California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment
August 30, 2016
Dear Bargaining Unit 2 Member,
CASE is pleased to announce that the membership has ratified the tentative agreement with the State on a successor Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"). Approximately two thirds of all eligible members participated in the election and overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement with 98% voting "Yes" for approval. The membership's support of the contract reflects the fact that this is a significant first step toward reducing the long-standing salary deficit faced by all of the State's legal professionals. The CASE Board is proud of achieving Unit 2's best MOU in several decades especially in an economic environment that has many other units still struggling to get agreements. We understand that there is more work to do and hope to build on this foundation in pursuing a strong salary for CASE members that will keep the best legal professionals working for the State.
The MOU must now also be ratified by both houses of the Legislature and signed by the Governor before it takes effect. The MOU is contained in Senate Bill 834. The bill is before the Assembly today and should be brought to committee and a floor vote by the end of the day. It will then have to go through committee and a floor vote in the Senate tomorrow. We are making every effort to get the bill through the Legislature and to the Governor's desk for signing by the end of the day tomorrow but because August 31st is the end of the legislative session, there is no way to guarantee that this will happen. If the MOU gets through the Legislature by midnight on August 31st and is signed by the Governor in September, the 5% General Salary Increase would begin on October 1, 2016. We do not anticipate any problem with getting the Governor's signature since the tentative agreement was made with his representatives. We will keep you updated with any information about the ratification process as it proceeds.
As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
The CASE Board of Directors