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Don’t Forget to Vote in the California Primary Election! Polls Close at 8pm on Tuesday June 7th.

Posted: 6/6/2022 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 281

Voting centers are open now! Make sure to cast your vote in one of these ways:

  • Mail your ballot. Drop your ballot in your mailbox or at your local post office, ballots will be accepted if your ballot is postmarked by June 7th.
  • Drop off your ballot at a designated ballot drop box before 8pm on June 7th. To find a ballot box near you, click here.
  • Vote in-person at a voting center by June 7, 2022. To find a polling place near you, click here. Polling places close at 8pm on Tuesday June 7th, 2022.

After you cast your vote, you can track your ballot here.

Candidate Endorsements and the PAC
ACSS has done a thorough job researching, interviewing and supporting legislative candidates that are best-suited to benefit Excluded Employees. To view the official list of ACSS-Endorsed Candidates in the Assembly, Senate, and Executive branches, visit our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. In addition, donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) helps ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Resolving salary compaction
  • Protecting Pensions
  • and ensuring fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees

Your Vote Matters!
As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Visit the California Voter Guide for more information on the California Primary Election.


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California’s Primary Election is coming up on Tuesday, June 7th 2022

Posted: 5/6/2022 Tags: election PAC politics Tags Views: 376

Voting and Ballot Information
By now, you should have already received your Voter Information Packet in the mail. Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots out on May 9th, 2022. Voting centers open on May 28th 2022. The last day to register to vote in the June 7th Primary Election is May 23rd, 2022. To register to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration page. Make sure to mail in your ballot or vote in-person at a voting center by June 7, 2022. Your vote matters!

Candidate Endorsements and the PAC
ACSS has done a thorough job researching, interviewing and supporting legislative candidates that are best-suited to benefit Excluded Employees. On April 23, 2022 the ACSS Board of Directors met virtually where they unanimously approved a motion to endorse a thorough list of qualified candidates in the Assembly, Senate and Executive branches. To view the ACSS-Endorsed Candidates, visit our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. If you would like to help candidates in your area, we have provided their contact website to make it easy for you. In addition, donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) helps ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

  • Resolving salary compaction
  • Protecting Pensions
  • and ensuring fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees

Your Vote Matters!
As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Visit the California Voter Guide for more information on the California Primary Election.


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ACSS 13th Delegate Assembly was a Huge Success!

Posted: 10/15/2021 Tags: election events Tags Views: 800

Despite the pandemic, ACSS hosted a successful in-person 3-day event at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on October 8-10th. ACSS held its 13th triennial Delegate Assembly to review Association business and elect the Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

Saturday's Delegate Assembly session was an opportunity for the elected Delegates to elect the ACSS Board of Directors who serve a three-year term. In addition, newly elected Chapter Presidents and Chapter Officers were sworn-in and took the oath of office to serve for the three year term. Saturday evening featured a dinner celebration that was enjoyed by all. On Sunday, ACSS held a Board Meeting where the Board of Directors elected Board Members to serve on the Statewide Executive Committee. They were sworn into office by ACSS Past President Frank Ruffino.

The newly elected Statewide Executive Committee is:
President – Todd D’Braunstein
Vice President – Michael Bonner
VP of Governmental Affairs – Christina Shupe
VP of Membership Development – Tina Allen
Secretary/Treasurer(By appointment)

Congratulations to all the newly elected Chapter Officers, Delegates, Board of Directors and Executive Committee! ACSS Delegate Assembly 2021 was a huge success. 

Click here to read the President’s Report.


ACSS Delegate Assembly attendees.


Executive Board Members (left to right) Tina Allen, Todd D'Braunstein, Michael Bonner, Christina Shupe.


Board Members (top left to right) Glenn Ilustrisimo, Millie Barajas, Nina Thomas, Lynn White, Suzanna Nye, Barbara Krantz, Vincent Santucci. (Bottom row left to right) Janice Nishimoto, Tina Allen, Todd D'Braunstein, Michael Bonner, Christina Shupe, Lynn Medart.


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CalPERS Member-At-Large Election Results – ACSS-Endorsed Candidates Win!

