John DeTizio meets Hillary ClintonGovernor Jennifer Granholm signs worker safety legislation with John DeTizio and Dale Threehouse witnessing.MAGE President, Alan Quattrin and OPEIU President Michael Goodwin picketing the Red Cross in Philadelphia. RTW Demonstration 12/11/12District 8 Director Olivia Bruce receives the Dale Threehouse leadership award.Linda Porter and Olivia Bruce Greeting the Delegates to General Council 2016Representative Sam Singh with MAGE Labor Representative/Counsel Peter Neu

Michigan Association of
Governmental Employees

Where the "excluded" are "included"
 

MAGE - Is the Michigan Association of Governmental Employees, a non-profit corporation.   Formed in 1980,  MAGE represents active and retired State of Michigan Employees who are or were at date of retirement classified as not exclusively represented (NEREs).  The purpose of MAGE shall be to provide to the membership professional representation and pertinent information in labor relations, compensation and retirement matters.

HEADLINES
October Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted October 25th, 2016

The election is upon us and it is one of the strangest our nation has ever had. Rarely have there been two presidential contenders that were so unpopular. Donald Trump’s highly unorthodox campaign could still bear fruit on November 8, but the latest polls show him a longshot to defeat Hillary Clinton. In Michigan, Clinton is up by anywhere from 5-8 points in the polls, but it is still hard to say how that will affect down-ballot races, if at all.

Read More >>

 

MAGE Board Selects the 2016 Scholarship Winners
Posted September 27th, 2016

The MAGE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the MAGE Scholarships for 2016. At the Board meeting held Sept. 17 the Board approved the payment of 5 scholarships, and each of these winners receives a $1,000 scholarship.

Read More >>

 

August Legislative Report by Todd Tennis
Posted September 1st, 2016

The Primary Election is over, and due to the nature of Michigan’s legislative districts, that means that about 80% of Michigan House Seats have essentially been decided due to the fact that most seats are skewed toward one party or the other.

Read More >>

 

Personal Leave Grant - Oct 1, 2016
Posted September 1st, 2016

On October 1, 2016 the State will grant personal leave to employees. Read the full story for details.

Read More >>

 

July Legislative Report, by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted July 25th, 2016

The Michigan Legislature is in the middle of its summer recess, but most legislators and staff have shifted into campaign mode. Every seat in the Michigan House is up for election this year, though the Michigan Senate members will not appear on the ballot until 2018.

Read More >>

 

Calendar of Events

Dec
11
Dec
23
Christmas
MAGE Office Closed
Welcome to MAGE!

Together we can Achieve More!

Feel alone? As a MAGE member you are not alone! We need to stand together - stronger than ever before- and work to protect our rights. After all, no one else will! As long time MAGE members know, there is untold strength in numbers. In spite of past successes, our future effectiveness in these difficult times rests in your hands. Only through membership growth can MAGE continue to work and win on your behalf. With each new member, our voice gets stronger. And that has never been more important than today.

To sum it up, you need us and we need you, now more than ever before! Join your fellow non-exclusively represented employees in protecting our future. Together, we can achieve more!

MAGE Office

MAGE Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  MAGE Address:  6920 S. Cedar, Suite 7, Lansing MI  48911.  
MAGE observes the same Holidays as State offices, and is closed on those days. Questions?  Call Us!  1-800-477-6243  Or email us at  info@mage.org


Informational Meetings

Would you and your co-workers like to meet with MAGE representatives and hear what MAGE has to offer?  We'll come in, buy lunch and discuss what MAGE can do for you.  Just call the MAGE office at 1-800-477-6243 and we'll be happy to set this up for you. 

Member Benefits & Application

Click here for the MAGE application for membership

MAGE- OPEIU Local 2002 members are represented by our professional labor relations staff, our legislative lobbyists, Capitol Services, and in Board approved litigation by Brandon Zuk, of the Fraser, Trebilcock firm. Members are afforded the opportunity to serve on the Board and MAGE Committees, and become directly involved with the day to day activities of MAGE.

The Membership Benefits Program provided directly by OPEIU to all active members of MAGE-OPEIU Local 2002 includes:

  • MAGE - HotelStorm Exclusive Hotel Discounts of up to 55%
  • Identity Theft Protection -  from InfoArmor - activate by calling 800-789-2720 or register at www.OPEIUidProtect.com 
  • Nation Safe Drivers $200 benefit -  provides 2 tows or service calls up to $100 each per year.  To receive a tow call NSD at 1-800-617-2677 Producer Code:  74046 Plan Code C
  • A $7,000 Life Insurance Benefit
  • A $7,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Benefit
  • A $500 Disability Benefit
  • OPEIU Union Scholarships - Howard Coughlin Scholarship worth over $6,000 plus John Kelly and Romeo Corbeil scholarships. 
  • Union Plus Benefits - Scholarships and a wide range of high quality benefits with great values in many areas, including credit card with 0% interest for 12 months and mortgage services, legal services, auto purchases and rentals, travel & recreation and many more.
  • MAGE Scholarships at $1,000 each (usually 3 or more awarded each year).  Winners are randomly selected from all applicants.

