Breaking News
MAGE Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Award Winners Selected
Posted September 12th, 2017

On Saturday, Sept. 9 during the MAGE Board meeting, ten winners of $1,000 Scholarship or Student Debt Reduction Awards were selected at random from all entries.

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Announcing the OPEIU Free College Benefit
Posted June 28th, 2017

OPEIU is pleased to introduce the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members – the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge!

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Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship Winner
Posted June 26th, 2017

We are so happy to announce that Spenser Vasbinder, son of MAGE OPEIU Local 2002 member Dayna Vasbinder has been selected as a winner of a Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship.

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OPEIU Nurses Take Capitol Hill to Demand Nurse Safe Staffing Legislation
Posted May 11th, 2017

“It’s Your Health, Your Families and Your Constituents We’re Fighting to Protect” Washington, D.C. – Nurse members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, from around the country descended on Capitol Hill on Friday, May 5, 2017, to meet with their legislators and demand safe nurse to patient ratio legislation aimed at protecting nurses, patients and their families.

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OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program
Posted April 17th, 2017

OPEIU is happy to announce the Student Debt Reduction Program. This program provides five awards of $2,500 each year to a member who has completed an associate or undergraduate degree and who can demonstrate they have at least $10,000 in student debt and their account is current.

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Compensation Update for FY 17/18
Posted December 14th, 2016

The MAGE Compensation Process for the non-exclusively represented employees (NEREs) has culminated with the Civil Service Commission approving a 3% general wage increase, effective October 2017 and no increases in healthcare premiums.

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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.

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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.

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2016 General Council
Posted May 23rd, 2016

On May 14, 2016 the MAGE General Council met at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn Conference Center to elect the Board of Directors, and hear from many outstanding speakers.

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Cotter Proposal Would Make it Easier to Fire State Workers
Posted May 19th, 2016

House Speaker Kevin Cotter announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment that would make it easier to fire state government workers.

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THE SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE BETWEEN MAGE AND THE STATE OVER DENIED RAISES
Posted May 5th, 2016

The Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) heard oral arguments in case No. 147511 brought against the state by MAGE.

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MAGE and HotelStorm - A new benefit for you!
Posted April 26th, 2016

To use this benefit - log on the MAGE website (upper right hand corner of our main page). Go to Member Resources, then click on Member Benefits. There you will find a link for this MAGE member only discount! It pays to belong!


 

Showdown Emerges On Prison Closures In Corrections Budget
Posted April 15th, 2016

A major disagreement has developed on the Department of Corrections budget with the chief senator on the topic backing a 2016-17 fiscal year budget proposal that would close two prisons and call for the department to lease and operate a privately owned prison in Baldwin.

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Please Welcome Peter Neu to the MAGE Labor Relations Team
Posted February 19th, 2016

Peter comes to us with more than 15 years experience. Having served most recently as a Labor Relations Specialist for the MI Dept. of State.

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MAGE Assists Flint
Posted January 26th, 2016

Saturday the MAGE Board of Directors voted to assist Flint by donating water through UFCW 951 & Meijer.

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2016 General Council
Posted January 7th, 2016

General Council is the biennial meeting for MAGE members.

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Civil Service Commission Approves Pay Increases for FY 16/17
Posted December 16th, 2015

MAGE President Al Quattrin testifies at the Civil Service Commission. Also presenting for MAGE were Carolyn Madding, Cassandra Craig and Bobbie Tigues. MAGE is successful in getting a change to the sick leave usage policy.

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OPEIU Convention 2016
Posted October 28th, 2015

Nomination applications are being accepted from MAGE members who would like to represent MAGE as a delegate to the OPEIU Convention June 20-23, 2016.

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Mandatory Overtime for RNs
Posted October 16th, 2015

As you may know, MAGE has been addressing this issue of mandatory overtime for our RN supervisors in DHHS for a very long time. We have met with numerous state representatives and convened countless meetings with the department.

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Meet the 2015 MAGE Scholarship Winners
Posted October 8th, 2015

Congratulations to the 4 recipients of MAGE Scholarships for 2015!

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Coordinated Compensation Process
Posted September 22nd, 2015

Well, another summer just flew by and here we are already preparing for the Coordinated Compensation Hearings for NEREs. Unlike the unions who may reach 3-year agreements, the Coordinated Compensation Panel Hearings for NEREs happen each and every year.

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New CS-100 Grievance Form
Posted September 22nd, 2015

MAGE members should be aware that Civil Service has updated the CS-100 grievance form and regulations.

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MAGE Scholarships Awarded
Posted May 28th, 2015

During the Board meeting Saturday, President Quattrin selected the 4 scholarship winners at random from all entries. Please congratulate: Alanna Phillips, Chelsea Havenor, Callie Wightman and Raymond Bressette.

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MAGE attends MiSACWIS meeting.
Posted June 12th, 2015

Pictured L - R , Director Nick Lyon, CPS-MAGE Member Nichole Jackson and MAGE Director of Labor Relations, John DeTizio

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Supreme Court Issues Rulings
Posted July 29th, 2015

Our attorney, Brandon Zuk has informed us that the Supreme Court has issued decisions in the RTW and 4% Cases.

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Maggots found in potatoes at G. Robert Cotton Facility
Posted June 3rd, 2015

State corrections officials confirmed Tuesday that lunch at a Jackson prison was interrupted Tuesday when an inmate and private food worker discovered maggots in raw potatoes they were preparing.

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Prison Food Contractor Aramark wants a raise
Posted May 22nd, 2015

Here we go again, it's the same old story. When the private profiteer take over jobs historically performed by public employees. Bid the contract low, then demand more money....even when they've been doing a deplorable job.

