Happy holidays from CASE. We hope you are having an enjoyable holiday season with friends, family, and loved ones. As we close 2017, we look back on what has been an eventful year. Our significant achievements in 2017 include CASE’s first all-electronic board election, legislative victories (www.calattorneys.org/public-info), and increasing our number of local reps to improve service to our members in what has been, at times, a difficult political climate.
One of the many ways we are preparing for 2018 and our future is by launching our CASE Membership Drive. The goal of the membership drive is to strengthen our union by providing increased communication and effective representation to our members. To make our union stronger we need more Voting Members lending us their voice. With more active members, not only will we strengthen our bargaining power, but we can receive more feedback and represent you more effectively.
It is important to be proactive about increasing our membership now, due to the Janus litigation expected to pass in the U.S. Supreme Court this term. If Janus prevails, fair-share fees which cover representation and collective-bargaining costs will be eliminated. Consequently, unions across the nation will become defunded through an effort anti-union advocates call “Right-to-Work” (RTW).
States that already have RTW laws on their books have experienced union membership drop by about 2.1%, with some unions experiencing even larger decreases. Wages are 12.7% lower in RTW states (epi.org/publication/right-to-work-states-have-lower-wages/) due to the loss in bargaining power. In stark contrast, our union has obtained significant wage increases this contract with a 5% increase last year, an additional 5% that you received in July, and another 4% raise in 2018.
It’s time to save America’s unions and CASE by fighting for our bargaining power and collective-bargaining rights as legal professionals. We must stand together on this issue if we are to prevail. We invite your feedback and suggestions as we move forward on this journey to improve our union and represent you better. The first step on that journey is to join us by becoming a Voting Member. To sign up, please fill out the attached form (click on link) and email it back to us at CASE@calattorneys.org.
To add to the benefit of becoming a Voting Member, and to encourage you to ask other members to join, we have created an incentive program with custom CASE rewards to show off your union pride and referral efforts. If you are currently a Mandated Fee-Payer, the first step is easy -- just sign yourself up for the first reward! The rewards are as follows:
Refer one new Voting Member (or yourself) and receive a custom CASE ballpoint pen + one entry into a bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer two new Voting Members and receive another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer three new Voting Members and receive a custom CASE coffee mug + another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer four new Voting Members and receive another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer five new Voting Members and receive a custom CASE t-shirt + another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer six new Voting Members and receive another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer seven new Voting Members and receive a custom CASE USB drive + another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer eight new Voting Members and receive another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer nine new Voting Members and receive another entry into our bi-monthly $100 gift card drawing
Refer 10 new Voting Members and receive a $100 gift card to the store of your choice
To receive credit for a member referral, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Member Referral”, and state your colleagues’ name whom you referred. Your reward will be sent out accordingly. Our first gift card drawing will be for a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and will take place bi-monthly starting on February 1, 2018.
We encourage all members to stay informed about CASE by following us on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/calattorneys, twitter.com/cal_attorneys, and LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/calattorneys.
As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.