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Rank and File reach a Tentative Agreement and Pay Raise – How this Affects Excluded Employees

Posted: 12/5/2016 Tags: bargaining policy retirement salary Tags Views: 5168

Over the past month, ACSS has followed the bargaining between California’s largest union of state employees (SEIU Local 1000) and the State of California over a new contract. We have also been following the reports on the possibility of a strike and how the State of California sought to halt the potentially disruptive strike by seeking an injunction against SEIU Local 1000 employees. The Brown administration has been arguing that the potential strike would be illegal because of the no-strike clause. On Friday December 2nd, 2016, SEIU Local 1000 announced that the strike, set for December 5th, had been called off.

Over the weekend, a tentative agreement had been reportedly reached between L1000 and the state. As reported by SEIU Local 1000, the new tentative agreement includes:

  • A $2,500 one-time signing bonus
  • 11.5% GSI total spread over 3 years: 4% effective 7/1/2017, 4% GSI effective 7/1/2018 and 3.5% GSI effective 7/1/2019.
  • Only 2.3% total in prefunding contributions for retirement health benefits over those 3 years
  • Special salary adjustments in over 30 classifications

ACSS will review and analyze the tentative agreement. We plan to reach out to CalHR to discuss the impact of this potential agreement on excluded employees related to SEIU Bargaining Units. ACSS is following this issue closely and will continue to bring updates to managers and supervisors who may be affected by it.


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Legislative Analyst’s Office Predicts Uncertainty Yet Preparedness in Future Budget Outlook

Posted: 11/18/2016 Tags: budget legislation Tags Views: 1468

On November 16, 2016, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a comprehensive report on the assessment of the condition of the California economy and budget over the 2016-17 through 2020-2021 period. While the report predicts unpredictable economic conditions ahead, the report also provides a positive budget outlook and describes how the state is prepared to withstand a mild recession in the future.

Assuming that the state makes no additional budget commitments, the report estimates the state would end up with a decent amount of reserves. Of the $11.5 billion in estimated reserves, $2.8 billion would be set aside for discretionary reserves, which the Legislature can appropriate for any purpose.

In the event of a mild economic downturn scenario, the LAO estimates the state would have enough reserves to cover almost all of its operating deficits through 2020-21 without cutting spending or raising taxes.

These estimates are under the assumptions that the state does not make any changes in current policies or programs during the outlook period, and assumes no new changes in federal policy. The future is uncertain and any unforeseen future changes could have significant impact on the budget outlook.

>>Click here to read the full report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office on the Budget Outlook.


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ACSS Endorsed Candidates – Election Results November 2016

Posted: 11/10/2016 Tags: election legislation legislature politics Tags Views: 1621

ACSS Legislative Analyst Ted Toppin describes the results of the election in regards to ACSS-Endorsed Candidates. Overall, our ACSS-Endorsed Candidates had a tremendous amount of success.

For ACSS, the state election results were pretty spectacular. The ACSS-endorsed legislative candidate won in 80 of the 82 races in which ACSS took a position. The one ACSS-supported ballot measure – Proposition 55 (Tax Extension for Education) – passed easily.

In the Assembly, the ACSS candidate won in 63 races and lost in two. In contested open seat contests, ACSS was 7-0, including wins in hard fought victories by Jordan Cunningham (R-Central Coast) in AD 35, Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley) in AD 39, and Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) in AD 66.

The two losses were those of incumbent legislators facing serious challenges. In AD 47, incumbent Democrat Cheryl Brown (San Bernardino) lost a tight race to a challenger from her own party who accused her of not acting like a Democrat. In AD 60, ACSS- endorsed Asm. Eric Linder (R-Corona) lost to a Democrat in a suburban Riverside County seat that increasingly votes Democratic.

The 17 state Senate candidates endorsed by ACSS all prevailed. In open seat races, ACSS was 7-0. This includes races in which the ACSS Democratic candidate had to beat another Democrat: Bill Dodd in SD 3 (Napa), Nancy Skinner in SD 9 (East Bay), and Steven Bradford in SD 35 (Gardena). In what were considered three of the bigger partisan Senate face-offs, the ACSS candidate won in each: Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) in SD 21, Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) in SD 25, and Henry Stern (D-Thousand Oaks) in SD 27.

>> Click here to view complete election results for ACSS-endorsed candidates. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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ACSS Continues Communication with CalHR

Posted: 11/9/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation salary Tags Views: 1817

On Monday November 7th, ACSS met with CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. Gillihan informed ACSS of staffing changes within CalHR for the position responsible for labor relations of excluded state employees. The current labor relations representative, Steven Booth, will be leaving the position and CalHR will be filling the vacancy with a new employee soon.

