AN OPEN LETTER FROM YOUR COWORKERS

Dear coworkers and friends,

As Judicial Council employees we take great pride in the work we do. We provide numerous services that are integral to the functioning of the court systems throughout our state. But we also know things can be better in our agency.

Unfortunately, the changes we are experiencing and seeing all around us are happening without our input. We want a voice in developing what our agency will become in the future. That is why we believe forming a union now is the best choice for all of us.

We all want to do our best work and help make our Judicial Council into the best agency it can possibly be. As professional employees we simply ask for respect, fair pay, and a voice in our workplace. Unfortunately we are working in an atmosphere where many employees have had their classifications changed and/or their workloads increased, in some cases even after being assured by managers that they wouldn’t be affected. The ongoing situation is unacceptable to many of us who have put our hearts and souls into our work.

Now rumors of more extreme changes are on the way… and it will all continue to happen without our input unless we work together to increase our influence and our voice in our workplace. Only by coming together and forming a union will we be strong enough to join the conversation and make the improvements to our agency that we want to see, through a process that is open to all employees.

We, the undersigned, envision a workplace where there are fair and transparent methods for setting compensation, resolving workplace issues, and a clear process for our input to be heard. We envision having employment protections that we will negotiate and put into writing so that we can advocate for a more professional organization without fear of retaliation. We can do all of these things and more with a union.

The conversation about our future is happening now, without us. Let’s come together and join it with one voice- as co-workers, as fellow professionals, and as proud employees of the Judicial Council. We encourage you to join us and create something together we will all be proud of.

Sincerely,

Amy Bacharach, Senior Research Analyst
Cliff Alumno, Court Services Analyst
Cristina Foti, Administrative Coordinator
Kerry Doyle, Attorney
Michael Roosevelt, Senior Court Services Analyst
  • If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that it’s so important for us employees to have a voice in the decision-making process. As they say, if we’re not at the table, we’re probably part of the menu, and I think the last number of years has been a good example of that.

    Amy Bacharach
    Amy Bacharach
  • In our work with the Judicial Council, we hear a lot about “Access to Justice,” about the council being concerned with equity and fairness in how people are treated in the California court system. We deserve no less as employees of the council who work hard to achieve that for others.

    Cristina Foti
    Cristina Foti
  • Most of us want to see a certain level of professionalism, accountability and transparency in our agency that just isn’t there now. The best way to achieve that is for us all to come together as Judicial Council employees and form a union. Our voices need to be heard.

    Michael Roosevelt
    Michael Roosevelt
  • There is no doubt that being represented by Local 1000 has benefited State Bar employees over the years. In 2014, we negotiated a strong three-year contract with pay raises and pension protections. We encourage Judicial Council employees to join us to stand together for a better future for state employees.

    Kim Kasreliovich
    Kim Kasreliovich Deputy Trial Counsel, State Bar of California, Attorney Unit Steward