Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:
As many of you have heard, yesterday Toni Atkins and Anthony Rendon, the leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, formally released the details of their joint budget proposal. In their proposal, they achieve a balanced budget without requiring state employees to take a 10% salary cut through two days of unpaid mandated furloughs as Governor Newsom included in his most recent proposed budget (the Governor’s May Revise). So, what is the next step in the budget process and what does this mean for members of Bargaining Unit 2?
By law, the budget must be passed by June 15, 2020 and must be balanced. Over the next week, the Governor and legislative leaders will meet until they come to an agreement on a budget. These meetings will require both sides to compromise over difficult cuts to important programs and priorities. It is impossible to predict where the final budget will land in terms of mandated furloughs that cut the pay of all state workers.
As we have consistently stated, CASE is strongly opposed to furloughs because they are counter-productive and in some cases are prohibited by law. Furloughs hurt the state by taking critical workers off the front lines, hurt the economy by reducing money state employees would spend on local businesses, and actually reduce state revenue where employees are paid by special fees or outside funding sources.
We are working hard to ensure that the budget negotiations support budget solutions that do not hurt state employees and harm the state’s economy. As you are all aware as legal professionals, there is little to be gained in important negotiations through public declarations by unions. Rest assured that we are doing all we can to protect your rights and preserve the important work you do every day for the people of California. We will be sending further emails as soon as we have additional information that we can share with you.
You can find the joint budget proposal here. Of particular importance is the last bullet on page 8 of the proposal.
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As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
The CASE Board of Directors