In addition, Pam Manwiller, Deputy Director of Labor Relations, notified us that an additional pay letter will be released soon in regards to excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2. Manwiller says the new pay letter "corrects things that were missed in previous pay letters".

ACSS President Frank Ruffino noted, “Although much works remains to be done, We're grateful to the Governor and CalHR for their effort and time in addressing our issues.”

ACSS and CalHR continue to work together to improve and resolve the issues affecting excluded employees. As always, ACSS will keep you informed on any updates.


*** UPDATE: January 5, 2017 - Pay Letter 16-19A-2 ***

On January 5, 2017, CalHR Released Pay letter 16-19A, which is an update on Special Salary Adjustments for excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2. 

>> Click here to download Pay Letter 16-19A-2


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Pensions in the News

Posted: 11/4/2016 Tags: benefits pension retirement Tags Views: 2064

ACSS fights to protect your pension and to provide members with relevant news for excluded state employees in regards to pension protection. Below are some informative and insightful recent publications that report on the current pension protection issue in California:

Jerry Brown touted his pension reforms as a game-changer. But they’ve done little to rein in costs
(October 28, 2016 - LA Times)

Generous pensions: Will the courts give government a way out?
(October 30, 2016 - San Jose Mercury News)

Marin ‘pension spiking’ appeal draws national attention
(October 30, 2016 - Marin Independent Journal)


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Incentives for DDS Excluded Employees Facing Department Closures

Posted: 10/27/2016 Tags: benefits jobs layoff legislation meeting policy salary Tags Views: 1968

CalHR will implement substantial retention incentives for managers and supervisors of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) who are facing closures of some DDS facilities. A Meet and Confer meeting between ACSS, DSS and CalHR was held on October 24th, 2016. After serious consideration of ACSS’ input on behalf of excluded employees, DDS will provide impacted employees with a stipend of up to $6,000 for the period worked from July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018 or closure (whichever comes first).

Click on the links below to read more details about each facility closure:

*Please be aware that not all Porterville GTA employees will receive the stipend. Only those positions that are slated for termination with closure will accrue the stipend. ACSS will provide an update when notice is received regarding which GTA positions will not be affected by the closure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative. Click here for contact information for the ACSS Representative near you.


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General Salary Increase and Special Salary Adjustment for Attorneys and Hearing Officers (BU2)

Posted: 10/17/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation representation salary Tags Views: 2336

On October 11, 2016, Cal HR released Pay Letter 16-19, and later released Pay Letter 16-19A on October 13, regarding General Salary Raises (GSI) and Special Salary Adjustments (SSA) to excluded employees related to Bargaining Unit 2 (Attorneys and Hearing Officers).

M02 and S02 –

  • Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) for all classes designated M02, S02 and supervisory ranges in U02. (See page 7 of Pay Letter 16-19 for details.)

In addition to the GSI mentioned above, there were many classes within M02 and S02 that received Special Salary Adjustments (SSA). Effective October 1, 2016, CalHR approved a 1% Special Salary Adjustment to the maximum of the class, for all classes designated M02 and S02 in Pay Letter 16-19 and Pay Letter 16-19A. In addition, all employees designated M02 and S02 shall receive a 1% increase, including employees who separated from state service prior to October 1, 2016, and have lump sum payments that extend beyond October 1, 2016. The lump sum payments shall be adjusted to reflect the above salary increase.

Below are some of the notable classes that received SSAs in this Pay Letter:

  • Class 5703 – Supervising Deputy Attorney General – 4.96% SSA
  • Class 5871 – Assistant Chief Counsel – 14.99% SSA
  • Class 5872 – Chief Counsel I, C.E.A. – 17.41% SSA
  • Class 5873 – Chief Counsel II, C.E.A. – 17.57% SSA
  • Class 6088 – Presiding Administrative Law Judge – 5% SSA

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19.

>> Click here to read details of Special Salary Adjustments for additional classes in Pay Letter 16-19A.

ACSS will continue to advocate for additional special salary adjustments for excluded employees associated with BU02. As more information is available, we will make sure to pass that on.


Update: October 18, 2016

CalHR Releases Pay Letter 16-19B - Correction on Section 14 Differentials for Attorneys


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Changes in Leadership Training and Development for Excluded Employees

Posted: 10/14/2016 Tags: legislation policy representation training Tags Views: 1834

On October 7, 2016, CalHR released PML 2016-028 in regards to changes in leadership training for excluded employees. As part of the Civil Service Improvement initiative, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 848 into law on June 27, 2016 which intends to simplify, streamline and improve civil service employment. SB 848 includes amendments to leadership training for managers and supervisors.

