State government spam filters hamper union contract ratification vote

08/22/2014 1:31 PM

08/22/2014 4:18 PM

One of the last unions to reach a tentative labor pact with Gov. Jerry Brown is confronting a new hurdle to ratifying a contract: state computer spam filters.

California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment – or CASE – informed its members that the period to vote on the deal has been extended one week until 11:59 p.m. on August 28 with the results announced the next day.

“(I)t appears that the firewalls and/or spam filters of some State departments are blocking e-mail messages originating from Votenet ( that contain the tentative agreement ratification ballot,” the union’s board said in a Thursday email to members.

The message instructs employees who haven’t received a ballot to call the CASE office with a personal email address or to email the union with “BALLOT PROBLEM” in the subject line.

“Upon receipt of your request we will update your file and direct the elections company to send you a new ballot,” the union email says. “Please note that it may take 24 to 48 hours for you to receive a new ballot.”

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