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Maryland employees earn an average of 20% less than their counterparts in similar county and city positions!
Wage  stagnation  contributes  to:
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  • Low Morale
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When we fight… we win! That was the battle cry at the 2018 Maryland Professional Employees Council annual member meeting. The meeting addressed the Supreme Court’s Janus decision but also focused on upcoming battles the union would be undertaking. Staff and members received thorough overviews from Royale Simms about the state of contracts and the give and take of previous negotiations with the state. Simms also spoke about many of the day-to-day challenges members of the bargaining unit experience. Members appreciated the thorough and candid conversation in Simms report.

Interim Director Jacque


Attention Union Members! Right now, your political affiliation does not matter! It's your AFT-MPEC membership that matters! Anti-worker billionaires are spending millions to silence workers' collective voices in the workplace and at the negotiations table.

Any day, the Supreme Court could issue a decision that will hurt working people and potentially weaken workers right to collective bargaining.  Click here to read MORE, or watch the video below.


Due to a situation out of our control, the Maryland Professional Employees Council / AFT Local 6197 Annual Member Meeting scheduled for this evening, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:30p.m. at the Baltimore Teachers Union located at 5800 Metro Dr., Baltimore, MD 21215 has been cancelled. We were just notified that the building had to be evacuated because of toxic fumes from a roof repair. We apologize for any inconvenience! As soon as the meeting is rescheduled, you will receive another notification.

Only Full Dues Members are eligible to attend. If you are not a member, join the thousands of State


Attention MPEC Members: Below is MPEC Election information and a list of candidates and offices for which they are seeking your vote. Information about Voter Eligibility, the official Election Notice, policies and procedures are included in the following documents. Click the images or links below to enlarge.

Click here for 2018 Official Candidates List.

Click here for Additional Important Election Information.


Maryland Professional Employees Council members and staff were in Annapolis to lobby on behalf of their membership. They came to the state capitol to discuss ensuring Maryland state professionals were priorities in the state budget. President Jerry Smith and chief steward Ronnie Myers had meetings in both houses of the General Assembly.

Other members and staff had the chance to engage with other legislators. As usual, the pension was something of great interest to members. MPEC took meetings with the chair of the House committee on Health and Government Operations Del. Shane Pendergrass. Also


Bargaining Update

Dear MPEC Member,

We are pleased with the quick action and progress on strengthening the State's Workplace Bullying Policy. After presenting deficiencies in the policy to the State's contract negotiation's team, the State issued directives to all state HR Directors that require an immediate response to bullying allegations. Additionally, we pressed the State to require MDOT to implement the policy immediately, and they complied. 

While we've made good progress on the issue of workplace bullying, the State’s overall proposals are a clear attack on your right to participate in


On Friday, June 23, MPEC members stood up at the Rally for Respect against Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation's (SDAT) illegal sick leave policy. We will not stand idle while sick leave, and thus families, are attacked.


"There is nothing in the policy to negotiate. The Maryland Professional Employees Council is here to protect the rights of employees. The sick leave policy implemented by the Department of Assessments and Taxation demonstrates the agency’s fundamental misunderstanding and misapplication of both state and federal law, and demonstrates a


We are calling out the State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) for failing to recognize the dignity and respect of the workers of the State of Maryland by trying to side-step the law.

On June 7, 2017, SDAT implemented an illegal sick leave policy that required employees to disclose private medical information to justify the use of earned sick leave.

The call-in policy ran counter to state and federal law and was a direct violation of our contract. Under the MOU Article 10 Section 3, the employer shall not ask for information related to a diagnosis or condition, except as permitted by