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It is with deep sympathy that we announce the passing of our dear union brother Bernard Wise.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bernard Wise is as follows:

Viewing: July 2, 2019  4:30pm- 8:00pm

              Vaughn Greene Funeral home

             4905 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

Funeral: July 3, 2019 10:00am

              Vaughn Greene Funeral Home 

            4905 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212


The 2019 statewide meeting was a necessary and important one for MCEA. The business of the union was handled in a productive and efficient manner. The most pressing issue for the union right now is the need to grow the membership. While this is a challenge for any public-sector union, the solution isn’t always that easy. The answer to growing MCEA is organizing but members aren’t trained in that area. Fortunately, the union’s affiliation with AFT and AFT-Maryland provided the resources to teach member-to-member engagement strategies. Destiny Turnboe of AFT and Roosevelt Thomas of AFT-Maryland


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If you are a Medicare-eligible Maryland State Retiree, you must elect a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan for 2019. Or, if you are a State Retiree and have Medicare-Eligible dependents on your plan, they must elect a Part D plan for 2019.

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Part D coverage for 2019 is from October 15, 2018 to December 7, 2018.

Click here to read more from MCEA's insurance administrator R.K.Tongue and for information about Part D Enrollments.


Members of the Maryland Classified Employees Association held a rally at their Woodlawn headquarters requesting lawmakers call a special session to [reconsider moving the retiree’s prescription drug plan to the Medicare Part D program next year.] Union leadership said the switch is going to be cost-prohibitive for many retirees living on fixed incomes.

“I think they can bring it back to the table to re-evaluate what has been done,” union president Linda Day said. “I am a person that believes nothing is etched in stone except your tombstone. I just feel we need to revisit.”

Read more at the Balti


The Maryland Classified Employees Association is pleased to announce that contract negotiations with Harford County Government have been successfully ratified by the parties. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) became effective on July 1, 2018 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2019.

MCEA effectively negotiated a $2,000 across the board increase in addition to a two percent increase for all eligible employees. The County will continue to pay up to ninety percent of employees health care premium benefits.

Special thanks for our negotiating team Chapter #610 Union Officers, Michael


MCEA will hold a Rally for Retirees which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The rally will begin at 6:00 p.m. at MCEA headquarters, 7127 Rutherford Rd., Baltimore MD 21244. Click the flyer for more information!


State retirees want answers, but the details from state officials seem sparse. That’s why MCEA convened a meeting among state retirees, legislators, and AFT-Maryland. President Linda Day oversaw a meeting where retirees brought their confusions and demands for clarity to the forefront. Many in attendance, including President Day expressed frustration at state officials for poor communication around a plan to change the way the state retirees prescriptions are covered from a state plan to a federal plan. The transition was approved under state law back in 2011 but the change will happen for


MCEA will hold a Town Hall Meeting concerning changes to State Employee Retiree prescription coverage. This will be a meeting to discuss these changes, why they are being made, and what you need to know and do NOW.

When: June 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Where: MCEA, 7127 Rutherford Road, Baltimore MD 21244

Click here for the event flyer.

For More Information: contact John Prince, 410-298-8800 x220
or Michael Keeney at extension 225.


Chapter #152 Retirees has postponed their quarterly meeting which was scheduled for March 7, 2018. The meeting has been rescheduled for March 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and will be held at MCEA Headquarters at 7127 Rutherford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244.


It is with deep regret that we must inform you that our dear member, Dr. Bill Anderson, has passed away. Dr. Anderson was truly a remarkable man. Dr. Anderson was one of the first African Americans to attend the Peabody Conservatory in the 1950s. He was an accomplished musician who played with such renowned entertainers such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Fats Domino, the Temptations, Jackie Wilson, and gospel artist Jeff Majors. He is best known for his talent as a saxophone player, but played a variety of musical instruments.

Moreover, Dr. Anderson was the epitome of caring and