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CalTrans Grants ACSS’ Grievance to Enforce “Call Out” Compensation

Posted: 12/22/2015 Tags: grievance jobs policy representation rights Tags Views: 1892

At the end of October, a CalTrans Supervisor alerted ACSS about concerns regarding a decision by the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to change the method used to compensation supervisory staff for call outs. CalTrans sent an email informing maintenance supervisors that they would no longer receive a minimum of four hours of work time when called back to work after completing a normal work shift and/or during off-duty hours. Supervisors would only be paid for the actual time of work performed and a minimum of 4 hours of pay for a call out was not applicable to supervisors.

ACSS determined this new method of compensation for call outs was a violation of statute, regulations and CalHR policy. ACSS filed a grievance on behalf of the ACSS Member as well as all CalTrans excluded employees. The two primary classifications impacted are CalTrans Maintenance Supervisor (6301) and CalTrans Maintenance Area Superintendent (6282).

On December 16, 2015, ACSS received CalTrans’ response granting the grievance. The response stated “We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. It was never our intention to unilaterally terminate any benefit which we have the authority to provide to our employees … Therefore, it is our determination after further analysis that the CMS and CMAS classifications are in fact entitled to the 4-hour minimum when called back into work. Therefore, based on my review of the information presented above, your grievance is hereby granted.”

As a result of ACSS’ efforts, these CalTrans excluded employees have retained their rightful benefits. ACSS became their voice, supported them through this complicated workplace issue, and resolved the conflict on behalf of excluded employees.


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Annual Premium Age Update Review – Life Insurance and Long Term Disability

Posted: 12/18/2015 Tags: benefits insurance policy Tags Views: 1442

Annual Premium Age Update Review – Basic Group Term Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, and Long Term Disability Insurance

Effective January 1, 2016, premium changes take effect for certain employees enrolled in the Basic Group Term Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, and Long Term Disability Insurance (LTD) Programs for excluded employees. These changes are based on the employee’s age, salary, and/or policy amount.

The Basic Group Term Life Insurance policy for excluded employees requires that when employees reach age 70, their employer-paid life insurance premium and benefit will be reduced by 50 percent on January 1 of the following year. Therefore, effective January 1, 2016, (December 2015 pay period) premiums for these employees will be reduced by 50 percent. Benefits will be reduced as follows:

  • Managerial employees from $50,000 to $25,000.
  • Confidential and supervisory employees from $25,000 to $12,500.

Questions regarding these changes should be directed to MetLife at 1-800-252-8524.

Click here to read the full text of PML 2015-036.


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Changes to Career Executive Assignment (CEA) Qualifications and Reinstatement Rights

Posted: 10/16/2015 Tags: policy Tags Views: 1645

Cal HR released a Personnel Management Liasons (PML) that describes changes to the minimum qualifications of the Career Executive Assignment (CEA). Since SB 99 went into effect on September 22, 2015, CEA recruitment is now open to the public and not just for state workers, therefore the potential candidate pool has more competition.

SB 99 also implements some changes in reinstatement rights. Soon CalHR will release an updated CEA booklet that includes these updates.

Click here to read PML 2015-031

Click here to read more about SB 99 - PML 2015-030


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ACSS Delegate Assembly Conducts Business and Appoints New Executive Committee

Posted: 7/20/2015 Tags: ACSS elections chapters election events meeting policy Tags Views: 2187

ACSS held its Delegate Assembly over the past weekend on July 17-19, 2015.  Friday's events started out with a Bylaws and Policy Committee meeting along with a Finance Committee meeting. Saturday's Delegate Assembly held an election for the selection of the new Board of Directors to serve the next three-year term. The Delegate Assembly also passed all four resolutions presented before the board.  Newly elected Chapter Presidents and Chapter Officers were sworn-in and took the oath of office to serve on their upcoming 3-year term. Saturday evening featured an "Evening Under The Stars" dinner dance party that was enjoyed by all.  Sunday, ACSS held a Board Meeting and elected a new Executive Committee to oversee the organization, and was sworn into office by CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Arlene Espinoza concluded her 6 years as ACSS President and handed over the gavel to newly elected ACSS President Frank Ruffino.

Congratulations to all the newly elected Chapter Officers, Delegates, Board of Directors and Executive Committee!  ACSS Delegate Assembly 2015 was a huge success. 

ACSS Chapter Officers 2015

ACSS Board of Directors 2015-2018

ACSS Executive Committee being sworn in by CA Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones.
 

 

Arlene Espinoza, ACSS former President, handing over the gavel to newly elected ACSS President Frank Ruffino.


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Special Salary Adjustment and General Salary Increase Helps Relieve Some Compaction

Posted: 7/7/2015 Tags: compaction policy salary Tags Views: 3996

CalHR releases a 2.5% GSI Across the Board and an Additional SSA for select Supervisors and Managers.

 

In ACSS’ diligent efforts to fight compaction, CalHR released a notification of a Special Salary Adjustment (SSA) to address compaction for Managerial and Supervisory positions, on top of a 2.5% General Salary Increase (GSI) across the board! This is quite a victory for excluded state employees and the SSA for those select positions should feel the relief soon. Both policies take effect retroactively as of July 1, 2015. In the 4-page memo, CalHR provides specific percentages for salary increases for specific classes. The SSA is a result of the final rendition of the Administration’s 2015-2016 State Budget. ACSS has worked hard in collaboration with CalHR, advocating this salary increase on behalf of excluded employees, especially those affected by compaction. More details are being discussed this week and, as usual, we will continue to monitor this issue and provide you with important updates. ACSS will also continue its efforts to advocate for equitable salary and benefits for excluded employees.

