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  • Reminder: Open Enrollment Period Runs 9/15 to 10/10 Posted: September 11, 2014

    Reminder: Open Enrollment Period Runs 9/15 to 10/10

     

    A reminder to all BU2 members -- open enrollment for state employees for health, dental and vision benefits opens on September 15 and closes on October 10.  

     

    Please contact your department's personnel office should you have any questions about open enrollment.

  • 2015 CoBen Handbook Available Posted: September 9, 2014

    2015 CoBen Handbook Available

    Dear Bargaining Unit 2 Member:

     

    CalHR has released the 2015 CoBen Handbook, including next year's contribution amounts. The new amounts take effect on January 1, 2015, and will be reflected in the January pay warrant. The new amounts are as follows:


         Employee only: $569
         Employee + one dependent: $1,123
         Employee + two or more dependents: $1,469


    A copy of the 2015 CoBen Handbook is available by clicking on the link below.


    As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.


    Sincerely,
    The CASE Board of Directors

  • 2014 CASE Board of Directors Election Posted: September 5, 2014

    2014 CASE Board of Directors Election

    Dear CASE Member:

     

    Pursuant to Section 3.14 of the CASE Bylaws, the list of candidates for the 2014 CASE Board of Directors election has been certified by the CASE Elections Committee. In alphabetical order, candidates for the open Director at Large positions are:
     

    Scott Chan
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Tony Chang
    Attorney
    State Compensation Insurance Fund
     

    Steve Chu
    Deputy Labor Commissioner
    Department of Industrial Relations
     

    Lance Davis
    Attorney III
    Department of General Services
     

    Wade DiCosmo
    Attorney III
    State Compensation Insurance Fund
     

    Heather Gimle **
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Glen Grossman **
    Attorney III
    State Compensation Insurance Fund
     

    Jennifer Jadovitz **
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Matthew King
    Deputy Attorney General
    Department of Justice
     

    Geoff Lauter **
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Alan Levinson
    Deputy Labor Commissioner
    Department of Industrial Relations
     

    Matt Mulford **
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Chris Phillips
    Attorney
    Public Employees Retirement System
     

    Anthony Seferian **
    Deputy Attorney General IV
    Department of Justice
     

    Eugene Stuart
    Attorney
    Department of Insurance
     

    Sharon Velzy
    Workers' Compensation Judge
    Department of Industrial Relations
     

    (** designates a current member of the CASE Board of Directors.)
     

    This year CASE members will elect seven directors at large, each with a two-year term of office. An independent elections company will mail ballots and candidate statements to all CASE members on October 3, 2014. Please note that fair share members of Bargaining Unit 2 may not vote in CASE elections. However, fair share members who become CASE members on or before September 23, 2014, will qualify to participate in the election.
     

    Ballots must be received at the address specified by the independent elections company no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2014. The ballots will be tallied and the results announced on November 7, 2014, via e-mail and the CASE website (www.calattorneys.org).
     

    If you have moved or changed your mailing address in the last 12 months, please contact the CASE office at (800) 699-6533 to update your contact information, which will help ensure that you receive your ballot in a timely manner.
     

    The order of candidates on the official ballot will be determined by random drawing, which will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the CASE Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento. Members and candidates are, as always, welcome to attend the Board meeting. (Please contact CASE at (800) 699-6533 to register to attend, as the CASE office is located in a building that is normally closed and locked on weekends.)
     

    CASE thanks all of the candidates who have volunteered to represent and serve the members of Bargaining Unit 2, and wishes each candidate good luck in the 2014 election.
     

    Sincerely,
    The CASE Board of Directors
     

  • CASE Endorses David Miller in CalPERS Election Posted: September 4, 2014

    CASE Endorses David Miller in CalPERS Election

    CASE has endorsed David Miller in the CalPERS election. Mr. Miller believes that two concepts should guide CalPERS: first, ensuring a sustainable defined-benefit retirement for its members, and second, preserving quality choices and the 100/90 percent payment formula for retirees' health benefits.

    Ballots must be returned by September 29. For more information, please visit www.DavidMillerforCalPERS.org

  • CASE Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Tentative Agreement Posted: August 29, 2014

    CASE Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Tentative Agreement

    Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:


    The tentative agreement ratification voting period is now closed, and the votes have been tabulated. With 64.45% of all eligible CASE members participating in the tentative agreement election, the results are as follows:
     

    YES. I vote to ratify the tentative agreement: 82.41%
    NO. I vote to reject the tentative agreement: 17.59%
     

    The new contract covers the approximately 3,500 members of Bargaining Unit 2. CASE thanks the legal professionals of Bargaining Unit 2 for their service, and for their participation in the ratification vote.
     

    In related news, our successor contract has been put into bill form (Senate Bill 879), and is currently on the Assembly floor. Votes in both the Assembly and Senate are expected later today. You may track the progress of SB879 by clicking on this link.
     

    As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
     

    Sincerely,
    The CASE Board of Directors
     

  • Ratification Voting Period Open Through Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 p.m. Posted: August 26, 2014

    Ratification Voting Period Open Through Thursday, August 28 at 11:59 p.m.

    Dear CASE Member:


    All CASE members are encouraged to participate in the tentative agreement ratification vote, which will remain open until Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Should you have any questions about the tentative agreement, please click here to read answers to some frequently asked questions. You may also direct inquires to info@calattorneys.org with "Tentative Agreement Question" in the subject line. Results of the ratification vote will be announced on Friday, August 29, 2014.


    As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
     

    Sincerely,
    The CASE Board of Directors
     

  • CASE Reaches Tentative Agreement With State For New MOU Posted: August 13, 2014

    CASE Reaches Tentative Agreement With State For New MOU

    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 caseelections@votenet.com containing a personalized user ID, password, and link to the secure eBallot website. (We recommend that you add caseelections@votenet.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 info@calattorneys.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 info@calattorneys.org. 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.

     

    Sincerely,
    The CASE Board of Directors

 
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