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[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"68085","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image media-image-right","style":"width: 200px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 2px; float: right;"}}]]Mindy Lawson is a rehabilitation teacher at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, the state’s forensic psychiatric hospital. While teachers in other facilities across the state telework, she continues to report to the hospital daily. Initially, her job was not deemed essential; however, during a state of emergency, management can make non-essential employees essential and alter their work duties, which changed her job status.  



With budget concerns looming, placing state employees on the chopping block to mitigate budget shortfalls, would seem like a logical solution for some decision-makers that are less than forward-thinking.

But here in Maryland- known for its innovation, education, and wealth- and in current news, a Governor pronounced as one of the most astute in our nation.  Any decision to lay off or furlough state employees is not the solution. (Frankly, there's no place to cut given we operate under-staffed as it is.)    

The answer to our budget concerns lies in the change of how we conduct business moving


Governor Hogan has ordered movement to an Elevated Level 2 status for all Executive Branch agencies, this means:

  • All non-emergency essential personnel who can perform their duties from home must do so in order to help contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Employees who telework shall be compensated for their work at their regular rate of pay.
  • All teleworkers must sign the Interim Pandemic-Associated Teleworking Agreement.
  • During this period of mandatory telework for non-emergency essential personnel, State operations are NOT shutting down, but public access to State

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, and MPEC was in the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations (DLLR) spreading union love. Organizer Aaron Ray tabled at the facility during lunchtime. He engaged workers on a number of issues, but one that drew the most interest was reclassification and back-pay associated with it. There are a number of state employees at that agency who have recently been or will soon be reclassified and become a part of the MPEC bargaining unit. For some, this will come with pay increases. Those potentially affected were curious and spoke with the organizer about what


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"64752","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"1244","style":"width: 100%; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;","width":"2560"}}]]The state’s plan to cut off our prescription benefit after age 65 will significantly diminish our retirement savings and the retirement life we have planned. SB946 passed the General Assembly in April and became law May 25, 2019. There are many questions surrounding SB946 and its implementation yet answers are not available. Click here to read the legislative history and other relevant information about the prescription drug plan.


The Maryland Professional Employees Council (MPEC) trained another round of stewards on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The member activists serve the union on a volunteer basis and will be the point persons at their worksites for information their co-workers need to know. The day-long training took place at the Maryland Department of the Environment and featured presentations from MPEC board members and staff as well as staff from AFT-Maryland.

The new stewards represent agencies throughout the state. They learned about the contract, negotiations, safe and healthy work standards for their work