So now it begins.
In a letter to members, the CASE Board of Directors said Wednesday that it has been approached by the Schwarzenegger administration to restart labor talks:
Moreover, we have recently been summoned back to the bargaining table by DPA, and we expect that DPA will pass a version of the Governor's "5-5-5" proposal. ... We will do everything in our power to protect the already depressed salaries and benefits of CASE members.
As if the state's abysmal finances weren't obstacle enough, Schwarzenegger, CASE and the other unions are rekindling talks under clouds of bitter litigation over everything from furloughs to layoffs to whether the state legally eliminated two paid holidays without union consent.
Click the following link to read more about CASE's letter to members.
On Wednesday, CASE lost the first lawsuit over the holiday issue when San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch said that DPA correctly enforced changes to the state's paid holiday schedule.
CASE addressed that in its letter, too:
Unfortunately, today's ruling means that CASE members cannot treat February 12, 2010, as a state holiday. If your department is currently furloughing its employees, February 12, 2010, will be a "Furlough Friday." If your department is not furloughing its employees, February 12, 2010, will be a regular work day.
Click here to read CASE's letter to members.
Thanks to blog users D and J for the heads up about the CASE letter.