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Success at ACSS Lobby Day 2017!



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On March 14, 2017, 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 114 members in attendance. Thanks to the dedicated members who attended, our presence at the Capitol was visible and our voices were clearly heard!

For 17 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 and we asked for support of Assembly Bill 52 (Public employees - Orientation and informational programs, written by Jim Cooper, AD 09). Lawmakers listened to our message and acknowledged our concerns.

ACSS thanks the attendees who helped make ACSS Lobby Day 2017 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.


Assm. Freddy Rodriguez (AD 52) meets with the ACSS Executive Committee after delivering a speech at the Lobby Day Training presentation.



A group of ACSS members meets with CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan (SD 06) on Lobby Day.



From left, ACSS Members Brian Adams, Rolinda Gomez, Abdou Lyagarou, and Brett Blaydes prepare for their meeting with their Legislator.



ACSS President Frank Ruffino and ACSS Vice President Elnora Fretwell socializing with CA State Senator Steven Bradford at the ACSS Ice Cream Social event.


Please check back at the Lobby Day webpage at a later date to view a gallery of all 2017 Lobby Day photos - coming soon!


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ACSS Encourages You to Vote in the CA Primary on June 7th!

Posted: 6/3/2016 Tags: election events politics Tags Views: 2565

Your vote matters!

Don’t forget to get out and vote in the California Primary Election on Tuesday June 7th! Help support ACSS’ Endorsed Candidates with your vote in the June Primary. Supporting these candidates and donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee are simple things you can do to ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Resolving salary compaction
  • Protecting pensions
  • Ensuring fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and confidential state employees
  • And more!

On June 7th, please vote and help ACSS Endorsed Candidates cross the finish line in these critical seats. Every vote counts!


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ACSS is Your Voice in California State Politics

Posted: 3/4/2016 Tags: legislation PAC politics Tags Views: 2741


ACSS Executive Board Members at the 2016 California Democratic Convention on February 26-28.

ACSS maintains an active political program dedicated to improving the careers and compensation of excluded employees. A highlight of ACSS’ involvement in recent state politics is our attendance and sponsorship at the California Democratic Convention on February 26-28, 2016, in San Jose. The ACSS Executive Board took advantage of many opportunities to speak with influential legislators including CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and our AB 2735 Bill Sponsor Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AD 59). Throughout the Convention weekend event, ACSS spoke with several of California’s most revered democratic leaders to bring ACSS’ message to the table, on behalf of members.

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ACSS Attends 2015 CA Democratic Convention

Posted: 6/10/2015 Tags: politics Tags Views: 2868

 

ACSS wrapped up the 2015 CA Democratic Convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The convention was held in Anaheim, CA (May 15-17, 2015).  There were three days of speeches, rallies, workshops, and important elections. Speakers at this year’s convention included Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Barney Frank (Ret.), CA Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, CA Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon and many other public officials.  ACSS' Political Team met  with many leaders from all levels of state government.

"It was an exciting time to be in Anaheim at the California Democratic Party Convention and to further advance the ACSS plight!” commented Frank Ruffino, ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs.

From left, Todd D'Braunstein (ACSS VP of Membership Development), Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President), Michael Eggman (Congressional Candidate, 10th District), Susan Eggman (AD 13), Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs).


From left Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs), Shirley Weber (AD 79), Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President), Mark Leno (SD 11), Todd D'Braunstein (ACSS VP of Membership Development).


Frank Ruffino (ACSS VP of Governmental Affairs) chats with Alex Padilla (CA Secretary of State).


Elnora Fretwell (ACSS Vice President) gets a signature from Kamala Harris (ACSS Attorney General).


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ACSS Walks for Senate Candidate Joan Buchanan

Posted: 3/18/2015 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 2933

Posted: 3/18/2015


From left, Nicholas Mraovich, Frank Ruffino, Senate Candidate Joan Buchanan, Reynold Roth, Joaquin Murphy and Michael Bonner.

On March 14th, under the leadership of Frank Ruffino, VP of Governmental Affairs, a team including ACSS PAC Chair Reynold Roth and member activists Joaquin Murphy, Michael Bonner and Nicholas Mraovich attended Joan Buchanan's "Get Out the Vote" Rally in San Ramon and then walked precincts to deliver lawn signs in Livermore. At the end of the day Buchanan thanked ACSS for our work on her behalf. Buchanan has been a long-time supporter of ACSS's issues.

On March 17, 2015, the special election for Senate District 7 took place. Unfortunately after the votes were counted, she placed 3rd (with 22.6%) behind Susan Bonilla (24.9%) and Steve Glazer (32.8%). Bonilla and Glazer advance as the top two candidates and will appear on the ballot in the November General Election. ACSS is proud to have supported Buchanan in her tireless efforts on behalf of our members over the past years.


Frank Ruffino and Reynold Roth delivering lawn signs in support of Buchanan.


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