patient with news of forward progress and to enjoy your time during the holiday season. Momentum will pick back up again with the New Year. Stay tuned as ACSS promises to deliver news to you as we receive it.


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Update on the Information Technology Series Class Consolidation package

Posted: 10/6/2017 Tags: compaction jobs policy representation salary Tags Views: 2931

ACSS met with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) regarding the state’s proposed Information Technology Series Class Consolidation package on September 20, 2017.

CalHR planned to submit the Class Consolidation Package to the State Personnel Board (SPB) for approval at the October 12th SPB Board meeting. However, CalHR did not submit the Board item to SPB for the October 12 Board meeting. Per CalHR “there may be slight changes” made to the proposal. If package changes are made and/or this item is returned to a future SPB meeting agenda, ACSS will provide updates such as this one.

ACSS used the feedback provided by many excluded IT employees to advocate on behalf of our members. During our meet and confer with CalHR ACSS addressed these key areas of concern (along with others not listed):

  • Salary compaction: The proposed package does not provide a 10% differential for Supervisors and Managers relative to their staff.
  • Total Compensation: A CalHR report from 2014 showing significant pay lags for IT Related classes in the state as compared to other public and private employers. CalHR sets the pay for excluded employees and the proposed package does not address this issue.
  • Reallocation of Excluded Employees to new classifications: This is a concern affecting Data Processing Manager (DPM) I, II, and III incumbents. New position allocations in some cases did not appropriately consider or account for the duties of employees in those classifications and/or would no longer permit the supervision of current subordinates in the proposed plan.

As a result of ACSS’ ongoing discussions with CalHR and the meet and confer meeting, CalHR made changes to proposed SPB Classification Specifications.

Click here to view the updated IT Consolidation Structure Map.

Please contact Charlotte Hoar at choar@acss.org or call 916-326-4388 if you have questions.


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Salary Increase for Some Excluded Employees Associated With Bargaining Unit 07

Posted: 8/14/2017 Tags: compaction policy salary Tags Views: 2298

On August 11, 2017, CalHR release Pay Letter 17-22 that affects some Managers and Supervisors associated with Bargaining Unit 7. Pay Letter 17-22 provides information for a 10 percent Special Salary Increase (SSA) for California State Fire Marshall Division Chiefs (class code 8966) and Deputy State Fire Marshall III (class code 9010) classes. This SSA is effective as of July 1, 2017.


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Salary Compaction Victory for Correctional Education Supervisors and Other Special Salary Adjustments for Excluded Employees

Posted: 7/13/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 5667

On July 11, 2017, CalHR released Pay Letter 17-18 which clarifies details on the General Salary Increases (GSIs) for excluded employees, effective July 1, 2017. The Pay Letter also provides more information on Special Salary Increases (SSAs) for certain classifications.

Because of ACSS’ tireless efforts with CalHR and CDCR, we have accomplished a huge milestone by alleviating salary compaction for CDCR Office of Correctional Education Supervisors. In 2015, ACSS reported that we proposed to remedy one of the most egregious cases of salary compaction where the Correctional Education Supervisors were making 13 % less than those they supervised. We are thrilled to report that Pay Letter 17-18 (pages 41-42) officially provides an 8% – 17% special salary increase, to bring those classifications up to a 5% pay differential above the employees they supervise. ACSS continues to strive for a 10% differential for all excluded employees. However, we are extremely pleased that ACSS’s diligence has helped these classes attain some resolution.

The Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees start on page 39 and include specific classifications in S01, M01, S03, M03, S08, M08, S12, U12, S13, M16, S16, U16, and S17. CalHR’s criteria to pass on the SSA is to follow the administration’s directive to establish and maintain a 5% pay differential. Notable and positive points from the Pay Letter are as follows:

  • M07 & S07 – ACSS reported two months ago that managers and supervisors who supervise investigators in DCA and DOI would receive additional compensation. Pay Letter 17-18 (pages 25-26) officially states the specific amounts of SSAs for Supervising Fraud Investigators of the Department of Insurance and Department of Consumer Affairs to bring the pay differential up to 5% above employees they supervise.

  • BU 10 – On pages 27-28, this pay letter clarifies the GSI amounts for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Unit 10. Specific classifications are listed that detail whether a 2% or a 5% GSI will be given for each classification.

  • S12 – includes SSAs for the CDCR Correctional Plant Supervisor, Correction Plant Manager I and II, Plumber Supervisor, Caltrans Highway Mechanics Supervisor, Mobile Equipment Superintendent I, and Telecommunications Maintenance Supervisor I, II, and III. (See pages 43-44)

Pay Letter 17-18 also includes additional clarification on the General Salary Increases effective July 1, 2017, for Excluded Employees Associated with Bargaining Units 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 09, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 17, 19 and CBID E and U classes.

ACSS will continue in our efforts to advocate on behalf of our members for fair and equitable salary and benefits.


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Excluded Employees Receive Salary Increases Effective July 1, 2017

Posted: 6/30/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 9821

Late yesterday, CalHR released a Human Resource Manual Update* that provides information about raises for excluded employees. As per our previous news post back in October 2016, excluded employees will receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) effective July 1, 2017, based on the bargaining unit they are affiliated. See the chart below for details:

 EXCLUDED EMPLOYEES AFFILIATED WITH BARGAINING UNIT:  GSI
 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, - SEIU  4%
 2  5%
 6  3% 
 7  3%
 9  2%
 10  2% or 5%
 12  4%
 13  3%
 16  2%
 18  3%
 19  4%

 

Salary increases for excluded employees affiliated with Bargaining Unit 5 (Highway Patrol) and Bargaining Unit 8 (Firefighters) will be addressed in future pay letters.

Effective July 1, 2017, most Managerial, Supervisory, and Confidential employees designated E48, E68, E78, E79, E97, E98, and E99 will receive a GSI of four percent (4%).

Exceptions to the salary increases above will be identified in pay letters that will be released in the following weeks.

In addition to the GSI, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) prefunding will begin. Click here for more information on OPEB for each bargaining unit.

ACSS continues to work hard on your behalf to attain pay parity and fair compensation for all excluded employees. As always, we will provide you with further updates as we receive additional news from CalHR.


*The PML Process has been replaced by the CalHR Human Resources Manual online.


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CalHR Assures ACSS that Pay Raises are Coming Soon for Excluded Employees

Posted: 6/1/2017 Tags: compaction legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 10146

On May 31, 2017, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss the May Revise of the Budget, raises from Collective Bargaining, pay raises for excluded employees, and consolidation of classifications. In attendance were CalHR Director Richard Gillihan, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster, ACSS President Frank Ruffino, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Nellie Lynn, and ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin. The meeting was productive, positive and informative. After discussing the outcome of the May Revise Budget at length, Gillihan reassured ACSS that the budget contains raises for all excluded employees. Final numbers of how much of a raise has yet to be disclosed. ACSS will know more details about pay raises for excluded employees when the budget comes out of conference and is sent to the Governor’s desk.

ACSS continues to work hard to resolve salary compaction and pay equity for ALL excluded employees. With pay raises from October 2016 and upcoming pay raises in July 2017, ACSS’ efforts are proving to be successful. ACSS President Frank Ruffino noted, "This is the first time in history that excluded employees have received two separate general pay increases within a year. ACSS’ tireless efforts on your behalf have been successful and we anticipate more productive and positive meetings with CalHR in the future.”

ACSS plans to have another meeting with CalHR in August 2017 to resolve even more classes affected by salary compaction.


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