RETIREES - may join MAGE for $25 per year or for a $60 annual fee you can be an Enhanced Retiree Member

Enhanced Retiree Benefits include: $2,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy, Towing/service Benefit for 2 calls per year up to $100 each, Identity Theft Protection and Membership in the WellCard Health Program.

WAGES- COORDINATED COMPENSATION PANEL PROCEEDINGS UPDATE

Following discussions between the unions representing NEREs and the Office of the State Employer, the Civil Service Commission on December 16, 2015 approved the following which were implemented as of October 1, 2016:

  • WAGES:  In October 2016:  1% base wage increase
  • LUMP SUM in October 2016:  1.5%
  • SICK LEAVE - usage rule changed to include grandchildren
MAGE continues working hard to enlighten the Civil Service Commission regarding inequities for NEREs in the future.  The Coordinated Compensation process for FY 17/18 has begun.  Our proposal for  FY 17/18 includes the following:

A 4% raise for all NEREs, MAGE advocated for the following:
  • A special, additional 3% raise for Nurse Supervisors and Managers due to the well documented recruitment/retention problems. Specifically, MAGE recommended a one-time 3% increase for all Supervisors/Managers with more than 2-years tenure; and a one-time 3% increase to any current Nurse Supervisor/Manager upon reaching the two-year mark; and a one- time 3% raise to any Nurse Supervisor/Manager appointed in the future who reaches the two-year mark. 
  • A promotion incentive for supervisors in the Department of Corrections due to:  Inadequate pay, as it is not adequate to offset the reduction in overtime pay potential.  The additional responsibilities are oppressive.  Annual Leave: Officers should be allowed to use annual leave instead of comp time if they have an annual leave balance of 200 hours.  NERE’s must be at annual leave max before they are allowed to use annual leave instead of accrued comp time hours.  Shift preference by seniority, rank and file employees are reluctant to promote because once they are a supervisor they lose the ability to choose which shift they prefer to work.
                   
WARNING
 
Our MAGE lobbyists have informed us that our legislators are poised to come after our RETIREE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. This is another major assault on state employees that we cannot stand by and allow to happen. We are already assessing the viability of another lawsuit. Each of you need to call your representative today and remind them what state employees have already given up.
 
Remember that, as state employees, you are inextricably tied to politics. You either get in the game or get the shaft.
 
Please share this with your fellow NEREs.- tell them to pro-act on this issue or it will be too late.  Tell them to join MAGE today and help us help you!

Click here to see MAGE's Coordinated Compensation Proposal for FY 17/18.  Please keep in mind this is our proposal, and it has not been approved by the Civil Service Commission at this point.


Pictured L - R are 2nd Vice President Brant Wimbush, with MAGE President Alan Quattrin testifying in the the CCP Hearing November 3, 2015. 

 

 

Welcome to MAGE!

Together we can Achieve More!

Feel alone? As a MAGE member you are not alone! We need to stand together - stronger than ever before- and work to protect our rights. After all, no one else will! As long time MAGE members know, there is untold strength in numbers. In spite of past successes, our future effectiveness in these difficult times rests in your hands. Only through membership growth can MAGE continue to work and win on your behalf. With each new member, our voice gets stronger. And that has never been more important than today.

To sum it up, you need us and we need you, now more than ever before! Join your fellow non-exclusively represented employees in protecting our future. Together, we can achieve more!

MAGE Office

MAGE Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  MAGE Address:  6920 S. Cedar, Suite 7, Lansing MI  48911.  
MAGE observes the same Holidays as State offices, and is closed on those days. Questions?  Call Us!  1-800-477-6243  Or email us at  info@mage.org


Informational Meetings

Would you and your co-workers like to meet with MAGE representatives and hear what MAGE has to offer?  We'll come in, buy lunch and discuss what MAGE can do for you.  Just call the MAGE office at 1-800-477-6243 and we'll be happy to set this up for you. 

Calendar of Events

Dec
11
Dec
23
Christmas
MAGE Office Closed
Dec
30
New Year's Holiday
MAGE Office Closed
Jan
7
Board Meeting - Comfort Inn, Mt. Pleasant
Comfort Inn and Suites - Mt. Pleasant

Member Benefits & Application

Click here for the MAGE application for membership

MAGE- OPEIU Local 2002 members are represented by our professional labor relations staff, our legislative lobbyists, Capitol Services, and in Board approved litigation by Brandon Zuk, of the Fraser, Trebilcock firm. Members are afforded the opportunity to serve on the Board and MAGE Committees, and become directly involved with the day to day activities of MAGE.