>> Click here to view the official CalHR Pay Letter (Pages 19 - 34 refer to managers, supervisors and other excluded employees).


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Bottom Line on the Budget: Administration Drops the HSA and Other Trailer Bill Objectives

Posted: 6/5/2015 Tags: bargaining budget health policy retirement Tags Views: 2052

ACSS has consistently pushed back on the “equal sharing” (50/50) of costs between employee and the state for funding retiree healthcare. We are pleased to report that on Friday June 5, the Administration agreed to drop language in the trailer bill requiring equal sharing of costs for retiree healthcare (as defined in Section 11 of the amended trailer bill). ACSS was concerned that 50/50 cost sharing would be implemented statutorily. We are declaring victory that this item is NOT becoming statue and is being dropped altogether from the budget. The Legislature has been supportive of our request to keep health care proposals out of state budget trailer bill language completely.

In addition, this week the Brown Administration tossed out the CalPERS high deductible health care plan. The Administration realized that without a high deductible plan, there is little use for an HSA. In addition, the Administration also removed some trailer bill language that applies to new hire’s formula for retiree healthcare plans, increases the vesting period for new hires, and removes some language in reference to Medicare reimbursements. The Administration has decided to drop these objectives from the budget and instead, pursue them in bargaining. Battling it out with the bargaining units may take months, which means that implementation for managers and supervisors may be drawn out even further.

The amended trailer bill language:

  • requires verification of eligible health care plan participants
  • defines, in more detail, the prefunding of employee contributions
  • lists requirements that CalPERS report to the Department of Finance on costs and status of health care plans
  • sets a lock on the state retiree health account until 2046

At this point, we can conclude that these objectives are the bottom line adjustments to the budget from the Administration.


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Budget Proposal Aims to End "Six-Month Vacancy" Illegal Position Shuffling

Posted: 5/20/2015 Tags: budget jobs policy politics salary Tags Views: 2016

 

Jerry Brown's 2015-16 budget proposes a plan to wipe out an existing law that requires departments to eliminate state positions that go empty for six months. Departments have been deceptively manipulating personnel to inflate salary budgets and use money for other expenses. By shuffling around staff and making it appear that these positions are still being used, the positions are not eliminated and the department retains their funding.  A series of investigations and audits are bringing transparency to this issue and are putting a stop to all the unnecessary shuffling.  Read more on this issue in the full SacBee article.


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Myths vs. Facts on CalPERS Pensions, Investments, Health Care, and More!

Posted: 5/13/2015 Tags: health pension policy retirement Tags Views: 2281

CalPERS has provided a list of Myths versus Facts to address common misconceptions.  Test your knowledge on the following CalPERS issues related to pensions, investments, accountability, ethics, and health care. 

MYTH -or- FACT? Most Police and firefighters retire at age 50 with 90 percent of pay.

MYTH -or- FACT? CalPERS doesn't promote a public pension database so it can hide pension amounts.

MYTH -or- FACT? CalPERS Long-Term Care Program is financially unstable.

MYTH -or- FACT? Taxpayers pay 100 percent of retiree health care costs.

For more Myth or Fact questions and to see answers to the questions above, click here to read the full article on the CalPERS website.


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Are you a CDCR Employee impacted by the PREA policy modification?

Posted: 5/1/2015 Tags: bargaining meeting policy rights Tags Views: 1881

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) notified the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) of its intent to modify the existing policy and procedures to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) effective June 1, 2015. The modifications includes changes to the DOM as well as several new and revised CDCR Forms. Click here to view a copy of the notice to ACSS. All CDCR DAI staff will receive training on the updated PREA policy and procedures. This will also impact CCHCS staff. The proposed modifications may impact your working conditions.

To preserve your rights and address the concerns of our members, ACSS requested a meet and confer with CDCR and CCHCS. Under the Bill of Rights for State Excluded Employees Government Code Section 3533 a “Meet and Confer” means that the state employer shall consider as fully as it deems reasonable, such presentations as are made by ACSS - the verified supervisory employee organization - on behalf of its supervisory members prior to arriving at a determination of policy or course of action.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PREA modifications that you would like ACSS to address, please contact Nellie Lynn, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation via email at nlynn@ACSS.org by May 8, 2015. Your thoughts and input regarding these proposed modifications are important to ensure that the concerns of all impacted members are addressed.


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Important Compaction Milestone Near for Supervisors at CDCR

Posted: 4/23/2015 Tags: budget compaction policy salary Tags Views: 3853

ACSS is happy to report a huge milestone achievement in the resolution of compaction for some critical supervisory classifications at CDCR. Over the past several years, ACSS has diligently spent a tremendous amount of time and effort advocating for the end of compaction in classifications where supervisors were drastically underwater. One of the most egregious examples of this was in the Office of Correctional Education where supervisor’s salaries were 13% less than the teachers they supervised. In a March 25, 2015, meeting, CDCR informed ACSS that they submitted a compaction proposal to CalHR requesting a salary increase for Supervisors of Vocational Instruction (2370), Supervisors of Academic Instruction (2305), and Supervisors of Correctional Educational Programs (2303) for a total of 99 impacted excluded employees state-wide. The proposal provides for a special salary adjustment to finally bring those classifications up to a 5% salary differential above the employees they supervise. CDCR stated that the funding for the salary increase has already been included in the current budget proposal. The proposal may still require legislative approval, however ACSS is pleased that our tireless efforts on behalf of our members finally resulted in positive action on this critical matter. ACSS continues to fully support this compaction resolution and work tirelessly to push the issue into effect in alliance with CDCR, CalHR and the Administration.

>> See related article on CDCR Quarterly Meetings


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