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MPEC UPDATES 11.20.20

Attention MPEC Members:

As we continue working to resolve non-compliance with the November 10th telework orders, it has come to our attention; there are additional agency departments beyond those listed in the MPEC letter to Gov. Hogan that are not in compliance with telework orders.
 
If you are still required to report to the worksite, and your duties can be performed teleworking, or if you are not a frontline employee and yet required to report to the worksite, click to complete the agency non-compliance form.

The MPEC bargaining team is currently in negotiations for the 2021-23 MOU. Due to the collective bargaining law, MPEC may share proposals presented at bargaining with members only. MPEC will post proposals and updates to the MPEC Negotiations 2021 closed group on Facebook.                                                      

 

Agency Non-Compliance of Telework Orders

 

MPEC is working to address agency non-compliance with the Governor's telework orders on November 10th. (Click here to download the letter sent to Governor Hogan and Secretary Brinkley) The Dept. of Budget and Management has allowed each agency to interpret and implement policies and mandates that are intended to protect employees at the manager's discretion. The difference in implementation that we are experiencing has certainly revealed the value of human life as very subjective to individual personalities. We are thankful for the managers whose actions clearly display respect and appreciation for the life of others. However, the managers whose actions indicate otherwise, creating gratuitous risks, will certainly be addressed to the greatest extent possible.

Sadly, this difference in implementation has been an on-going issue since the beginning of the pandemic. We are speaking with lawmakers to pass legislation that will eliminate subjective loopholes in policies and mandates intended to prevent or mitigate harm to state employees. We will post updates on the MPEC website and Facebook page.

In solidarity,

Jerry Smith, President

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

2021-2023 Negotiations Announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced change upon us. Despite the negatives, this crisis brings the opportunity to change poor building environmental conditions, improve telework policies, and bring awareness of the value we bring to Maryland.