The Membership Benefits Program provided directly by OPEIU to all active members of MAGE-OPEIU Local 2002 includes:

  • MAGE - HotelStorm Exclusive Hotel Discounts of up to 55%
  • Identity Theft Protection -  from InfoArmor - activate by calling 800-789-2720 or register at www.OPEIUidProtect.com 
  • Nation Safe Drivers $200 benefit -  provides 2 tows or service calls up to $100 each per year.  To receive a tow call NSD at 1-800-617-2677 Producer Code:  74046 Plan Code C
  • A $7,000 Life Insurance Benefit
  • A $7,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Benefit
  • A $500 Disability Benefit
  • OPEIU Union Scholarships - Howard Coughlin Scholarship worth over $6,000 plus John Kelly and Romeo Corbeil scholarships. 
  • Union Plus Benefits - Scholarships and a wide range of high quality benefits with great values in many areas, including credit card with 0% interest for 12 months and mortgage services, legal services, auto purchases and rentals, travel & recreation and many more.
  • MAGE Scholarships at $1,000 each (usually 3 or more awarded each year).  Winners are randomly selected from all applicants.

RETIREES - may join MAGE for $25 per year or for a $60 annual fee you can be an Enhanced Retiree Member

Enhanced Retiree Benefits include: $2,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy, Towing/service Benefit for 2 calls per year up to $100 each, Identity Theft Protection and Membership in the WellCard Health Program.

WAGES- COORDINATED COMPENSATION PANEL PROCEEDINGS UPDATE

Following discussions between the unions representing NEREs and the Office of the State Employer, the Civil Service Commission on December 16, 2015 approved the following which were implemented as of October 1, 2016:

  • WAGES:  In October 2016:  1% base wage increase
  • LUMP SUM in October 2016:  1.5%
  • SICK LEAVE - usage rule changed to include grandchildren
MAGE continues working hard to enlighten the Civil Service Commission regarding inequities for NEREs in the future.  The Coordinated Compensation process for FY 17/18 has begun.  Our proposal for  FY 17/18 includes the following:

A 4% raise for all NEREs, MAGE advocated for the following:
  • A special, additional 3% raise for Nurse Supervisors and Managers due to the well documented recruitment/retention problems. Specifically, MAGE recommended a one-time 3% increase for all Supervisors/Managers with more than 2-years tenure; and a one-time 3% increase to any current Nurse Supervisor/Manager upon reaching the two-year mark; and a one- time 3% raise to any Nurse Supervisor/Manager appointed in the future who reaches the two-year mark. 
  • A promotion incentive for supervisors in the Department of Corrections due to:  Inadequate pay, as it is not adequate to offset the reduction in overtime pay potential.  The additional responsibilities are oppressive.  Annual Leave: Officers should be allowed to use annual leave instead of comp time if they have an annual leave balance of 200 hours.  NERE’s must be at annual leave max before they are allowed to use annual leave instead of accrued comp time hours.  Shift preference by seniority, rank and file employees are reluctant to promote because once they are a supervisor they lose the ability to choose which shift they prefer to work.
                   
WARNING
 
Our MAGE lobbyists have informed us that our legislators are poised to come after our RETIREE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. This is another major assault on state employees that we cannot stand by and allow to happen. We are already assessing the viability of another lawsuit. Each of you need to call your representative today and remind them what state employees have already given up.
 
Remember that, as state employees, you are inextricably tied to politics. You either get in the game or get the shaft.
 
Please share this with your fellow NEREs.- tell them to pro-act on this issue or it will be too late.  Tell them to join MAGE today and help us help you!

Click here to see MAGE's Coordinated Compensation Proposal for FY 17/18.  Please keep in mind this is our proposal, and it has not been approved by the Civil Service Commission at this point.


Pictured L - R are 2nd Vice President Brant Wimbush, with MAGE President Alan Quattrin testifying in the the CCP Hearing November 3, 2015. 

 

 

HEADLINES
October Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted October 25th, 2016

The election is upon us and it is one of the strangest our nation has ever had. Rarely have there been two presidential contenders that were so unpopular. Donald Trump’s highly unorthodox campaign could still bear fruit on November 8, but the latest polls show him a longshot to defeat Hillary Clinton. In Michigan, Clinton is up by anywhere from 5-8 points in the polls, but it is still hard to say how that will affect down-ballot races, if at all.

Read More >>

 

MAGE Board Selects the 2016 Scholarship Winners
Posted September 27th, 2016

The MAGE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the MAGE Scholarships for 2016. At the Board meeting held Sept. 17 the Board approved the payment of 5 scholarships, and each of these winners receives a $1,000 scholarship.

Read More >>

 

August Legislative Report by Todd Tennis
Posted September 1st, 2016

The Primary Election is over, and due to the nature of Michigan’s legislative districts, that means that about 80% of Michigan House Seats have essentially been decided due to the fact that most seats are skewed toward one party or the other.

Read More >>

 

Personal Leave Grant - Oct 1, 2016
Posted September 1st, 2016

On October 1, 2016 the State will grant personal leave to employees. Read the full story for details.

Read More >>

 

July Legislative Report, by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted July 25th, 2016

The Michigan Legislature is in the middle of its summer recess, but most legislators and staff have shifted into campaign mode. Every seat in the Michigan House is up for election this year, though the Michigan Senate members will not appear on the ballot until 2018.

Read More >>

 

Michigan Association of Governmental Employees
OPEIU Local 2002
6920 S. Cedar, Suite 7
Lansing, MI 48911
Phone:

Fax:
(800) 477-MAGE
(517) 694-3123
(517) 694-8250