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DSH Release and Transfer of Psychiatric Programs to CDCR/CCHCS

Posted: 2/17/2017 Tags: jobs legislation policy representation Tags Views: 3779

The Governor’s Proposed 2017-2018 Budget included transferring the psychiatric inpatient care program from the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS).

DSH provided the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS) notice of their intent “to release and transfer all DSH staff at DSH-Salinas Valley, DSH-Stockton and DSH- Vacaville, as well as a small number of DSH-Sacramento staff who support operations at the psychiatric programs to CDCR/CCHCS.” The transfer of employees is contingent on the proposal being approved by the Governor and the State Legislature through the budget process.

According to DSH, initially, “organizational structure and classifications will remain the same… However, CDCR and CCHCS are analyzing the classifications and structure. Any proposed action and/or required change will be reviewed and discussed. If there is a determination that a classification/employee is being impacted”, ACSS will be noticed of the proposed change. DSH provided a FAQ, which will be updated periodically throughout this process.

ACSS has requested a meet and confer with DSH and CalHR. 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 are a DSH excluded employee and have any questions or concerns that you would like ACSS to address, please contact Nellie Lynn, ACSS Assistant Director of Representation, via email at nlynn@ACSS.org. Your thoughts and input regarding the proposed transfer of psychiatric programs are important to ensure that the concerns of all impacted excluded employees are addressed.


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Download the Q1 2017 ACSS Quarterly Newsletter

Posted: 2/15/2017 Tags: representation Tags Views: 2288

The ACSS Q1 Newsletter focuses on how ACSS helps members receive their rightful compensation when working Out-Of-Class.  Also, ACSS President Frank Ruffino shares his view on the 2016 year in review.

Download the ACSS Q1 2017 Newsletter now! Or, catch up on previous ACSS Quarterly newsletters


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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: 3310

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: 2725

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: 38275

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: 13857

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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Prefunding Retirement Benefit Contributions – Implementation for S06, M06 and other Excluded Employees


On August 26, 2016, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding for supervisors and managers tied to Bargaining Unit 6 (Peace Officers).

Below are the important issues that were discussed at the meeting:

  • Excluded Employee General Salary Increases
  • Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Prefunding Implementation
  • Processing Prefunding Deductions
  • Delaying Prefunding
  • Retirement Health Benefits and Vesting for New Employees

  >> Click here to read the full text of the article.


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ACSS Quarterly Meeting with CCHCS

Posted: 8/24/2016 Tags: compaction policy representation salary Tags Views: 3464

ACSS met with the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) in Sacramento on August 12, 2016, to discuss a variety of issues affecting ACSS members:

  • Adding Safety Retirement Pay for certain classifications
  • Office Support Supervisor I upgrades
  • Seniority Watch Preference Policy for Supervising Registered Nurses II
  • Food Administrator salary compaction issues

We would like to thank the CCHCS 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 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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Follow Up on CDCR Meet And Confer Regarding Directed Reports

Posted: 8/19/2016 Tags: policy representation rights Tags Views: 3216

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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CalHR Releases Pay Letter for BU9 and BU10 Salary Increases

Posted: 7/7/2016 Tags: bargaining legislation policy representation salary Tags Views: 2798

CalHR released the official pay letter (PL1613) that details a 5% salary increase for managerial, supervisory and other excluded classes related to Bargaining Units 9 and 10. Effective July 1, 2016, all employees in classes/ranges M09, S09, E48, E59, M10, S10 and E59 shall receive the 5 percent increase.

The pay letter also provides documentation for pay differentials in Bargaining Unit 6.

>> Download PL1613


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