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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: 2352

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.

 >>Read the full SacBee article for details...


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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: 2555

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: 3525

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: 4170

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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What does the $15 minimum wage mean for state workers?


CalHR Committed to Continuing Efforts to Resolve Salary Compaction

Posted: 3/18/2016 Tags: bargaining benefits compaction legislation pension policy retirement Tags Views: 3223

Bottom Line on the Budget: Administration Drops the HSA and Other Trailer Bill Objectives

Posted: 6/5/2015 Tags: bargaining budget health policy retirement Tags Views: 2786

ACSS has consistently pushed back on the “equal sharing” (50/50) of costs between employee and the state for funding retiree healthcare. We are pleased to report that on Friday June 5, the Administration agreed to drop language in the trailer bill requiring equal sharing of costs for retiree healthcare (as defined in Section 11 of the amended trailer bill). ACSS was concerned that 50/50 cost sharing would be implemented statutorily. We are declaring victory that this item is NOT becoming statue and is being dropped altogether from the budget. The Legislature has been supportive of our request to keep health care proposals out of state budget trailer bill language completely.

In addition, this week the Brown Administration tossed out the CalPERS high deductible health care plan. The Administration realized that without a high deductible plan, there is little use for an HSA. In addition, the Administration also removed some trailer bill language that applies to new hire’s formula for retiree healthcare plans, increases the vesting period for new hires, and removes some language in reference to Medicare reimbursements. The Administration has decided to drop these objectives from the budget and instead, pursue them in bargaining. Battling it out with the bargaining units may take months, which means that implementation for managers and supervisors may be drawn out even further.

The amended trailer bill language:

  • requires verification of eligible health care plan participants
  • defines, in more detail, the prefunding of employee contributions
  • lists requirements that CalPERS report to the Department of Finance on costs and status of health care plans
  • sets a lock on the state retiree health account until 2046

At this point, we can conclude that these objectives are the bottom line adjustments to the budget from the Administration.


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Are you a CDCR Employee impacted by the PREA policy modification?

Posted: 5/1/2015 Tags: bargaining meeting policy rights Tags Views: 2752

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) notified the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) of its intent to modify the existing policy and procedures to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) effective June 1, 2015. The modifications includes changes to the DOM as well as several new and revised CDCR Forms. Click here to view a copy of the notice to ACSS. All CDCR DAI staff will receive training on the updated PREA policy and procedures. This will also impact CCHCS staff. The proposed modifications may impact your working conditions.

To preserve your rights and address the concerns of our members, ACSS requested a meet and confer with CDCR and CCHCS. Under the Bill of Rights for State Excluded Employees Government Code Section 3533 a “Meet and Confer” means that the state employer shall consider as fully as it deems reasonable, such presentations as are made by ACSS - the verified supervisory employee organization - on behalf of its supervisory members prior to arriving at a determination of policy or course of action.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PREA modifications that you would like ACSS to address, please contact Nellie Lynn, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation via email at nlynn@ACSS.org by May 8, 2015. Your thoughts and input regarding these proposed modifications are important to ensure that the concerns of all impacted members are addressed.


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PIA will allow leave buyback

Posted: 5/2/2014 Tags: bargaining leave Tags Views: 2116

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) has announced that it will participate in the leave buy back program for excluded employees.

Eligible CALPIA supervisors, managers, confidential, or otherwise excluded from bargaining employees can take a one-time cash out of certain leaves up to 20 hours.


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Get paid for your leave credit

Posted: 4/3/2014 Tags: bargaining leave Tags Views: 2381

CalHR has released a PML detailing a Buy-Back program that allows eligible state excluded employees to get paid for unused leave credits as early as May 1, 2014.


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