Spring is a time for renewal. In keeping with the season, we welcome you to our inaugural CASE Files newsletter, the first step in our renewed communications plan to keep members informed on the latest in CASE news. Expect to see regular updates on our work to increase your salary, improve and protect your benefits, and to aggressively represent your interests in every forum where your employment and professional interests are at stake: at the bargaining table, in the state legislature, and in the forum of public opinion.
Below, you’ll find important updates about the CASE Board, CASE staff, and the upcoming collective bargaining process. We hope you enjoy it – and we hope you’ll let us know what you’d like to see in future newsletters by completing this short survey.
CASE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ UPDATE
Earlier this week, we let you know that Board President Peter Flores, Jr., and Board Members Jennifer Jadovitz, and Matthew Mulford resigned effective March 4, 2022. Their dedication to CASE moved us forward and we thank them for their years of service and wish them well. Vice President Tim O’Connor will serve as acting President until the position is permanently filled.
Apply Today to Serve CASE Members. We stand at a critical moment as momentum builds going into contract negotiations. We need a full complement of Board members representing each aspect of the important work CASE members perform every day on behalf of Californians. It is essential to efficiently fill Board vacancies with members willing to serve out the remainder of those terms before our annual elections later this year.
Under CASE Bylaws Section 4.08, vacancies may be filled by Board appointment. The Board invites all CASE members to express their interest in serving on the Board via this form. The Board will consider all entries received by 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2022.
CASE STAFF UPDATE
Effective March 1, we have retained labor relations firm Blanning & Baker Associates to assist us in several key aspects of member representation at the bargaining table, in the legislature, and anywhere our interests are at stake. B&B’s professionals have considerable history helping clients achieve success through bargaining, lobbying, public relations, membership engagement, and media strategy – areas of expertise they will bring to bear on behalf of CASE. They join existing CASE staff: General Counsel Patrick Whalen; Katherine Regan, Director of Labor Relations; Monica Miner, Labor Relations Representative; and Amanda Hart, Membership Coordinator.
Negotiations for a successor memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will get underway soon. Our goal remains full salary equity for ALL Unit 2 employees: state attorneys, ALJs and legal professionals.
We will need YOUR help. This will be a collective effort, coordinated by CASE staff and consultants. CASE Members should keep an eye out for our 2022 Collective Bargaining Survey, arriving soon.
JOIN CASE TODAY!
Strong membership sends a clear message to CalHR: we’re in the fight for better compensation, better benefits, and safeguarded retirement together. Members alone vote for their Board representatives and to ratify our contract. And only members receive representation by our skilled, knowledgeable CASE staff if they are subject to discipline or do not receive a promotion when due. Join today by filling out an application online via this link.