Re: Notice to Fee Payers for 2018 and June 2016 – June 2017 Auditor’s Report
The Notice to Fee Payers and the report from an independent auditor, which provides detailed information on the expenditure of dues and fair-share fees paid to CASE, are available online to all employees in Bargaining Unit 2 who pay mandated fair-share fees because they are not Voting Members of CASE. (See, Cal. Gov’t Code § 3513(k).) As part of CASE’s modernization project, we are not sending printed copies to Mandated Fee Payers unless they request one. You can review the documents by clicking the links above.
I want to take this opportunity to ask you to consider becoming a Voting Member of CASE. While it is understandable to be frustrated by unjustifiably low salaries and attacks on hard-earned benefits, it makes little sense to deny Unit 2 members the benefit of your voice on these issues. CASE membership entitles you to vote in CASE elections and decide who will be entrusted with advocating for your wages, benefits, and working conditions. Also, Mandated Fee Payers are subject to the terms and conditions of Unit 2 contracts but only Voting Members of CASE can vote to ratify or reject a proposed contract.
Beyond the importance of securing voting rights, being a member of CASE entitles you to participate in CASE group benefit programs including long term disability insurance, life insurance, and many other discounts. State employees are currently under attack on many fronts and I hope you give serious consideration to joining the overwhelming majority of your colleagues who enjoy the rights and benefits of being a Voting Member of CASE.
The mandated fair-share fee amount deducted from your pay warrants in 2018 will be $45.79 per month, which is an increase of $1.69 per month and is based on the audit documents described above. The difference in cost from being a Voting Member of CASE is only $14.21 a month. Please weigh this cost in the context of ensuring your ability to vote on matters directly affecting your professional and financial future as a legal professional in Bargaining Unit 2. A membership application is enclosed and can be mailed or faxed to the CASE office. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the CASE office at email@example.com or 1-800-699-6533.
Peter Flores, Jr.