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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: 2993

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: 2699

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: 5081

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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Updates and Progress From the March CDCR Meeting

Posted: 4/21/2015 Tags: policy prison rights Tags Views: 2268

Posted: 4/21/2015

CDCR and ACSS meet on a quarterly basis to discuss various workplace issues. At the last quarterly meeting held in late March 2015, the following topics were reviewed:

Upward Mobility:
ACSS has been working with concerned CDCR members in efforts to preserve upward mobility opportunities. We have have made strides towards consolidating classifications so that promotion opportunities remain intact and are not abolished. This reevaluation of classifications ties in with the Administration’s Classification Improvement Project.

Administrative Officer Duty:
On behalf of ACSS members, we raised concerns for pay equity amongst all of the CDCR classifications that perform Administrative Officer of the Day Duty (AOD) duty as per the Department Operations Manual (DOM). ACSS shared with CDCR some general information from a recent survey of members who perform AOD, which provided solid reasoning for the members’ concerns. CDCR will take closer look at “managerial” levels or ranks in comparable classifications, and not necessarily salary levels, to resolve this issue.


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Turn Your Time Into Money! Cash Out Your Unused Paid Leave.

Posted: 4/20/2015 Tags: benefits leave policy Tags Views: 2418


Starting May 1, 2015, excluded state workers can apply to cash out their unused paid leave time into money.  Cashing in on this opportunity is helpful for both taxpayers and the government and actually helps curb increases to the state's liability, since unused time cashed out at the end of employment is based on final salary. Excluded employees are allowed to cash out up to 40 hours.

>> Click here to read more on this topic from the SacBee article 

>> Click here to see CalHR's memo PDF on the Excluded Employee Leave Buy-Back Program


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Notable Points From The Governor's State Budget Report

Posted: 1/13/2015 Tags: budget governor health jobs pension policy retirement salary Tags Views: 4082

Posted: 1/13/2015

On Friday 1/9/15, Governor Brown released his proposed 2015-2016 State Budget. Brown claims that the budget still remains “precariously balanced” and urges “financial restraint and prudence” in order to avoid another recession in the future. Here are the proposals that affect ACSS and ACSS members:

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Take Notice of New Laws Affecting CalPERS Members in 2015

Posted: 1/5/2015 Tags: health insurance policy retirement Tags Views: 3433

Posted: 1/5/2015

Several Assembly and Senate Bills that could impact CalPERS members made their way through the California Legislature in 2014. One of the most important bills signed into law may affect your retirement benefit decisions, while others will work to protect benefits and strengthen the pension system and health benefits program.

AB 2472 (Committee on PERS) allows members, when they are newly retired, to change their survivor benefit option election if CalPERS receives their request within 30 days of the issuance of their first retirement payment, rather than before the receipt of the first check.

AB 1163 (Levine) reflect the Board’s ongoing commitment that its Board members possess the education and training necessary to ensure the sustainability of our retirement, health, and other benefit plans. These education requirements match the education and training policy that the Board has been working on for several years.

SB 1182 (Leno) and SB 1340 (Hernandez) will improve CalPERS’ access to health care cost information, so that health care purchasers can better identify cost drivers and possibly negotiate lower health benefit rates, therefore improving health plan transparency.

SB 1251 (Huff) provides a narrow exemption to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) for the Cities of Brea and Fullerton in Orange County. The bill allows these cities to form a new joint powers authority (JPA) and provide the retirement benefit formulas currently provided by the cities, rather than reduced PEPRA formulas. Without this exemption, the cities argue that they could not transfer existing city employees to the new JPA.


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It's Flu Season! CalHR Gives Us Prevention Tips for the Workplace

Posted: 11/18/2014 Tags: health memo policy Tags Views: 3432

Posted: 11/18/2014

CalHR released memorandum PML-2014-045 on the prevention and management of illness in the workplace. CalHR recommends the following guidelines for departments to use for absences that may occur due to the influenza (flu) season. It should be noted that while the symptoms are similar, the flu is disticntly different than the Ebola virus.  For more information on the Ebola virus, please review PML 2014-039.

The memo offers managers and supervisors a few important considerations:

  • If employees are showing signs of flu symptoms, employers should encourage employees to stay home or go home.
  • Review the provisions of leave usage in the appropriate bargaining agreements.
  • Check CalHR's Leave Benefits webpage for guidance on the usage of the above leaves.
  • To minimize the impact on operations, consider tele-working or flextime.

Based on recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and the CDD&P, the memo contains links to more information on flu season guidance specifically for Supervisors and Managers.

Cover your coughs and wash your hands often! ACSS hopes you and your employees stay healthy this fall and winter around the workplace.


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CalHR Releases Special Salary Adjustment Pay Letter for Bargaining Units 9 and 10

Posted: 8/21/2014 Tags: policy salary Tags Views: 10098

On July 15th 2014, ACSS met with CalHR as a follow-up discussion in regards to the pending pay letter for excluded employees, including ACSS members, associated with bargaining units 9 and 10. No other units were discussed in this particular meeting. On August 20th 2014, CalHR released an additional official pay letter for S09, M09, S10 and M10 detailing the salary adjustments for excluded employee classifications associated with these units.

To summarize, some supervisors in a split classification are now provided parity in salary with the rank and file. In our July meeting, CalHR did not compare these salaries with those of the employees they supervise. They only identified salary adjustments for parity with either the benchmark class or rank and file class for split class, for now.

It was also confirmed that any salary adjustments above 5% would be incrementally PERSable over the course of 3 years, and not immediately. Only the initial 5% would be PERSable immediately. The best outcome would have been an immediately PERSable full amount of the salary adjustment. ACSS does, however, have confirmation that the PERSable salary will indeed occur, according to the latest legislative decision. ( See SB-102, Section 4 for an elaboration on “incrementally PERSable”. )

Even though Pay Letter 14-17 is being released later than expected, CalHR assured ACSS that if a state worker’s class is awarded an additional pay raise, it will, in fact, be retroactive and back-paid to the July 1, 2014 effective date. ACSS continues to work diligently with CalHR to discuss salary adjustments for other excluded employees facing similar salary compaction.


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Excluded Employee Pay Letter from CalHR Released: 2% Salary Increase

Posted: 7/9/2014 Tags: policy salary Tags Views: 2471

ACSS received the Pay Letter 14-08 from CalHR and we can now confirm who will get the 2% general salary increase effective July 1, 2014. Check if your class received a raise by reading the official pay letter.

CalHR will develop separate pay letters for specified increases for excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Unit 5 and for special pay adjustments for some of the excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Units 9 and 10. A separate pay letter for excluded employees aligned with Bargaining Unit 6 is anticipated as well. There may be some additional letters that provide special adjustments for specified classifications. ACSS will notify you of these additional letters as they become available for release.

For questions, please directly contact YOUR local ACSS Labor Relations Representative.


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