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Public Employee Women Can Now Press Claims For Equal Pay

Posted: 10/20/2017 Tags: legislation rights salary Tags Views: 2445

On October 14th, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 46 which allows female public employees to press claims against wage discrimination. Earlier in October 2017, Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358), which allowed private-sector female employees to press wage discrimination claims. Assembly Bill 46 extends these rights to excluded state employees.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (AD 09) authored the bill and comments, “I authored AB 46 because not only am I the father of four women of color, but also because I believe it is important to lead by example and ensure that our pay equity laws apply to all sectors, both private and public.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, women in the state workforce earn about 79.5 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, which constitutes a 16 percent gender wage gap. Cooper’s bill is an important piece of legislation that provides for fair pay adjustments for women throughout the state. Excluded employees can process wage discrimination claims through the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

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Regional Meeting in Sacramento - IT Classification Consolidation

Charlotte Hoar, ACSS Member Outreach Coordinator, will be holding a special set of meetings in the Sacramento area to address CalHR's Information Technology Classification Consolidation Project on Wednesday, June 14th

ACSS Board Member and IT State Supervisor, Michael Bonner, will join us at ACSS HQ (1108 O St.) in the Golden One Conference Room on the Second Floor. You will have a choice to attend one of two sessions. The first session starts at 4:30 p.m. and the second session starts at 6:00 p.m.

The new proposed IT structure will affect 19 excluded IT classifications. These meetings will allow ACSS to give you an update on our efforts on this issue along with answer your questions and receive your feedback so that we can best address your concerns with the state. 

Dinner will be provided to current and potential members who RSVP by Tuesday, June 13th. Please bring a beverage. 


For questions, please contact Charlotte Hoar at choar@acss.org or call (916) 326-4388.

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"Know Your Rights" Chapter Meetings Coming Up!

Posted: 5/10/2017 Tags: chapters grievance meeting representation rights Tags Views: 2891

This year, the ACSS Spring 2017 "Know Your Rights" presentation will cover a general overview of the grievance process. Every situation and grievance is unique.  Learn more about different types of grievances, how to file an effective grievance and learn important timelines in the grievance process. Your local ACSS Labor Relations Representative (LRR) will be presenting the material to you at this meeting. Your LRR can answer any questions you may have about the grievance process and your rights as an excluded employee.

>> Click here to find a "Know Your Rights" Chapter meeting in YOUR area!

>> Click here to learn more about past "Know Your Rights" presentations.

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Follow Up on CDCR Meet And Confer Regarding Directed Reports

Posted: 8/19/2016 Tags: policy representation rights Tags Views: 3166

ACSS met with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in Sacramento on August 11, 2016, to discuss impact on members regarding the implementation of the Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) order of Directed Reports process. Per CDCR “a Directed Report is a written response to a written or verbal order issued by the OIA in which staff are directed to document an incident or action that is the subject of an OIA inquiry or administrative investigation.”

We would like to thank the CDCR members that provided input to ACSS prior to the meeting. Their input and feedback was important and valuable in order for ACSS to address their specific concerns. In these types of Meet and Confer meetings, ACSS represents the voice of members and protects careers on behalf of its members.

Here is a summary of the results of this meeting…

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Do You Know Your Rights When It Comes To Out-Of-Class Claims?

Posted: 5/11/2016 Tags: events meeting rights Tags Views: 8913


What does Out-Of-Class mean?

How do I receive Out-Of-Class pay?

What is the grievance and appeal process for Out-Of-Class claims? 

ACSS "Know Your Rights" meetings are coming up in May and June, 2016.   This series of Know Your Rights meetings will focus on answering questions you may have about Out-Of-Class claims. RSVP to attend your local Chapter's meeting to learn more about your rights as an excluded employee. Don't miss out on this popular event!

Click here to check out our information sheets from "Know Your Rights" meetings we have held in the past.

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CalTrans Grants ACSS’ Grievance to Enforce “Call Out” Compensation

Posted: 12/22/2015 Tags: grievance jobs policy representation rights Tags Views: 2839

At the end of October, a CalTrans Supervisor alerted ACSS about concerns regarding a decision by the Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to change the method used to compensation supervisory staff for call outs. CalTrans sent an email informing maintenance supervisors that they would no longer receive a minimum of four hours of work time when called back to work after completing a normal work shift and/or during off-duty hours. Supervisors would only be paid for the actual time of work performed and a minimum of 4 hours of pay for a call out was not applicable to supervisors.

ACSS determined this new method of compensation for call outs was a violation of statute, regulations and CalHR policy. ACSS filed a grievance on behalf of the ACSS Member as well as all CalTrans excluded employees. The two primary classifications impacted are CalTrans Maintenance Supervisor (6301) and CalTrans Maintenance Area Superintendent (6282).

On December 16, 2015, ACSS received CalTrans’ response granting the grievance. The response stated “We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. It was never our intention to unilaterally terminate any benefit which we have the authority to provide to our employees … Therefore, it is our determination after further analysis that the CMS and CMAS classifications are in fact entitled to the 4-hour minimum when called back into work. Therefore, based on my review of the information presented above, your grievance is hereby granted.”

As a result of ACSS’ efforts, these CalTrans excluded employees have retained their rightful benefits. ACSS became their voice, supported them through this complicated workplace issue, and resolved the conflict on behalf of excluded employees.

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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: 2967

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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Updates and Progress From the March CDCR Meeting

Posted: 4/21/2015 Tags: policy prison rights Tags Views: 2518

Posted: 4/21/2015

CDCR and ACSS meet on a quarterly basis to discuss various workplace issues. At the last quarterly meeting held in late March 2015, the following topics were reviewed:

Upward Mobility:
ACSS has been working with concerned CDCR members in efforts to preserve upward mobility opportunities. We have have made strides towards consolidating classifications so that promotion opportunities remain intact and are not abolished. This reevaluation of classifications ties in with the Administration’s Classification Improvement Project.

Administrative Officer Duty:
On behalf of ACSS members, we raised concerns for pay equity amongst all of the CDCR classifications that perform Administrative Officer of the Day Duty (AOD) duty as per the Department Operations Manual (DOM). ACSS shared with CDCR some general information from a recent survey of members who perform AOD, which provided solid reasoning for the members’ concerns. CDCR will take closer look at “managerial” levels or ranks in comparable classifications, and not necessarily salary levels, to resolve this issue.

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ACSS will be visiting the Employment Development Department on June 26th!

Posted: 6/20/2014 Tags: membership rights Tags Views: 2965

Charlotte Hoar (ACSS Organizer) will be visiting the Employment Development Department (EDD) in Sacramento on Thursday, June 26th.

She will be in the EDD Auditorium (at 722 Capitol Mall) from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. At the meeting you can learn more about ACSS, your rights as an excluded employee and hear about the issues ACSS is working on that matter to you.

Lunch will be provided for members and potential members who RSVP by Tuesday, June 24th.


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ACSS will be visiting the California Health Care Facility in Stockton on June 23!

Posted: 6/17/2014 Tags: membership rights Tags Views: 2392

Charlotte Hoar (ACSS Organizer) will be visiting the California Health Care Facility in Stockton on Monday, June 23rd.

She will be in the CHCF Visiting Center (at 7707 Austin Rd, Stockton) with six 45 minute sessions starting at 10:30 a.m. with a new session beginning on the half hour of every hour. The last session will end at 4:15 p.m. At each session you will learn more about ACSS, your rights as an excluded employee and hear about the issues ACSS is working on that matter to you.

Refreshments will be provided free for current and potential ACSS members. Come by on your break or lunch! Click the link below to RSVP by Friday, June 20th.


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