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ACSS Board of Directors Discusses Political Endorsements, Chapter Meetings, and Elections

Posted: 5/4/2021 Tags: chapters election events legislation PAC Tags Views: 598

In the past few weeks, the ACSS Board of Directors has met on two occasions to discuss important Association business. On one occasion, the Board met for a special session to quickly and decisively vote to support Governor Gavin Newsom in his efforts to fight the recall. ACSS’ contributions were noted in Politico’s news article, posted April 29, 2021. Most recently on May 1, the Board held a regular meeting and made further political endorsements:

Legislative

  • Dr. Angelov (Angelo) Farooq (SD 31, 2024) – Dr. Farooq is currently a member of the Board of Education for Riverside Unified School District. He is also the Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. In addition, he serves at a high level on several councils that focus on education, economic development, women’s health, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

CalPERS 2021 Election

  • David Miller (Board of Administration, At Large Seat A) – ACSS endorsed David Miller during the previous election for his current position on the CalPERS Board. David Miller continues to protect pensions, improve health benefits and provide transparency on behalf of CalPERS members.
  • Jose Luis Pacheco (Board of Administration, At Large Seat B) – Mr. Pacheco has a strong background in labor and is a current member of the South Bay Labor Council in San Jose. He also serves on councils that support credit unions, breast cancer, and Latino issues. He promises to protect pensions, improve healthcare programs, and act as the voice that represents CalPERS members.

The CalPERS candidates endorsed by the ACSS Board are running for statewide seats voted on by current state employees including state managers and supervisors as well as retired state and public employees.

The ACSS Board of Directors also discussed the return of Chapter meetings via virtual format as well as future in-person meetings. We are in the process of training and preparation for holding Chapter meetings again and we look forward to providing members with a virtual outlet to discuss ACSS activities, updates, and topics that are important to excluded employees.

As you may already be aware, ACSS Elections for Chapter Offices and Delegates are now open until May 21, 2021. Please remember to visit the ACSS Election Portal and cast your vote for local leaders to represent your voice. Delegate Assembly 2021 is slated for October 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.


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Elections are Now OPEN! Cast Your Vote for Your Chapter's Next Leaders.

Posted: 4/23/2021 Tags: chapters election events Tags Views: 641

ACSS Elections opened on April 20, 2021. As a member of ACSS, your vote is important. Your vote matters because you choose the Chapter Officers and Delegates that you feel will best represent excluded employees in your area. Those leaders will attend Delegate Assembly and get involved with ACSS at higher levels to bring news to you, represent you, and to push for change on your behalf.

Get to know your Candidates
Visit the ACSS Elections Portal to see a list of candidates running for leadership positions within your Chapter. Familiarize yourself with the candidates and read their profiles before you cast your vote online.

Securely Cast Your Vote Online
For online voting, ACSS is using secure software called Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS). By this time, you should have received a letter mailed to your home address. The letter contains a link and login information for you to cast your vote electronically. You may only vote once. The system has security measurements in place to ensure fairness and accuracy of all votes cast. You should have also received an email with the same login information. If you do not receive a letter or email with your unique voting information by April 27th, please contact ACSS via email at acss@ACSS.org. Online voting ends on May 21st, 2021.

Get involved and cast your vote for your Chapter’s next leaders!

(Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your ACSS Chapter.)


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ACSS Election Voting Opens on April 20, 2021. View Your Chapter's Candidates!

Posted: 4/12/2021 Tags: chapters election events Tags Views: 492

Visit the ACSS Elections Portal for new and updated content! We have added a section dedicated to each Chapter's individual elections. Within the portal, click on your Chapter to see a list of candidates running for leadership positions. Familiarize yourself with the candidates and read their profiles before online voting opens on April 20, 2021!

Voting will occur online with secure software called Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS). You will receive a letter mailed to your home address on or before April 20, 2021. The letter contains a link and login information for you to cast your vote electronically. You may only vote once. The system has security measurements in place to ensure fairness and accuracy of all votes cast. You will also receive an email with the same login information. If you do not receive a letter or email with your unique voting information by April 27th, please contact ACSS via email at acss@ACSS.org. Online voting ends on May 21st, 2021.

(Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your ACSS Chapter.)


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ACSS Board of Directors Cancels All In-Person Meetings Through 2020

Posted: 8/10/2020 Tags: Board Meeting chapters COVID-19 meeting Tags Views: 1038

The ACSS Board met via conference call on August 1, 2020. The primary issue discussed by the Board was the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on ACSS members, including those effects in the workplace and by the adoption of PLP days and the State Budget.

The number one issue of importance was the health, safety and welfare of ACSS members. The Board also discussed how best ACSS can continue it’s hard work in advocating for our members and providing member service.

As a result of these discussions, the ACSS Board of directors has unanimously determined that it is in the best interest of our members, and our organization as a whole, that all in-person meetings of ACSS members be cancelled through the end of the year. This includes all chapter and board meetings. ACSS is actively investigating technological alternatives to in-person meetings to ensure communication and networking opportunities continue in a safe manner the future.

