The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 20, 2009
CASE files grievance over holiday changes

The state's legal professionals' union has filed a grievance on behalf of Bargaining Unit 2 employees over the elimination of Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day as paid holidays. We broke the news about the changes in this TSW blog post.

On March 25, the Department of Personnel Administration issued PML 2009-017, which explained the changes to department personnel officers and employee relations officers.

Here's part of the e-mail that went out today to members of California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment:

On Monday, CASE filed a unit-wide grievance on behalf of all affected members of Bargaining Unit 2. CASE has requested that the State of California honor its contractual obligations, and immediately instruct all departments, boards, commissions, and agencies that the members of Bargaining Unit 2 are entitled to holiday leave as specified in section 8.1 of the MOU. CASE has also requested that DPA respond to the grievance in an expedited manner. In the event that the State fails to do so, CASE is prepared to take this claim to court to enforce the bargained-for, contractual rights of our members.

You can read the whole thing by clicking this link.

Download the grievance filed with the DPA by clicking here.

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