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The Maryland Classified Employees Association convened in Ocean City, MD in the middle of October for their annual convention. The purpose of the gathering was expressed in the motto “Reclaiming the Promise of Quality Public Service for Strong Communities.” President Linda Day presided over the conference and saw that the events ran smoothly. Union business was the order of the day for the convention as votes were held, debates were had and officers were elected. Returning members to the board included Brenda Baskin, Anadi Naik, Dale Maddox, and Barbara Thompson. Marion Jones, Raymond Benson and Agnes Valenzia were re-elected while Anna Custer was elected to the board.

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 Community Action Updates from Maryland's Senate and House: 

Mr. Jack Nelson, Executive Director, Ms. Carol Kelly Nesbit,Area 5 Governor, and Ms Debra Truitt ,MCEA Convention Chair, were with Senator James N. Mathias, Jr. District 38, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties  September 30, 2014, and Norman H. Conway, House of Delegates,District 38, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties on Sunday, October 5, 2014, discussing issues and concerns of the Eastern Shore. Both Senator Mathias, Jr. and Delegate Conway will be guest speakers at the 2014 MCEA convention in Ocean City on Oct 14, 2014.


Jack Nelson, Exective Director, and Debra Truit, President of Chapter #72, attended a fundraiser for Delegate Adelaide Eckart on September 6, 2014, Ms. Eckart is running for the State Senate, District 37


                                                     Maryland Association of Counties

The 2014 MACo was held this year at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. MCEA was well represented at this annual event with President Linda Day, Executive Director Jack Nelson and Salisbury staff liaison Karen Coulbourne. This 3 day conference held on August 14, 15, 16, included attendees  Governor Martin O'Malley, Lieutenant Governor Michael Brown, Hartford County Executive David Craig, and a host of almost every Legislator in the State of Maryland. It was noticed that attendance has


The J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake event was held in Crisfield MD. on July 16, 2014. The annual event was a huge success. The event is always a crowd pleaser with many members and special guests. Some of this year's Special guests included

Senator Jim Mathias, Delegate Norman Conway, and 

University of Maryland Eastern 

Shore President Juliette Bell.


Carroll County Government and MCEA has entered into another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Agreement takes effect from June 19, 2014 and will expire on June 30, 2016. MCEA Chief Negotiator, Michael Keeney extends his thanks to the Carroll County Commissioners along with the Carroll County Office of Human Resources for finalizing yet another successful MOU. 


On Wednesday, June 10th from 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In Seagull Square at Salisbury University MCEA held a lunchtime event for all of the eligible bargaining unit non-exempt employees.  The event was a great success and enjoyed by all in attendance.

Joining the event were, Jack Nelson, Executive Director, Karen Coulbourne, MCEA Staff, Linda Day, MCEA President, and Debra Truitt, Chapter 72 President and Dale Maddox, Chapter 72 Vice President. 

Also, in attendance were Marty Guinane, Chuck Morrell and Virginia Kovaleski from AFT.

Those in attendance enjoyed hot dogs, fruit salad, chips, baked


The Maryland Classified Employee Association held their annual convention in Ocean City, MD on October 13-15, 2014. This year's theme was "Reclaiming the Promise of Quality Public Services for Strong Communities."

President Linda Day oversaw the convention and will continue to serve as that union's leader. Speakers included AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, AFT- Maryland President Marietta English, AFL-CIO MD/DC President Fred Mason among others. Speakers emphasized the need to turn out to vote and to vote specifically for candidates that would support state workers.

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Linda Day Reelected MCEA President

Linda Day, president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA), was reelected to that position October 15 during the association’s Annual Convention in Ocean City, Maryland. Day is the only president to be elected to a consecutive second term in the 77 year history of the association. The convention, held October 14-16, featured gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown as keynote speaker. Fred Mason, Jr., president of the Maryland/District of Columbia AFL-CIO; Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO; James N. Mathias, Jr