Harford County officials signed the MOU on June 27, 2019 with MCEA's bargaining unit representing county employees. The one year Agreement is for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019 all eligible Harford County Government employees will receive a $2,000 merit increase to be added to their base pay.
Standing from left: Jim Richardson, Harford County Director of Human Resources; Michael Keeney, MCEA Chief Negotiator ; Billy Boniface, Harford County Director of Administration.
Seated from Left: Ray Crosby, MCEA Vice President and Acting Treasurer; Barry Glassman
The 2019 statewide meeting was a necessary and important one for MCEA. The business of the union was handled in a productive and efficient manner. The most pressing issue for the union right now is the need to grow the membership. While this is a challenge for any public-sector union, the solution isn’t always that easy. The answer to growing MCEA is organizing but members aren’t trained in that area. Fortunately, the union’s affiliation with AFT and AFT-Maryland provided the resources to teach member-to-member engagement strategies. Destiny Turnboe of AFT and Roosevelt Thomas of AFT-Maryland
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.
If you are a Medicare-eligible Maryland State Retiree, you must elect a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan for 2019. Or, if you are a State Retiree and have Medicare-Eligible dependents on your plan, they must elect a Part D plan for 2019.
The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Part D coverage for 2019 is from October 15, 2018 to December 7, 2018.
Members of the Maryland Classified Employees Association held a rally at their Woodlawn headquarters requesting lawmakers call a special session to [reconsider moving the retiree’s prescription drug plan to the Medicare Part D program next year.] Union leadership said the switch is going to be cost-prohibitive for many retirees living on fixed incomes.
“I think they can bring it back to the table to re-evaluate what has been done,” union president Linda Day said. “I am a person that believes nothing is etched in stone except your tombstone. I just feel we need to revisit.”