Dear Bargaining Unit 2 Member:
On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the CASE bargaining team met with CalHR throughout the day attempting to improve the low offer recently presented by CalHR. CASE passed salary proposals and special salary adjustments intended to redress the salary deficits that the State’s legal professionals continue to labor under. Specifically, CASE proposed:
1. A two-year deal, with general salary increases for all members of 6.5% each year;
2. Equalizing judicial salaries with attorney salaries through a 5% special salary adjustment for Administrative Law Judges which increases the ALJ II salary to the Attorney IV salary and the ALJ III salary to the Attorney V salary (the ALJ I salary is already on par with the Attorney III salary);
3. A 10% special salary adjustment for Attorneys in ranges A and B (based on State’s initial offer);
4. A 5% salary differential (increase) for all members who have passed a state bar, in recognition of the State’s right to the exclusive use of our legal professional licenses;
5. An additional salary differential (increase) for all members, graduated over time, in recognition of our experience and value as mentors to our fellow legal professionals (triggered at each employee’s 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th anniversary of being licensed as an attorney).
As you know, the bargaining process is arduous and difficult. The State strives to hold costs down and continues to look the other way in the face of overwhelming evidence clearly showing our salary deficits. Along with bargaining at the table, we are meeting with members of the Governor’s office, key legislators, and department heads to enlist their help in convincing CalHR that the salary deficit is a serious problem that needs to be solved. We are continuing to exchange proposals, but it is becoming more likely that we may be unable to reach an agreement in time for passage by the State Legislature during the current session. That would delay passage of any agreement until early next year, but we will be seeking retroactive pay to mitigate any delayed contract. We will continue to keep you advised of developments as bargaining continues.
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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