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Retirees meeting postponed to June

MCEA retiree members:

The retirees chapter meeting, originally scheduled for May 9, has been postponed to Saturday, June 10. Same time, same place.

MCEA Retirees Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11am
7127 Rutherford Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

Please RSVP via phone call to either Bernice Brown at 410-664-0965 or Vivian Smith at 443-315-5175.

Retiree Council officer nominations will continue to be accepted until June 3, 2023.

Spring 2023 Representative Assembly - Register Now!

Our Constitution compels us to hold two Representative Assemblies every year.

On Saturday, April 29, 2023, MCEA will be holding its inaugural Spring Representative Assembly Meeting from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting, and members may attend remotely via Zoom or in person at Headquarters, 7127 Rutherford Road, Woodlawn, MD 21244 – register now! All active and retired members in good standing are encouraged to attend.

What unions do

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

A torrent of censorship

Nearly 250 years since our country’s founding, some Americans are still attempting to restrict others’ basic freedoms. In Florida and elsewhere, censoring books is part of larger efforts to exert greater control over and undermine education.

MCEA The Buzz - Jan/Feb '23

Jan/Feb 2023

Administrator's Report

It’s a new year, and it’s the same struggle for fairness, dignity, and respect; we face the new year with a determination to make it our best on record.

Hogan announces 4.5% COLA

Hogan heard you.

Effective November 1, 2022, all state employees will receive a 4.5% raise. Hogan announced this as part of an effort to recruit and retain state employees.

This is in addition to the COLAs previously agreed to for "non-represented employees," including an unspecified salary increment to be implemented in 2023.


Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.