February 17, 2010

 

Dear Unit 2 Member:

As you are likely aware from the Governor’s recent press conference and its associated media coverage, the administration has set forth certain concepts that purport to address California’s budget deficit.  These concepts include many draconian cuts to state employee compensation. 

 

Earlier today, the CASE Bargaining Team met with representatives from the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA), at which time DPA passed a “conceptual proposal” outlining the cuts previously discussed by the Governor.  The Governor’s “conceptual proposal” is attached to this e-mail.

Given the Governor’s recent pronouncements and his prior public posturing, CASE does not expect the administration to be any more reasonable or flexible regarding employee compensation issues than it has been in the past. 

CASE has been, and continues to be, ready to bargain in good faith.  However, the administration’s recent “conceptual proposal” does not consider the fact that CASE members pay 20% more in pension contributions than other similarly-situated state employees, that their salaries lag behind other public sector lawyers and judges by 15% to 50%, and that our members have not enjoyed an increase in pay since the 2005 contract between the State and Bargaining Unit 2.

CASE is committed to fighting for its members at the bargaining table, through legislation, and if necessary, through litigation.    As further information becomes available, it will be provided via global e-mail messages and on the CASE website (www.calattorneys.org). 

As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

The CASE Board of Directors