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Vacancies Filled and Issues Discussed at ACSS Board Meeting in Sacramento

Posted: 9/29/2021 Tags: Board Meeting compaction meeting policy salary Tags Views: 242

On September 11, 2021, ACSS held an in-person Board of Directors meeting in at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. The first order of business was to fill two vacancies on the ACSS Board of Directors, and a vacancy for a Chapter President. Amal Kattan-Handal was Nominated by Chapter 503 President Jim Teahan and confirmed as the new Board Member for Chapter 503 (Sacramento area). Bret Blaydes was confirmed as the new Board Member for Chapter 509 (Southern Central Valley area). Nicole Stewart was confirmed as President of Chapter 507 (South Bay Area and Monterey). ACSS President Todd D’Braunstein swore in the new Board Members and Chapter Officer by reciting the Oath of Office.

The Board of Directors reviewed information from the PAC/Legislative Committee, the President’s Forum, and other Association business. They discussed the new roll out of virtual Chapter Zoom meetings as a new method of communication. So far, three virtual Chapter meetings have successfully occurred and ACSS plans to continue scheduling virtual meetings as an effective way to conduct Chapter business.

ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Gerald James discussed the many achievements and efforts of the Representation Program that have helped ACSS Members. Throughout the pandemic, ACSS has continued to meet with CalHR to review many long-standing salary inequity issues, address salary compaction and to provide salary proposals and supporting information to CalHR. In spring of 2021, ACSS fought for Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 19 (Health and Social Services/Professionals) while Unit 19 was at the bargaining table. Because of ACSS’ advocacy on behalf of supervisors and managers, some classes will receive an 8% SSA, which is the highest salary adjustment for classes related to Unit 19.

Gerald James also talked about the end of the Personal Leave Program salary reductions, which ACSS heavily advocated for and puts more money back into the pockets of ACSS members. Contrary to previous practices and at ACSS’ request, CalHR confirmed the end of the PLP Program and confirmed salary increases for excluded employees in writing to ACSS in mid-June 2021, before official “Pay Letters” went out. In prior years excluded employees had to wait for the state budget to be signed and the pay letters to issue in mid-July. This is proof that CalHR Director Eraina Ortega and Chief Deputy of Labor Relations Paul Starkey are willing to listen to ACSS and to change the status quo for the benefit of ACSS Members. There is still much work to do, but the relationship between CalHR and ACSS will ensure the long-standing issues are fairly evaluated and resolved for the benefit of ACSS Members.

Salary compaction issues remain in many classifications and ACSS continues to fight for equitable pay on behalf of ACSS Members. Among the ACSS proposals being evaluated by CalHR, the most egregious salary compaction classes in need of resolving are within the CDPH Health Facilities Evaluator Classes, Food Service Supervisors, and the Program Director, Program Assistant and Unit Supervisors classes at the Department of State Hospitals and California Correctional Health Care Services.

ACSS continues to fight for special salary adjustment increases for Right-of-Way Agents, Transportation Planners, and Environmental Planners at Caltrans. In addition, we are advocating for safety retirement for Nursing Consultants and reorganizing classifications for Department of Developmental Services for Peace Officers.

Talks between ACSS and CalHR include the teleworking policies and related stipends and vaccine mandates and testing. ACSS and CalHR meet on a quarterly basis and as needed between those standing meetings to discuss and resolve issues that affect ACSS Members. As always, ACSS will keep you informed on policy changes and important issues that affect our Members and all excluded employees.


Bret Blaydes (Chapter 509 Board Member) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


Amal Kattan-Handal (Chapter 503 Board Member) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


Nicole Stewart (Chapter 507 President) with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


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Nominate Yourself as an ACSS Board Member

Posted: 8/24/2021 Tags: Board Meeting election events Tags Views: 263

Your leadership and your voice matter!
Board members have the unique experience of being at the center of ACSS and are vital for the future success of ACSS.

A position on the ACSS Board of Directors can be a rewarding experience and will help advance your leadership skills. The time expectation for this three-year term are minimal by attending the ACSS quarterly Board meetings along with your local chapter meetings and other Board meetings or workshops as needed.

No previous experience necessary! The ACSS staff and fellow experienced Board members will provide history and guidance along the way.

