Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:
As we indicated in our last global email on Tuesday June 23, 2020, the Governor and Legislature have agreed on a budget that includes savings equal to two days of furloughs for all state employees. That agreement also gives the Governor the power to impose furloughs on July 1, 2020 if we are unable to come to an agreement on the terms of the budget savings and furloughs. Some bargaining units have agreed to furloughs already, but many others are still actively negotiating. We are bargaining around the clock to achieve a fair deal for the states’ hard-working legal professionals.
Rest assured that we will fight until the end to ensure that the grossly underpaid legal professionals of CASE will be treated fairly. We cannot agree to a contract that reduces critical healthcare payments during the greatest healthcare crisis in over a century. We cannot agree to a contract that does not provide maximum flexibility for CASE members to bank and use PLP days because our duties and ethical responsibilities greatly diminish the utility of PLP days. We are insisting that any furlough/PLP program protects our members’ retirement payments and preserves the full-time status of our members in loan forgiveness programs. We are also fighting to protect those who have previously been exempted from furloughs by law because furloughing those members increases costs rather than saving the state money. There are many other issues that are specific to particular departments that we are continuing to work on for the expiring Memorandum of Understanding.
We will not accept a deal that will harm our members without the opportunity to continue fighting for the reforms needed to solve the many issues facing CASE members. We are willing to bear our share of the pain due to the COVID-19 budget shortfall but are insisting that CASE members’ gross salary deficits that are harming all Californians are accounted for in any short-term and long-term agreements. We will give you further updates next week as soon as we can.
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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