I share everyone’s fear and concern about the COVID-19 also known as the coronavirus. I remain in contact with state and local authorities and will pass along any updates pertaining to our work. Beyond our professional concerns, I want to stress concern for the welfare of each and every one of our members and your families.
This pandemic is something that’s not been seen in many of our lifetimes. However, I’m confident if we follow the directions of health care professionals, we will collectively and safely overcome the coronavirus.
MCEA remains available to respond to your questions and concerns. You can reach out to us by phone: 410.298.8800, or you can reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take care of yourself, your families, and your co-workers during this trying time, and contact MCEA if any workplace issues arise.
MCEA has finalized contract negotiations with the University Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and became effective January 1, 2020. Special thanks to the bargaining team members, Chapter President Christopher Farnell, Chapter Vice President Doug Dawson, and MCEA's Chief Negotiator, Michael Keeney.
Highlights are as follows:
Between January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 eligible employees received a 6 1/2 percent increase in salaries plus a $500 bonus.
Increased personal protective clothing allowance for safety shoes and prescription glasses.
Ms. Geraldine Bowman, long time MCEA member was called home on December 7, 2019. Ms. Bowman was an active participant in Chapter 13 for well over 40 years. Her knowledge and wisdom will be surely missed.
POSTPONED [LINK] A Special Convention, of MCEA DElegates, will be held at the AFT faciliies, 5800 Metro Drive, Suite 100, Baltimre, MD 21215 on Saturday April 18, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM forte purpose of considering he 2020 bylaw revision and electing:
2. Vice President
5 Four Directors
Nominations for Officer and non officer positions can only be mde by the chapter of which the nominee is a member.The minutes of the chaptermeeting at which the member receives this approval shall be submitted to the election committee with the required nomination form
AFT-Maryland Political Coordinator Todd Reynolds led a meeting at MCEA headquarters to inform retired members of the most recent updates the state retiree prescription drug benefit issue. With the case still in court, there is not a clear resolution to explain to members at this point. Reynolds did update retirees on the most recent hearing on the issue in Annapolis that took place in October. Those in attendance were appreciative of the information that Reynolds did share and are eager to hear directly from legislators what the plan moving forward will be.
MCEA is always hard at work for our members. One of the ways the union seeks to serve members is by fighting for them in matters of dispute between a member and an employer. The union is happy to tell the story of one worker who had the union come to their aid in their time of need. The member’s name has been withheld to maintain and protect their privacy.
Following a promotional opportunity and the completion of a predetermined probationary period an employee was issued an illegal “rejection on probation.” The employee immediately contacted MCEA and a grievance/appeal was initiated. Management
*****There are vacancies on the board of directors. These vacancies will be filled by a majority vote of the current board from among the names submitted by the chapter in accordance with MCEA bylaw article VI Board of Directors, Section 4 Vacancies. For additional information please contact John Prince at (410) 298-8800
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.
When MCEA parties, Maryland comes out to party with it. The was shown on Saturday September 14th when elected officials and union dignitaries from Baltimore and the surrounding counties joined MCEA for a Member Appreciation event. The event also honored the longest serving president in MCEA history, Linda Day. The day was gorgeous with warm-moderate temperatures and the rain held off so the outdoor festivities could be enjoyed. Those in attendance tasted delicious burgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill and children in attendance enjoyed the face-painting vendors. There was a comedy act and a