Posted: 10/1/2021 Tags: benefits election retirement Tags Views: 652

David Miller and Jose Luis Pacheco have been declared the unofficial election winners for the two Member-at-Large seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration. ACSS has continually supported these candidates and thanks ACSS members who voted in the CalPERS election in support of Miller and Pacheco.

Miller received 72.6% of the votes cast for Position A and Pacheco received 61.7% for Position B. The four-year term of office begins January 16, 2022, and concludes on January 15, 2026. The 13-member CalPERS Board sets policy for retirement and health benefits on behalf of California public employers, and their active and retired employees. The board also oversees asset allocation of the pension fund's investments.

We are pleased with these results and we are confident that these candidates will work hard to protect your rightful pension and retirement benefits in the future.


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Now that we Prevailed in the Recall, Vote in the CalPERS Election!

Posted: 9/16/2021 Tags: benefits election salary Tags Views: 528

Governor Newsom has prevailed against the recall efforts, and by a record margin. While a small number of ballots are still being tabulated, it was clear almost immediately after polls closed that the Californian voters overwhelmingly supported the Governor and soundly rejected the recall effort.

Pleased with the results, ACSS President Todd D’Braunstein said, “I want to thank all ACSS members who participated in the special election and supported Governor Newsom against the recall. Opposing the recall is an important step in keeping Californians safe against the spread of coronavirus and protecting the rights of workers. In continuing with protecting your overall benefits and retirement, don’t forget to participate in the ongoing CalPERS election.”

In the CalPERS Member-at-Large Election, ACSS supports candidates David Miller and Jose Luis Pacheco for Seat A and Seat B, respectively. ACSS believes these candidates will work hard to protect your pension and ensure you receive your rightful retirement benefits with security and dignity. We encourage you to participate in the CalPERS Member-at-Large election by turning in your ballot before September 27, 2021. To learn more about the CalPERS election, click here.


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Don’t Forget to Vote in the Upcoming Special Election!

Posted: 9/10/2021 Tags: election Tags Views: 512

ACSS supports Governor Newsom and we encourage a “NO” vote in the recall election. Take action to ensure that we retain a leader in office that supports resolving salary compaction and protecting your hard-earned pension. Make sure you mail in your ballot (post-marked) before Tuesday September 14th or vote in-person on Tuesday September 14th to make your voice heard!

Yesterday Kamala Harris stood by Governor Newsom in a rally in San Leandro to support the Governor and protest the recall effort. Harris praised Newsom’s COVID-19 policies by saying he “led with courage” during the early days of the pandemic in locking down California ahead of the rest of the country to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

If Newsom is recalled, the long list of replacement candidates could work against the best interests of ACSS members by threatening your hard-earned pension and future compensation. In addition, some candidates may roll back Newsom’s COVID-19 policies, which keep Californians safe. Todd D’Braunstein, President of ACSS, stated, “Not only is it clear that candidates opposing Newsom are anti-pension and anti-labor, it is clear that a NO on the recall is a YES to preserving your pension and ensuring your rightful compensation.”

While recent polls show Newsom is slightly in favor, he still needs your support. Don’t forget to mail in your ballot on or before September 14th! We stand by Governor Newsom and we strongly encourage ACSS members to do the same to ensure your rights, pension, and best interests are protected.

Here are some additional guides and helpful information regarding the Recall Election


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Vote Now in the CalPERS Board of Administration Member-at-Large Election!

Posted: 8/31/2021 Tags: benefits election pension retirement Tags Views: 710

ACSS endorses David Miller and Jose Luis Pacheco for CalPERS Board Seat A and Seat B, respectively, in the 2021 CalPERS Board of Administration Member-at-Large Election.

David Miller, a leader in the California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS –Bargaining Unit 10), promises to protect pensions, maximize investment returns, improve health care benefits, and restore integrity for the voice of all CalPERS members.

Jose Luis Pacheco has a long history of union member involvement and currently serves as Chapter President of CSEA Chapter 363 in San Jose. Pacheco strongly supports the labor movement, and wants to protect defined benefits and healthcare to allow state workers to retire with rightful security and dignity.

