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Many stakeholders submitted answers in response to the questions we posed in the Claims Discussion Document. Attached is a draft outline of possible rules regarding claims that reflects stakeholder feedback we received. We welcome additional comments, feedback and suggestions as we further refine the text. Written comments can be submitted via email to FAMLI.firstname.lastname@example.org September 29. All written comments will become part of the public
Greetings, MCEA! First, let’s all express our warmest congratulations to those newly elected MCEA officers, from the statewide level to the council level, who have accepted the challenge of union leadership. This includes our new Supervisors Council—Supervisors United for Collective Bargaining. I am moved by all the new faces in leadership. That’s a sign of growth and progress for MCEA.
I am proud to say that the past few months have been busy ones for MCEA. You—members and leaders—have been taking action to address workplace issues. You will read more later in this issue about how members just like you are taking initiative and tackling hard problems.
For this issue of the Buzz, I would like to focus on the upcoming elections for the MCEA Executive Board.
Union elections, I would argue, are among the few genuine expressions of democracy, in which workers both build and
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
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.
For this issue of The Buzz, I felt it was important to address our supervisor members and all those willing to fight for collective bargaining.
Supervisors in Maryland continue to face the same issues—low pay, high workload, no support. We supervise employees who are making as much as, or more, than us. We have no seat at the table to address workplace problems. We’re overworked and we’re underpaid.
And even though the legislators have heard these issues, they have refused to take the simple actions needed to give us a legitimate avenue to solve problems and win you the
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.
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.
What can we do to have the best year possible? We need stronger contracts, and more members who are active. The old saying goes that we spend a third of our lives at work. If we are united and organized in our union, we have so much power to make that third of our lives better.
We hit the ground running. We are at the bargaining table fighting for Salisbury University employees, Harford County employees, and our