The election of the new ACSS Board Members will take place by the Delegates at the upcoming Delegate Assembly on Saturday October 9th with the new Board’s first meeting on Sunday October 10th.

Nominate yourself by completing the online form and plan on attending Delegate Assembly. Once you submit the form, you will receive additional Delegate Assembly information along with hotel and travel info.

Nominate yourself TODAY!
Open Nominations Close on Monday September 13th, 2021, @ 5pm!

 

Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your Chapter

Want to know more?

Questions? Contact communication@ACSS.org.


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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: 1124

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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New Board Members Elected at the ACSS Board of Director's Meeting in San Diego

Posted: 10/1/2019 Tags: Board Meeting events meeting Tags Views: 1798

On September 21, ACSS held its second Board of Directors meeting for 2019 in San Diego. The first order of business was to fill vacancies on the ACSS Board of Directors, and a vacancy in the office of CFO due to the retirement of former CFO Pam Robison. Christina Shupe was confirmed as the new Secretary/Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors from Chapter 503. Other members elected to the Board of Directors were Barbara Kranz (Chapter 504), Toni Moon (Chapter 508) and Elena Yuasa (Chapter 513). With former Chapter 513 President Elena Yuasa elected to the Board, Glenn Illustrisimo assumes the Presidency of Chapter 513. Past President Frank Ruffino swore in the new Board Members and Chapter Officers by reciting the Oath of Office.

The Board of Directors reviewed and discussed recommendations from the PAC/Legislative Committee, the President’s Forum, as well as other Association business. Based on ACSS reviews on recommended Legislative candidates, the ACSS Board unanimously voted to endorse the list of candidates. Click here to view the current list of ACSS-Endorsed Legislators.

The Board also discussed the tentative labor contracts for rank-and-file employees and their impact on ACSS members. ACSS plans to meet with CalHR in October to discuss requests for salary and benefit equity with these new agreements. ACSS also continues to advocate for Legislative approval of these agreements, which contain appropriations of money to fund increases in related excluded employee salaries and benefits.

Highlights of the recent wins of the ACSS Representation Program include the new employer paid Family Care Leave which is unique to excluded employees, the new post and bid policy for Supervising Correctional Cooks, and the dozens of changes benefiting ACSS members made to state policies through the meet and confer process.

Guest Speaker Councilmember Chris Ward spoke candidly in defense of public employee pensions and support for supervisory and managerial employees, while answering questions from the Board. Past ACSS President Frank Ruffino attended as a special guest and was celebrated for his many years of dedicated service to ACSS. The meeting closed with a cake cutting ceremony commemorating ACSS Director of Representation, Nellie Lynn, who will be retiring in October 2019 after more than 30 years of dedicated service to CSEA and ACSS. ACSS congratulates the new Board of Directors, Chapter Officers and Statewide Officers that represent ACSS leadership. To view more photos of the events of the Board Meeting, click here.



From left to right: Toni Moon (Chapter 508), Past President Frank Ruffino, Christina Shupe (Chapter 503), Elena Yuasa (Chapter 513).



Councilmember Chris Ward with the ACSS Board of Directors.


ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein gives commemorative gifts to ACSS Past President Frank Ruffino.



ACSS Director of Representation Nellie Lynn, with ACSS President Todd D'Braunstein.


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ACSS Board of Directors Elects New Statewide Officers

Posted: 1/24/2019 Tags: Board Meeting events meeting Tags Views: 2164

On January 19, ACSS held its first Board of Directors meeting for 2019 in San Jose. The first order of business was to fill vacancies on the ACSS Board of Directors and the Statewide Officers. Tina Allen was appointed for the position of Chapter 505 Board Member. Tina and Chapter 508 Secretary/Treasurer LaChelle Adams (elected during Delegate Assembly in July 2018) were sworn into office by reciting the Oath.

ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Executive Vice President Elnora Fretwell resigned from their Statewide Officer positions, which left two out of five vacancies for Statewide Officers. Frank Ruffino accepted a political position with State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Elnora Fretwell recently retired. At the January 19th Board of Directors meeting, VP of Governmental Affairs Todd D’Braunstein became the new ACSS President via no contest. Chapter 503 Board Member Suzanna Nye was elected as Executive Vice President. And Chapter 507 Board Member Reynold Roth was elected as VP of Governmental Affairs.

