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Statement of the President

[Editor's note: This was included in the inaugural issue of the MCEA newsletter.]

My name is Linda Day, and I am honored to have been nominated without opposition to serve as the president of your union.

 

During this unprecedented time, we see new challenges confronting working people all across this country. Despite these challenges, we have maintained our connection with our union and our members.

 

Members: Update your contact information

MCEA is reaching out to all of our Active and Active Retired members to update contact information in our database. We want to keep you abreast of all of our activities, and in a time where it is difficult to meet in person, we especially need our members' mail and email contact information.

Please click here to fill in your updated information

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

A Message from The President

As President of the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA) it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the MCEA Website. Since 1935 MCEA has advocated for and has improved the quality of life in the workplace for countless State, County and Municipal employees throughout the State of Maryland. MCEA became affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in October of 2010. We now stand with our new family of union brothers and sisters which boast 1.5 million members nationwide.  

 

Contract Victory at Salisbury University

MCEA members at Salisbury University scored huge in their fight for a fair, updated contract. On September 8, 2020, MCEA bargaining unit members, voting unanimously, ratified their new memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU took nearly two years to negotiate and finalize—in large part, due to the tenacity of MCEA’s bargaining team, who took the contract to mediation and ultimately requested the intervention of a fact-finder under Maryland’s collective bargaining act.

 

MCEA Convention 2020: the Highlights

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, MCEA was able to successfully hold its 2020 convention. With the help of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), we held our convention remotely, digitally, and safely. After all, the work of protecting the rights of our membership is too important to let fall by the wayside.

Some of the important achievements of this convention include:

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

MCEA 2020 Convention Recap

In accordance with the current times, MCEA was unable to gather in person for this year’s annual convention. However, that does not mean that work wasn’t completed. The union convened virtually for the 2020 annual convention and continued the business of the organization. There were several vital presentations from a host of people and organizations. Among the most important ones were a presentation by R.K. Tongue the union’s insurance providers. Additionally, President Linda Day’s report detailed the important work the union has been doing over the past year. One of the most important steps... CLICK TO READ