The Michigan Association of Governmental Employees (MAGE) was founded in December of 1980 to protect the rights and promote the interests of classified State of Michigan Employees in non-exclusively represented positions.
We are an organization designed to serve those employees who are excluded from collective bargaining rights under the state's Employee Relations Policy. MAGE is affiliated with OPEIU as local 2002 (Office and Professional Employees International Union).
Our policies are formulated at annual General Council meetings attended by delegates elected from districts throughout the state. Delegates vote on resolutions submitted by members or committees, and elect state officers and the board of directors.
MAGE is divided into Districts for representation purposes, each administered by a District Director and Deputy Director elected by their district delegates to the General Council. The Executive Committee is elected by all General Council delegates. That committee, together with the District Directors makes up the Board of Directors which is responsible for managing the affairs of MAGE.
Do you ever feel alone in attempting to protect your rights as a non-exclusively represented employee?
In June of 1982 MAGE won meeting rights with departments for the first time. Since then, we have used those rights to protect employees adversely affected by departmental reorganizations, to guarantee equal promotional opportunities, and to protest staffing shortages and adverse working conditions.
The MAGE Statement of Financial Position is available upon request
- call 1-800-477-6243 to receive your copy.
We have now successfully culminated an agreement which will result in the transfer of all State of Michigan employee members of Local 512 to MAGE Local 2002. As of September 2004 MAGE will become 600 members stronger.
MAGE Local 2002 President Dale Threehouse and Labor Relations Director John DeTizio met for two days with 512 officers, John Strachan and Aaron Sanders in the office of OPEIU President Michael Goodwin (pictured below) to work out the details of the agreement. President Goodwin said, "I am very pleased that the local unions were able to reach this historic agreement. A single local union representing public employees in Michigan will accelerate our organizing success. I look forward to working to grow the union."
Front Row L-R - John Strachan, Michael Goodwin, Dale Threehouse, Y'von Forehand
Back Row L- R - Aaron Sanders, John DeTizio, Michael Hosey