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We are notifying members of Units E and G that the tentative agreement between MPEC, AFT Healthcare-MD, and the State of Maryland has been ratified. Unit G (MPEC) ratified by a 92% vote; Unit E (AFT Healthcare-Maryland) ratified the agreement by a 96% vote.

Governor O'Malley, President Mathais (MPEC), and President Perry (Healthcare) have all signed the three-year agreement, which runs from JANUARY 1, 2015 to DECEMBER 31, 2017.

The entire tentative agreement may be downloaded from our web site (Click here.): mpec.md.aft.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike McNally, Executive

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Members of our locals celebrate the holidays in many ways. On Friday, December 5th, members of the City Union of Baltimore gathered for their annual holiday party and program at the IBEW Local 24 Union Hall in Baltimore.

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Maryland Professional Employees Council, AFT, AFL-CIO Local #6197 and the State of Maryland have concluded negotiations for a three year (2015-2017) successor agreement to the 2014-2015 MOU. We believe the tentative agreement provides economic security for our members during this very uncertain time of budget deficits and a new administration moving into the Governor's office in Annapolis.

The Union has sent a letter to the Hogan Administration expressing our interest in meeting with his team early in his administration to assure them that we have every intention of working with their team in a

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AFT is joining with the National Action Network for their Justice for All March #justice4all. Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014. AFT-Maryland will be providing BUS TRANSPORTATION FROM BALTIMORE. See below for details.

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Thanks to everyone who completed the MPEC collective bargaining survey for Bargaining Unit G members. We incorporated the items you indicated as important in our plans. The current collective bargaining agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will expire on June 30, 2015. Monetary issues for 2016 and beyond must be negotiated prior to January 1, 2015 in order to be included in the Governor's budget for fiscal year 2016.

MPEC submitted its negotiations proposals in September and asked for dates to begin negotiations at the first available opportunity. The Secretary of State and Department

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Attention Unit E & G members:

Please be aware that 2015 Open Enrollment for Health Benefits runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 14, 2014. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2015.

For more information about benefits coverage for Calendar Year 2015, visit the Dept. of Budget & Management's website.

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