Voting is now open! Ballots for the Election were mailed to eligible voters on August 27, 2021, and will arrive in your mailbox in a blue envelope. Inside the blue envelope you will find three items:

  • Your Candidate Statement Voter Pamphlet – which provides information about the candidates and how to vote. The how-to-vote information is especially important if you haven’t tried the latest online and telephone voting options. These options allow you to cast your vote in seconds from anywhere.
  • Your ballot card – that includes a detachable paper ballot and unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you will need if you are voting online or by phone.
  • A return envelope – if you are voting by mail, use the detachable paper ballot in your blue envelope, place your completed ballot in the postage-paid return envelope, sign the perjury statement on the back of the return envelope, and drop it in the U.S. mail. All paper ballots must be received by September 27 to be counted.

The voting period is August 27 through September 27. Your vote must be received by mail, telephone, or online by 11:59 p.m. PST on September 27, or it won't be counted. If you mail your ballot, don’t forget to sign the ballot.

If you do not receive your ballot by September 3 or need a replacement ballot, please call 877-610-8637.

ACSS supports these candidates and we encourage you to cast your vote in the CalPERS Board of Administration Member-at-Large Election.


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Nominate Yourself as an ACSS Board Member

Posted: 8/24/2021 Tags: Board Meeting election events Tags Views: 571

Your leadership and your voice matter!
Board members have the unique experience of being at the center of ACSS and are vital for the future success of ACSS.

A position on the ACSS Board of Directors can be a rewarding experience and will help advance your leadership skills. The time expectation for this three-year term are minimal by attending the ACSS quarterly Board meetings along with your local chapter meetings and other Board meetings or workshops as needed.

No previous experience necessary! The ACSS staff and fellow experienced Board members will provide history and guidance along the way.

The election of the new ACSS Board Members will take place by the Delegates at the upcoming Delegate Assembly on Saturday October 9th with the new Board’s first meeting on Sunday October 10th.

Nominate yourself by completing the online form and plan on attending Delegate Assembly. Once you submit the form, you will receive additional Delegate Assembly information along with hotel and travel info.

Nominate yourself TODAY!
Open Nominations Close on Monday September 13th, 2021, @ 5pm!

 

Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your Chapter

Want to know more?

Questions? Contact communication@ACSS.org.


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Support Governor Newsom in the fight against the recall

Posted: 8/13/2021 Tags: benefits compaction election pension politics Tags Views: 759

ACSS supports Governor Newsom in the fight against the recall and we encourage a vote against it in the upcoming recall election. It is important for ACSS Members to take action this September to ensure that we retain a leader in office that will protect you and your best interests.

Governor Newsom supports ACSS in efforts to resolve compaction for excluded employees. He and his administration have consistently worked with ACSS to identify egregious salary disparities between supervisors over those they supervise and minimize pay inequity. Through quarterly meetings with CalHR, ACSS and the Newsom Administration have worked through these compaction issues on a case-by-case basis and attempted to resolve them for the benefit of members. If an exchange of power occurred where the current Administration staff became replaced, the gains we have made to reverse compaction may be lost or minimized.

In addition, Newsom and his administration have worked closely with ACSS to make vital gains in protecting and preserving pensions. If Newsom is recalled, your hard-earned pension may be threatened. Newsom has listened to ACSS on behalf of members and has worked diligently to ensure that State workers retain and receive their rightful pensions.

As the recall election approaches, expect to see more communications from ACSS regarding this issue. We stand by Governor Newsom and we strongly encourage ACSS members to do the same to ensure your rights, pension, and best interests are protected.


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ACSS Election Results – View Your Newly Elected Officers and Delegates!

Posted: 6/7/2021 Tags: election events Tags Views: 1685

ACSS Elections closed on May 21, 2021. The votes have been tallied and verified. Click on your Chapter below to see results of your Chapter’s newly elected Officers and Delegates. Chapter Officers will be sworn in at Delegate Assembly on October 8-10, 2021 in Sacramento. Chapter Officers and Delegates will convene at the triennial Delegate Assembly to discuss important Association business and shape the future of YOUR ACSS!

ACSS extends our gratitude to thank members who took the time and effort to cast their vote.

(Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your Chapter.)


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