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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

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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: 4584

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”.

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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: 2522

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.

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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: 2756

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: 3716

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

Posted: 5/27/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits legislation salary Tags Views: 4442

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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CalPERS: New Pension Contribution Rates for Employer Are Less Than Projected

Posted: 4/22/2016 Tags: legislation pension Tags Views: 3064

CalHR Releases Memo on Leave Buy-Back Program for Excluded Employees

Posted: 4/21/2016 Tags: benefits legislation policy Tags Views: 5722

Victory for ACSS – Paid Leave Buy-Back Hours Increase is Granted

Posted: 4/15/2016 Tags: benefits legislation legislature policy politics Tags Views: 3191

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