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Before you vote, get informed!

Posted: 11/2/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1631

Ready to head to the polls?

Make sure you take a look at ACSS' Advocacy page before you do to get information on key ballot measures and candidates' stances on issues that impact your career.


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Pension cuts more drastic than Brown let on

Posted: 10/31/2012 Tags: governor pension Tags Views: 1819

Your ACSS is working with CalHR and CalPERS to address any issues that may arise from the recently released PML regarding pension cuts.

On page two of the PML, CalHR states that current employees will be required to pay "at least 50% of the normal cost to fund the employee's retirement benefit." [Emphasis added by ACSS]

This is in direct contradiction with Gov. Brown's earlier statements re: his pension plan, which stated that he would work with current employees to increase their contribution up to 50%, not beyond.

Your ACSS labor relations team is working with CalHR now to address this issue and other potential problems with the cuts.


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ACSS Quarterly: Arriving soon!

Posted: 10/29/2012 Tags: election Lobby Day Tags Views: 1608

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of ACSS Quarterly, featuring articles on the General Election, political action, and more!

In the meantime, feel free to browse through last quarter's issue on our news page.


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Prop. 32 on the ropes

Posted: 10/25/2012 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 1501

According to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, some 53% of likely voters are joining ACSS and dozens of other organizations in voting NO on Prop. 32, the Special Exemptions Act.

As we approach the election, however, it is likely that our opposition - the folks who want to silence your voice in the Capitol and let corporations funnel massive amounts of money into politics - will renew their attacks.

Keep on spreading the word to your friends and family about voting NO on this poorly disguised anti-working class power grab.

Visit our Advocacy page for more information on Prop. 32


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Prison healthcare back in State control by 2014

Posted: 10/25/2012 Tags: health rights Tags Views: 1513

J. Clark Kelso, the federally appointed overseer of California's prison healthcare system, has stated that the State is on track to resume full control over operations by 2014.

Though the process of returning control to the State has just begun, Kelso has claimed he is already reducing his staff in preparation for his withdrawal.

Prior to his full withdrawal, Kelso will need to negotiate with the State to determine standards for measuring inmate care and how helathcare administration will be structured.

As always, your ACSS is committed to working with the State to ensure that your rights are not violated as the receivership comes to an end.


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ACSS secures large settlement for CHP supervisors

Posted: 10/19/2012 Tags: benefits rights salary Tags Views: 1728

Your ACSS Labor Relations team recently won a key settlement for CHP supervisors that were forced to work "on-call" without compensation dating back to 2010.

After two Public Safety Dispatch Supervisors II approached ACSS regarding CHP's practice of forcing them to work on-call without pay, ACSS filed a grievance with CHP.

The resulting settlement awarded the two supervisors six hundred hours each of compensatory time off, 360 of which will be in cash compensation as the maximum CTO amount permitted is 240 hours.

This settlement is just one example of the representation benefits that ACSS members enjoy. As always, we are dedicated to improving your career by ensuring that you are treated fairly and equitably.

Have a sneaking suspicion that your rights are being violated? Are you forced to work out of class or without pay? Contact your regional ACSS Labor Relations Representative today and find out if you're entitled to compensation.


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Ready to vote? See our Advocacy page for more info

Posted: 10/16/2012 Tags: election Tags Views: 1583

Need more information on the issues that will affect your career in the General Election?

Check out our Advocacy page to see ACSS' official stance on key ballot measures and candidates.


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Californians feel pension reform went too far

Posted: 10/5/2012 Tags: governor legislature pension Tags Views: 1807

1 in 5 Californians feels that the Legislature's newly implemented cuts to state employee pensions "went too far", according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by the University of Southern California and the L.A. Times, saw about 33% of respondents state that this round of pension attacks was "a good balance".

Gov. Brown claimed that the drastic cuts to the pension system, including raising the retirement age and employees' contribution rates, were not enough, and he has pledged to renew his assault on your modest benefits.


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Prop. 30 campaign rolls out new commercials

Posted: 10/3/2012 Tags: election governor layoff Tags Views: 2146

The campaign for Gov. Brown's proposed revenue increases - Prop. 30 - has released a series of new campaign ads.

The ads, several of which feature State Controller John Chiang, primarily highlight the accountability of the revenue boosts.

ACSS is urging all state supervisors and managers to vote YES on Prop. 30 not only to prevent some $6 billion in cuts, but to avoid further layoffs and reductions in benefits.

Take a look at the embedded video below to see the first of the YES on 30 ads, or find more in this Sac Bee article.


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FAQs about CDCR's Cell Phone Blocker

Posted: 9/27/2012 Tags: prison Tags Views: 3598

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) plans to implement a Managed Access System (MAS) at Avenal State Prison on or about October 1, 2012. According to CDCR, an MAS is "a system which deploys a secure cellular umbrella over a specified area generally within the bounds of a facility, to either permit or interfere with transmissions from mobile wireless devices."

The MAS test phase at ASP will run from approximately October 1st through October 15th. At the end of the test phase, ASP will go live with MAS. CDCR eventually will be implementing the MAS at all institutions statewide.

On September 25, 2012, ACSS conducted a meet and confer with CDCR Labor Relations staff and MAS subject matter experts to ensure that your career will remain productive and protected.

Click through to read more about the MAS and how it will be implemented.


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