California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE) has reached a side letter agreement on furloughs with the Brown administration.
Under the agreement, CASE members will take a 4.62 percent reduction in pay for 12 months, starting in July. Each member will receive 8 hours personal leave per month.
The side letter does not affect raises scheduled for July 2013.
During negotiations, the administration agreed to establish a committee that could lead to creation of higher job classifications, such as Attorney V and ALJ III.
According to the CASE release:
"This is significant because it represents the first time in the history of our negotiations with the State that an administration has been willing to seriously discuss new classifications to address the structural pay disparity suffered by the members of Bargaining Unit 2, and create a formal structure and a six-month timeline for doing so.
This creates a formal structure and new classifications to address pay disparity."
The agreement also establishes a committee to identify legal contracts that the union believes are improperly outsourcing work union members should be doing.
This decision came shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a budget trailer bill that would allow him to furlough members of bargaining units that do not reach deals by July 1. All bargaining units that reach a deal will be protected from further furloughs.
The side letter agreement will be sent to members for ratification, likely early next week.
View the side letter agreement terms here.