Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Dear Bargaining Unit 2 Voting Member:
As we informed you last week, CASE is continuing to negotiate with the State for an end to the furloughs and for a new Memorandum of Understanding. As expected, some bargaining units who had existing MOUs and previously negotiated raises are announcing agreements to end furloughs. The State is seeking to complete negotiations by the end of this week regarding eliminating the furloughs on June 30, 2021. As noted previously, we expect to be able to negotiate the end of furloughs but that is simply not enough when the State’s own internal employment data, as well as input from multiple departments, unequivocally demonstrate the State is unable to recruit and retain the best, most diverse team of attorneys and judges due to its uncompetitive salaries.
Many of you have asked for more information regarding the salary disparity for all members of Bargaining Unit 2 and for some of the background information on the State’s falling diversity numbers. This information shows that the State’s failure to pay its legal professionals a competitive salary has created a crisis in equity and access to fairness and justice for all Californians. (A selection of the charts and information we have used in bargaining so far this year is below.) We welcome any personal stories you can add to the information we have been using to get the State to work with us to find solutions to the salary disparity and diversity crisis.
We will keep you informed of key developments in the negotiations over the coming weeks. One of the primary ways we can show the State that we are unified is with our membership numbers. If you have a colleague who has not yet joined CASE, please consider forwarding to them this email along with the below membership form.
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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