SB 848:

  • Amends the strategy for continually advancing employee skills and authorizes CalHR to prescribe policy guidance for administering statewide training.
  • Amends training requirements for Government Leaders by requiring 80 hours of training to be successfully completed within 6 months of initial appointment, but no later than the end of the probationary period. On-The-Job-Training (OJT) will no longer be allowed as a portion of the required supervisory training.
  • Adds new training requirements for management and Career Executive Assignment (CEA) employees:
      o Managers will be provided 40 hours leadership training and development.
      o CEAs will be provided 20 hours leadership training and development.
      o Training must be completed within 12 months of initial appointment.
      o Supervisors, managers and CEAs are required to complete 20 hours of leadership training and development every two years.
  • Requires leadership training and development to be documented.

PML 2016-28 also includes changes to rules on exempt return rights, leave overpayments and Limited Expansion and Appointment Program (LEAP).

>> Click here to read more about the details of PML 2016-28.


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Additional Updates for Salary and Pay Adjustments for Excluded Employees

Posted: 10/7/2016 Tags: benefits legislation pension representation retirement salary Tags Views: 25473

BU02 Retirement Contribution

On September 30, 2016, CalHR released PML-025 in regards to Retirement Contribution Increases for Excluded Employees Affiliated with Bargaining Unit 2.

>> Click here to read more...

Pay increases and adjustments - BU07

On October 5, 2016, Cal HR released Pay Letter 16-18 regarding pay increases for excluded employees associated with Bargaining Unit 7 (Protective Services and Public Safety):

>> Click here to read more...

Prefunding Implementation M06 and S06

On October 6, 2016, CalHR released PML-027 in regards to Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Prefunding Implementation.

>> Click here to read more...


ACSS will continue to follow up and advocate for additional special salary adjustments on behalf of excluded employees related to all other bargaining units across the state.


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BREAKING NEWS: Excluded Employees Receive Sweeping Salary Increases

Posted: 9/21/2016 Tags: benefits legislation representation salary Tags Views: 12529

BREAKING NEWS: Excluded Employees Receive Sweeping Salary Increases

As a result of ACSS’ relentless advocacy efforts, we are announcing a huge victory for state excluded employees. Multiple-year general salary increases for all excluded state employees have been granted and guaranteed by CalHR. ACSS has worked tirelessly in numerous productive meetings with CalHR to reach this milestone and is proud to finally bring this announcement to you.

On September 19th, 2016, CalHR released a PML memo officially informing that the following managerial, supervisory, and other excluded employee designations will receive a 3% General Salary Increase (GSI) effective on October 1, 2016:

  • Exempt or Managerial – M/E59/E79/E99
  • Supervisory – S/E48/E58/E78/E98
  • Confidential and otherwise excluded from bargaining – C/E67/E77/E97

In addition to the GSI, these designations will also begin equally sharing the cost of prefunding retiree healthcare benefits, also known as Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB). OPEB prefunding will begin on July 1, 2017 and will be phased in over a 3 year period. In addition, these designations will also receive an additional GSI on July 1, 2017, as requested by ACSS, to assist with offsetting the OPEB prefunding deductions. GSIs after 2017 will be revealed at a later date.

Excluded employees tied to the following Bargaining Units are NOT covered in this PML memo (because CalHR has already given them a separate pay letter on a previous date):

  • Bargaining Unit 2* (Attorneys and Administrative Law Judges)
  • Bargaining Unit 5 (Highway Patrol)
  • Bargaining Unit 6 (Corrections)
  • Bargaining Unit 7* (Protective Services and Public Safety)
  • Bargaining Unit 9 (Professional Engineers)
  • Bargaining Unit 10 (Professional Scientific)

*NOTE: Bargaining Unit 2 and Bargaining Unit 7 Pay Letters have not been release yet and are coming soon.

“This is a positive first step. Rest assured that ACSS is fighting to make sure excluded employees receive pay and benefit improvements that are equitable,” ACSS President Frank Ruffino commented. ACSS is advocating on your behalf for CalHR to provide salary increases for ALL of the excluded employees not addressed in this announcement. We will continue to work with CalHR to resolve the remaining issues regarding salary compaction and pay equity for excluded employees.

  >> Click here to read the full text of PML-2016-023.


Update: October 13, 2016

Pay Letter 16-20 -- CalHR Releases a Summary of revisions and updates to pay scales in regards to General Salary Increases. Specific classes are listed in detail in this Pay Letter.


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