Collective power: As a dues-paying member of MPEC, you help build collective power for you and your colleagues across the state. In every fight for better pay, safe work environments, and respect in the workplace, we have more leverage when we have more members. When we have collective power, we can win new raises, protect our rights and benefits, and provide better services to our communities.
Defend your rights on the job:Stewards and active members who know their contract are the best way to defend and enforce our rights in the workplace. Become a dues-paying member to gain dignity and
Join other MPEC members from across the state for the 2023 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This virtual meeting will cover important topics, including upcoming contract negotiations and a comprehensive review of the union's business. Reports from our Executive Officers will be presented.
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.
Stewards are the lifeblood of any union. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance that unions offer training to continue to develop and strengthen their stewards. The Maryland Professional Employees Council Local 6197 (MPEC) hosted their stewards for training on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. The training covered a wide range of topics, informing those in attendance of the responsibilities of stewards.
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What unions do
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.
The MPEC bargaining team reached an agreement with the state on December 31st for FY 2023.
All eligible employees will receive a step increase in July 2023 or January 2024, based on the hire date.
All eligible employees will also receive a 2% cola beginning July 2023, which the bargaining team negotiated in the previous year.
These negotiations also resulted in annual salary reviews for certain classifications and policy changes to pay for promotions and reclassifications (MOU Article 5, Section 5). There will no longer be a 12% pay cap. The new policy allows a 6% increase in salary per grade
The 44th Session of the General Assembly of Maryland has ended, and the legislature has presented its approved bills to the Governor. The Governor now has until May 30th to act on passed legislation by signing, vetoing, or allowing them to become law through passivity i.e., neither signing nor vetoing.
Throughout this legislative session, MPEC members united to improve and defend employee protections and benefits. The below bills resulted in a favorable outcome for MPEC members and their families:
Requires all teachers in Juvenile Services and the Department of Labor to be in the professional services of State Personnel Management. This will bring those teachers into the bargaining unit. Effective July, 2022.
SB 275-Veto Override
Creates the Maryland Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI)Program. Maryland is now one of ten states, plus the District of Columbia, to enact a law that provides benefits (paid leave) for an employee’s serious health condition, the birth or adoption of a child, the serious health condition of an employee’s relative, or for a qualifying exigency of a family member of an individual serving in the military. The law goes into effect on June 1, 2022, but benefits will not be available until January 2025.
Allows union dues to be tax-deductible. Effective date July 1, 2022.
SB 541- The Maryland Outdoors Act
Improves state park infrastructure, capacity, accessibility, and employee retention. Some specifics include:
Renames Park Ranger Associates to Park Rangers
Adds Park Rangers to the Hometown Heroes tax deferment
Gives Park Rangers the ability to issue parking citations
Covers Park Rangers under presumptive language on Lyme Disease
Provides $12 million for the hiring and retaining of state park personnel
Effective Jun 1, 2022
SB 794- Successfully STOPPED
This bill was successfully stopped. It would have given complete autonomy to MSDE’s management without accountability and stripped employee protections. If passed, the agency would not have to follow the standard protocols for hiring, advancement, or termination of employees.
Together, we will continue working towards a better work-life in state service as we strengthen and increase our collective efforts.