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ACSS Board Meeting Coming Up on September 21st & 22nd

Posted: 9/14/2018 Tags: Board Meeting meeting Tags Views: 1173

Next weekend, ACSS will be holding a Board Meeting at the DoubleTree Hilton Anaheim in Orange, CA. On Friday afternoon September 21st, the Fiscal Committee, PAC & Legislative Committee, and the President's Forum will meet. On Saturday September 22nd, the Board Meeting will be held from 10am - 5pm.  ACSS members are welcome to attend and observe the Board Meeting. For more details about this event, visit the ACSS Events Calendar. Or, click here to view photos of previous ACSS Board Meetings.  


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ACSS Holds Board Meeting in Sacramento, Swears in New Chapter Officers

Posted: 7/25/2016 Tags: Board Meeting meeting Tags Views: 3006


ACSS President Frank Ruffino swears in Elena Yuasa (Chapter 513 President, on left) and Dionne Faulk (Chapter 511 Secretary-Treasurer, middle) to their new positions as ACSS Chapter Officers.

On July 23, 2016, ACSS held a Board Meeting in Sacramento. The Board moved motions to appoint a select number of Chapter Officers in some ACSS Chapters where there were vacancies. The new officers present at the meeting were sworn into office.

Chapter 504
    - Vice President – Kimisha Hall

Chapter 505
   - Secretary-Treasurer – Joseph Abhulimen

Chapter 511
   - Chapter President – Angel Ramsey
   - Vice President – Joseph Aiu
   - Secretary Treasurer – Dionne Faulk*

Chapter 513
   - Chapter President – Elena Yuasa*
   - Vice President – Alberto Covarrubias

*Sworn in at the Board Meeting.

In other business conducted at the meeting, the Political Action Committee (PAC) reviewed the results of the 2016 California Primary Election, held in June, and also recommended the Board approve additional candidates for endorsement. The Board approved the motion and ACSS now additionally endorses the following Legislative candidates:

  • AD 04 – Cecelia Aguiar-Curry (D)
  • AD 39 – Raul Bocanegra (D)
  • AD 48 – Blanca Rubio (D)
  • AD 66 – Al Muratsuchi (D)
  • SD 03 – Bill Dodd (D)
  • SD 07 – Steve Glazer (D)
  • SD 09 – Nancy Skinner (D)
  • SD 27 – Henry Stern (D)

The PAC Committee also presented information on a few propositions that will be appearing on the 2016 November ballot. Of these, ACSS discussed at length Prop 55 (The School Funding and Budget Stability Act of 2016). Prop 55 is a Prop 30 renewal that proposes to extend the tax increases for wealthy taxpayers and allocates those funds to public schools where school boards decide how the revenues are to be spent.

The next ACSS Board meeting is scheduled for September 30 – October 1, 2016.


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Next ACSS Board Meeting - Culver City on Jan 22-23, 2016

Posted: 11/3/2015 Tags: Board Meeting meeting Tags Views: 2840

The next ACSS Board of Directors meeting will be held in Culver City (Los Angeles) from January 22-23, 2016.  If you plan to attend, please make sure you secure your hotel registration by JANUARY 5, 2016!

(REMEMBER: In order to have your costs reimbursed you must have your Chapter President's approval prior to booking your room or attending. Once you have your president's approval, you may reserve your room.)

Click here for more details on this event.


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ACSS Board Meeting Slideshow - January 2015

Posted: 2/2/2015 Tags: Board Meeting Tags Views: 3256

Posted: 2/2/2015

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Click here to view photos from the most recent ACSS Board Meeting that took place on January 17, 2015.  The highlight of the meeting was guest speaker Toni Atkins, California Speaker of the Assembly. Board Member Bruce Lee from Chapter 502 retired and Suzanna Nye was sworn in as his replacement. Staff, Committees and Ted Toppin, or Legislative Correspondent from Blanning & Baker, presented informative reports to the Board.


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Open to the Public! Come to the ACSS Board Meeting.

Posted: 1/4/2015 Tags: Board Meeting Tags Views: 8212

Posted: 1/4/2014

The ACSS Board of Directors will meet on Saturday January 17th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley at 901 Camino Del Rio South in San Diego. This meeting is open to the public. You are invited to come and participate in the meeting. For more details, view the ACSS Events Calendar.


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