California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment
Dear Bargaining Unit 2 Member:
CASE has reached a tentative agreement with the State on a successor Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"). This MOU reflects an agreement designed to benefit all members of Bargaining Unit 2, addresses some of the structural pay concerns our unit has faced for years, and lays the groundwork for more improvements to compensation and classification issues. The following is a summary of the key terms and conditions of the tentative agreement:
Increased Compensation: All Bargaining Unit 2 members will receive a 2% salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2014, and a second salary increase of 2.5% on July 1, 2015.
Increased Travel Reimbursement: All Bargaining Unit 2 members will receive increased travel reimbursement rates upon ratification of the MOU.
Increased CoBen Contributions: All Bargaining Unit 2 members will receive increased health care ("CoBen") contributions under the current formula upon ratification of the MOU. The State will also increase its CoBen contribution rates on January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016.
Increased Attorney III and IV Allocations: The State has agreed to increase the maximum allocation of Attorney III positions to 75% per department, and increase the maximum allocation of Attorney-IV positions to 65% per department.
Creation of Attorney V Classification: The State has agreed to create an Attorney V classification, and submit the Attorney V job specifications to the State Personnel Board no later than January 1, 2015, for its review and approval.
Creation of ALJ III Classification: The State has agreed to create an Administrative Law Judge III classification, and submit the Administrative Law Judge III job specifications to the State Personnel Board no later than January 1, 2015, for its review and approval.
Commitment to Address Structural Pay Gap: The State has committed to work with CASE to develop a joint economic proposal designed to significantly reduce the pay disparity for Bargaining Unit 2 members as compared to other public sector legal professionals.
Commitment to Workers' Compensation Judges: The State has committed to work with CASE to develop a pathway for Workers' Compensation Judges to have access to the same promotional opportunities as all other Administrative Law Judges.
Accrued Leave Buyback Program: Bargaining Unit 2 members may be permitted by their individual departments to cash out up to 20 hours of accrued leave time each fiscal year.
Contract Term: The term of the new MOU is July 2, 2013, through July 1, 2016.
All full CASE members are eligible to participate in the MOU ratification vote. If you are a full CASE member, shortly you should receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org containing a personalized user ID, password, and link to the secure eBallot website. (We recommend that you add email@example.com to your e-mail "safelist" to ensure your ballot e-mail is not blocked.) The voting period will open on August 15, 2014, and close on August 21, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Only votes received during this period will be counted. The results of the ratification vote will be announced on Friday, August 22, 2014. Please note that fair share members of Bargaining Unit 2 are not eligible to participate in the MOU ratification vote.
Because this ratification vote is being conducted via an online elections company, CASE suggests that you speak with your colleagues and encourage them to update their contact information, so we can have the greatest possible participation. If you have any questions, need to update your e-mail address, or have not received your eBallot by August 15, 2014, please contact the CASE office at (800) 699-6533, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answers to some frequently asked questions may be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. After reading the FAQ, should you have any additional questions please direct them to email@example.com. Every effort will be made to provide you with a timely response, but please understand that the bulk of our efforts are directed at ensuring that our MOU passes through the Legislature prior to the end of this legislative session, so there may be a short delay in responding to your question.
Based on the increased salaries and benefits contained within this MOU, and the foundation laid for even further gains, the CASE Board of Directors recommends that all CASE members vote "Yes" to ratify the tentative agreement.
As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
The CASE Board of Directors