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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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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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Lobby Day 2019 Was a Huge Success!

Posted: 3/15/2019 Tags: legislation Lobby Day meeting Tags Views: 1927


On March 6th, 2019, ACSS members marched into the Capitol and met with legislators to discuss important issues affecting managers, supervisors and confidential state employees. Lobby Day was a resounding success with 44 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard! For 19 consecutive years, ACSS members have participated in Lobby Day to deliver the ACSS message in person to Assemblymembers and Senators.

This year, we continued to lobby for the resolution of salary compaction. Salary compaction continues to harm California state government operations and ACSS is committed to fixing unaddressed compaction problems by encouraging legislative support for this issue. Also, we asked for support of Assembly Bill 271 (Pay Equity for All State Employees, written by Jim Cooper, AD 09). AB 271 will ensure that California state employees are paid equally and appropriately for performing substantially similar work functions. And lastly, ACSS continues to protect pensions for excluded employees. We are dedicated to the sustainability of CalPERS, but we urged lawmakers to oppose legislative efforts that encourage the state to abandon pension promises or replace defined benefits with alternative savings plans that do not provide retirement security to public servants. Lawmakers listened to our message and acknowledged our concerns.

ACSS thanks the attendees who helped make ACSS Lobby Day 2019 a huge success. Over the years, ACSS has worked hard and progressed to make our presence known, and is now a well-recognized association that lawmakers pay attention to, thanks in part to the efforts of members who attend Lobby Day.

Click here to view all Lobby Day 2019 photos.


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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 Member Appreciation Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 11/27/2018 Tags: chapters meeting Tags Views: 1427

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 and CalHR Discuss Salary and Benefit Improvements

Posted: 10/4/2018 Tags: bargaining benefits legislation meeting policy representation Tags Views: 2979

On October 1, 2018, CalHR Acting Director Adria Jenkins-Jones met with ACSS President Frank Ruffino, ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster, ACSS Director of Representation Nellie Lynn and ACSS Legislative Advocate Ted Toppin to discuss improvements to the salary and benefits of excluded state employees.

“It was a pleasure to meet with the Association of California State Supervisors, and I look forward to working with ACSS as CalHR’s Acting Director,” Adria Jenkins-Jones said. “I have enormous respect and appreciation for the state’s managers and supervisors and the jobs they do. They drive California state government and ensure that we fulfill our mission to serve the public.”

ACSS acknowledged the progress made under the Brown administration and previous CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. In addition to General Salary Increases in 2017 and 2018, the Administration provided excluded employees a 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective on October 1, 2016, as well as various special salary adjustments to address salary compaction. The October 2016 GSI was a departure from previous practice by providing excluded employees a GSI before several rank and file Unions reached collective bargaining agreements. ACSS is committed to continuing to work with CalHR and the next administration to ensure excluded employees receive equitable and appropriate salary and benefit improvements.

ACSS advocated for a minimum 10% pay differential between excluded employees and their staff. We also provided salary data supporting ACSS’ request for special salary adjustments for various excluded classifications to address salary compaction and pay parity for excluded employees.

Additionally, we advocated for salary increases for excluded employees related to bargaining units 06, 09 and 10. Rank and File employees in those units recently reached new labor contracts (called Memorandum of Understanding or MOUs) with salary increases, in which ACSS urged CalHR to pass on those benefits to excluded employees.

In addition, ACSS reiterated a request for disability insurance benefit improvements and paid family leave. CalHR confirmed they will notice and meet with ACSS under the Meet and Confer process on a proposal to provide state managers and supervisors with paid family leave benefits by July 2019. Governor Brown’s veto message on ACSS supported AB 3145 revealed plans to provide paid family leave benefits for excluded state employees.

More information on AB 3145 and paid family leave can be found here.

As always, ACSS will provide updates as information is available about specific salary and benefit improvements for excluded employees.


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In Case You Missed It - ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter

Posted: 9/28/2018 Tags: election meeting Tags Views: 1372

The ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter focused on the 12th Delegate Assembly in July of 2018. Get the inside scoop on the meetings, resolutions, elections and celebrations during the triennial event. In addition, read the special content on why Gavin Newsom is ACSS' choice for Governor in the upcoming Gubernatorial election. Download your copy of the Q3 Quarterly Newsletter today!  Or, click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly publication. 


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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 met with the Newly Formed California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)

Posted: 9/29/2017 Tags: meeting politics Tags Views: 2797

On September 15th, 2017, ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Assistant Director of Representation Nellie Lynn met with Director Nicolas Maduros from the newly formed California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). Ruffino said the meeting was positive and was pleased to start building a relationship with Maduros and this new department.

Director Maduros commented, “It's a rare opportunity to stand up a newly-restructured government department. We're focused on creating a 21st century tax agency that's a model for the nation. Additionally, we're committed to making CDTFA one of the best places to work in state government. Neither of those goals can be realized without the dedication, experience and wisdom of our supervisors. I'm looking forward to working with the entire team, including our many supervisors in ACSS, to build a CDTFA of which we can all be proud."

ACSS is committed to working cooperatively with the Administration and CDFTA through this transition period and beyond. We are also addressing the concerns faced by excluded employees remaining with BOE and those transitioning to CDFTA.

After the meeting, Ruffino mentioned, “The director is committed to working with us. He is new to California, but not new to government operations. It is fantastic that he agreed to meet with ACSS promptly. The meeting was productive and we look forward to working with Director Maduros and the Administration.”


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