March 30, 2022 CASE Files

Welcome to this week’s CASE Files, part of our commitment to keep you up-to-date 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.


The CASE Board received nearly 30 statements of interest from members wishing to join the Board of Directors. Applicants came from many departments and classifications, with a range of tenure with the State, many of whom also serve as local reps. The Board met last Friday to carefully consider each applicant and, pursuant to CASE Bylaws Section 4.08, appointed the following CASE members to fill the remainder of the vacant Director terms:

  • Daphne Lee, an ALJ II with the California Public Utilities Commission in Sacramento 
  • Nima Razfar, a Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice in Los Angeles
  • Ray Cervantez, a Deputy Labor Commissioner with the Department of Industrial Relations in Los Angeles

Additionally, the Board appointed current Vice President and Acting President Tim O’Connor to the office of President for the remainder of the term and Director Jaclyn Grossman to the position of Vice President, vacated by Tim O’Connor upon his assumption of the Presidency. 

CASE thanks all who expressed interest in joining the Board.


Curious about what’s going on in Bargaining as your CASE Bargaining Team begins negotiating a successor MOU? Weekly Bargaining updates will hit member inboxes each week the team meets with CalHR. Want to stay in-the-know? Join CASE today. 


Meet Article 2.9 which gives CASE the ability to greet new Unit 2 employees and introduce them to CASE, their exclusive representative. When you started your Unit 2 job, how did you learn about CASE? What’s the most important thing you think new employees should know when they become part of our collective bargaining unit? Any suggestions about how CASE can be even more welcoming? Let us know! 


In addition to CalPERS, state employees have access to the Savings Plus program – a voluntary 401(k) or 457(b) program with pre-tax and Roth account options. Did you know that while people are limited to contributing $6,000 each year to a Roth account, California State employees can contribute up to $20,500 to their Roth 401(k) or 457(b) account. Visit the Savings Plus website for more information.  


CASE provides voting members with a complimentary $7,500 standard life insurance policy. We are pleased to also make available to our members a supplemental life insurance policy, as well as a long-term disability policy. For details, visit the CASE website. 


  • Are you being directed to return to in-person work? Article 6.4 of the CASE MOU allows for home telework, with conditions. If you object to a recently announced in-person work schedule, let your supervisor know your desired schedule, in writing, citing the MOU, and requesting your preferred telework schedule. If you don’t receive a satisfactory response – contact CASE ASAP. We will be preparing department-wide grievances for those departments that may be in violation of the MOU and your evidence will be helpful in making the case for common-sense, continued telework
  • Learn more about your CalPERS benefits with CalPERS webcasts. Visit this link for registration details and a schedule of upcoming topics
  • As warmer weather returns, it’s a great time of year to check out the world-class San Diego Zoo, ride the Roaring Camp Railroads through the redwoods near Santa Cruz, or explore Northern California rivers with All-Outdoors White Water Rafting – all at reduced rates for CASE members. Check out those benefits and more on the CASE website.


For now, CASE Files will continue to be delivered weekly to Unit 2 employees, but our Bargaining Updates won’t be! Stay informed on the important decisions that will impact your salary and benefits by joining CASE today. Apply here.  

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