During this time, ACSS remains fully operational in advocating for the interests of our members and in representing those members in the workplace and statewide.


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ACSS Member Appreciation Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 11/27/2018 Tags: chapters meeting Tags Views: 1346

Tis the season for ACSS Annual Member Appreciation Meetings and Dinners! Check the ACSS Events Calendar for YOUR local Chapter's meeting. Hope to see you there! 


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ACSS Chapter Officer Elections - Online Voting is OPEN NOW!

Posted: 4/23/2018 Tags: chapters election events membership Tags Views: 2008

We’re excited to announce that elections for ACSS Chapter Officer and Delegates (2018-2021 term) will be an online voting process. Online voting is OPEN NOW and runs through May 21, 2018, 11:59 PM (PST). For your ballot to count, you must complete your online ballot during that time period. Click here to view the list of Candidates for YOUR Chapter! 

ACSS is using an independent company, Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), to host the election online. This ensures the complete confidentiality of the voting process and the accurate tallying of votes.

SBS mailed a letter to ACSS Members' home addresses on April 9th, 2018 that included online voting information with a direct link and unique login credentials.  SBS also emailed ACSS Members the voting information on April 20th, 2018. Members must complete ballots online through the direct link with their unique login credentials.

If you are an ACSS Member and have not received your email invitation or have questions, please contact ACSS at (800) 624-2137 or acss@ACSS.org.


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Check out the Third Quarter ACSS Newsletter - Member Spotlight and President's Corner

Posted: 8/3/2017 Tags: ACSS elections chapters membership retirement Tags Views: 2155

In case you missed it, check out the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter publication for July - September 2017.  The Q3 features a spotlight on ACSS member Manijeh Fatollahi who stepped up to lead Chapter 512 for over a decade. Also in this edition, check out the President's Corner where ACSS President Frank Ruffino urges members to make a difference, take action and become an Agent of Change as an ACSS Chapter Officer. 

Click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly Newsletter publication.


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"Know Your Rights" Chapter Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 5/10/2017 Tags: chapters grievance meeting representation rights Tags Views: 2542

This year, the ACSS Spring 2017 "Know Your Rights" presentation will cover a general overview of the grievance process. Every situation and grievance is unique.  Learn more about different types of grievances, how to file an effective grievance and learn important timelines in the grievance process. Your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative (LRR) will be presenting the material to you at this meeting. Your LRR can answer any questions you may have about the grievance process and your rights as an excluded employee.

>> Click here to find a "Know Your Rights" Chapter meeting in YOUR area!

>> Click here to learn more about past "Know Your Rights" presentations.


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State Treasurer Chiang Attends Sacramento ACSS Chapters 502 and 503 Member Appreciation Party

Posted: 12/16/2016 Tags: chapters meeting Tags Views: 3031

California State Treasurer and 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate John Chiang attended and spoke at the Chapter 502 and 503 Member Appreciation Meeting and Dinner in Sacramento on December 2nd 2017.

Chapter 503 President, James Teahan, was ecstatic to have Chiang attend. “John Chiang was fully engaged with ACSS members, gave a terrific speech, and truly provided his support for ACSS. We were so happy to have him as this was the first time a State Officer attended our Membership Appreciation Event,” Teahan noted.

Chapter 502 President, Lieutenant Coopwood, found Chiang very approachable and personable. Coopwood enjoyed listening to the State Treasurer’s anecdotes about family, his background, and history with Governor Schwarzenegger. Coopwood commented that Chiang’s speech “showed how he is willing to fight for the rights of ACSS members and not just go along with the status quo.”

In addition, ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell said, “Chiang’s personal stories really connected with the crowd.”

Overall, the presence of Chiang at the Member Appreciation party was extremely well received by ACSS officers, members and their guests. ACSS thanks State Treasurer Chiang for spending time with us and supporting us in our efforts.


Top row from left: Chapter 502 President Lieutenant Coopwood, ACSS President Frank Ruffino, State Treasurer John Chiang, Arthur Anderson, Chapter 503 President James Teahan.
Bottom row from left: ACSS VP of Membership Development Arlene Espinoza, ACSS Secretary/Treasurer Pam Robison, Chapter 502 Secretary/Treasurer Lori Anderson.


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ACSS President Frank Ruffino Attends Chapter 504 Meeting in Fairfield

Posted: 10/7/2015 Tags: chapters meeting Tags Views: 2366


(Chapter 504 members from left: Alternate Delegate Kimisha Hall, Board Member Shirley Castaneda, Chapter President Donald Merrill, ACSS President Frank Ruffino, Secretary/Treasurer Lavonne Thomas, Vice President Marie Fay.)

On September 1, 2015, ACSS President Frank Ruffino attended Chapter 504’s meeting in Fairfield. Board Member Shirley Castaneda said she was honored by Ruffino’s presence and grateful for his dedication to ACSS. The members were pleased to meet him and were inspired by his thoughts regarding the current issues on pensions, health care reform and other matters.


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