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Supreme Court Upholds Fair-Share Fees for Unions

Posted: 4/1/2016 Tags: legislation politics Tags Views: 2374

On March 29, 2016, the Supreme Court announced a 4 - 4 tie vote in the case of Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Assn., preserving a rule that requires public employees to pay “fair share fees” to support their union. Opponents contend that forcing public employees to pay fair share fees violates their rights to free speech. In this tie vote, the Supreme Court upholds the long-standing rule requiring public employees to help pay for the cost of collective bargaining on the theory that all benefit to some degree.

ACSS supports this decision and supports other labor unions that enact fair share fees. Since ACSS is not a union, this decision does not affect our organization. ACSS does not receive fair share fees. Instead, our members voluntarily join and agree to have ACSS membership dues deducted from their paycheck to receive ACSS’ benefits.

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CalHR Committed to Continuing Efforts to Resolve Salary Compaction

Posted: 3/18/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits compaction legislation pension policy retirement Tags Views: 3417

ACSS is Your Voice in California State Politics

Posted: 3/4/2016 Tags: legislation PAC politics Tags Views: 3100


ACSS Executive Board Members at the 2016 California Democratic Convention on February 26-28.

ACSS maintains an active political program dedicated to improving the careers and compensation of excluded employees. A highlight of ACSS’ involvement in recent state politics is our attendance and sponsorship at the California Democratic Convention on February 26-28, 2016, in San Jose. The ACSS Executive Board took advantage of many opportunities to speak with influential legislators including CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and our AB 2735 Bill Sponsor Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AD 59). Throughout the Convention weekend event, ACSS spoke with several of California’s most revered democratic leaders to bring ACSS’ message to the table, on behalf of members.

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ACSS Sponsors New Bill to Increase Paid Leave Buy-Back Hours

Posted: 2/25/2016 Tags: legislation Tags Views: 3368

ACSS is dedicated to improving and protecting the rights of excluded employees. In our efforts to increase benefits for our members, ACSS is sponsoring AB 2735 which will increase the Paid Leave Buy-Back amount for all excluded employees up to 80 hours of eligible unused leave credit per year. Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AD 59) has come forth to author this bill.
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Notable Points From The Governor's State Budget Report 2016-2017


On Thursday 1/8/16, Governor Brown released his proposed 2016-2017 State Budget. Brown claims that the budget still remains “precariously balanced” for the long term. Brown stated, “While timing is uncertain, the next recession is getting closer, and the state must begin to plan for it.”

Here are the proposals that affect ACSS and ACSS members:

State Employee Compensation

The Budget includes $220 million ($27 million General Fund) in 2016-17 for employee compensation and health care costs for active state employees. Included in these costs are collectively bargained salary increases for many of the state’s rank and file employees represented by bargaining unit 9 (engineers), which the Administration is extending to state managers and supervisors related to these employees. A 5% general raise in July of 2016 is the only currently      >> Read More...


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