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Another Aramark?
Posted May 21st, 2015

Could this be another case of the state using the private sector to do prison work when the track record of the company in question is in question?

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Meeting Held with Corrections regarding Taser Implementation
Posted May 5th, 2015

On May 19 a meeting was held with DMOC Staff Michael Curley and Kathy Warner.

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ENRON Billionaire John Arnold has a problem with Librarian's Pensions
Posted April 21st, 2015

Former Enron trader and hedge fund billionaire John Arnold is launching a multimillion dollar national PR campaign attacking the hard-earned pensions of public sector workers.

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State Axing 30 more jobs in Prison Stores
Posted April 8th, 2015

About 30 state prison workers have been told they will lose their jobs as the state eliminates regional prison stores in Ionia, Jackson and the Upper Peninsula.

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Michigan's Middle Class has shrunk, making it hard to feel the economic "comeback"
Posted March 20th, 2015

If you're not basking in the warm glow of Michigan's economic "comeback," you're not alone.

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Aramark employee was ordered to serve rat eaten cake.
Posted September 25th, 2014

Latest Aramark scandal shows republicans' blind faith in prvatization is half-baked.

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Deadline to file for OPEIU Scholarships is March 31
Posted March 6th, 2015

The deadlines for the John Kelly and Howard Coughlin Scholarships are March 31, 2015, and the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp is May 15, 2015.

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Despite $454 Million Budget Crunch Michigan Senators push for new offices.
Posted February 13th, 2015

The move, proposed last year by then Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), would move senators into renovated office space while other state departments are being told to brace for cuts.

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Department of Human Services Reduction in Force
Posted December 23rd, 2014

DHS is preparing plans for a reduction in force which will affect union and non-exclusively represented employees (NEREs) here...

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Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital
Posted November 17th, 2014

Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital a 'powder keg' with volatile patients and overworked staff, nurses' rep says

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Testimony and emails shed light on right-to-work turmoil.
Posted October 31st, 2014

The State of Michigan and other defendants have denied in court filings that any violations of the Open Meetings Act took place during passage of right-to-work legislation Enter body here...

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Meet the Five MAGE Scholarship Winners for 2014
Posted October 8th, 2014

These 5 children of MAGE members received $1,000 scholarships. The winners were selected through a random drawing held by the MAGE president, Alan Quattrin during the Board meeting in Detroit on September 6th.

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Civil Service Commission 9/17/14
Posted September 18th, 2014

Civil Service Commission deadlocked again.

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MAGE Convenes Meeting with ORS
Posted August 22nd, 2014

MAGE convened a meeting with the Office of Retirement Services on August 19th to address the the concerns of MAGE members regarding proposed and pending changes in your 401k plan.

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MAGE Scholarship Application Period Down to One Week
Posted August 22nd, 2014

This is the second year that MAGE has offered members and their children the opportunity to receive a scholarship award of $1,000.

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FREE MAGE Mobile App Available Now!
Posted July 9th, 2014

I am proud to announce the free MAGE Mobile Phone App. is now available ! This app is part of our organizing effort that began at our General Council 2014.

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Letter to Editor
Posted July 18th, 2014

My name is Al Quattrin. I am the President of MAGE (Michigan Association of Governmental Employees). MAGE represents the Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains and Wardens in the MDOC. I spent 32 years in the MDOC. I testified to the Civil Service Commission regarding the Aramark contract and warned of the dire consequences...

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2014 General Council Report
Posted May 19th, 2014

The 2014 General Council was held May 10th at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing. The opening session was called to order at 10 a.m. by President Quattrin.

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General Council 2014 - Nominations and Resolutions
Posted April 10th, 2014

On May 10, 2014 the MAGE General Council will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing. Nominations and Resolutions were due in the MAGE office on March 15, and the following is a report of those items.

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The Issues with Aramark Continue to Mount
Posted March 25th, 2014

5 More Aramark Employees Kicked Out of State Prisons, MCSC Unimpressed

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MAGE Member is a Candidate
Posted January 30th, 2014

MAGE member Ken Darga is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 8th congressional district to run against Mike Rogers.

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Civil Service Commission Approves Pay Increases and Insurance Changes
Posted January 16th, 2014

Pictured are 2nd Vice President Wimbush, Commissioners Swanson and Blockett and President Alan Quattrin (L-R) MAGE members will recall that the state has been at an impasse with the unions and MAGE over pay and demanded insurance concessions for FY 14/15. The State had demanded that all employees be placed into the new State Health Plan which would increase deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and total out of pocket costs.

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OPEIU Scholarship Applications are now available
Posted January 16th, 2014

The OPEIU Scholarships are a great benefit for OPEIU members and their families.

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Aramark Update
Posted January 16th, 2014

Michigan prison official denies claims of Aramark worker having sex with inmate.

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OPEIU Announces Added Benefits for MAGE members!
Posted December 12th, 2013

Be sure to save your Fall/Winter issue of the White Collar! This issue contains your new towing/service card and 2 new benefits - a $2,000 Death Benefit and a $2,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit.

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Letter to the Governor
Posted October 1st, 2013

Please see the attached letter to our Governor. I think it's about time that our Senators, Representatives and Governor start recognizing the hard work and dedication of State employees.

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2013 MAGE Scholarship Winners
Posted October 1st, 2013

Your MAGE Board of Directors are pleased to present your 2013 Scholarship Winners: Dominique Hardy, Kaitlyn Jenkins, and Jessica Warner.

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MAGE Speaks out at Civil Service Commission Meeting
Posted September 20th, 2013

MAGE spoke out loud and clear at the September 18 Civil Service Commission meeting against privatizing food services to the private company, Aramark.

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RTW Legislation Applies to State Employees
Posted August 20th, 2013

Below is an article regarding the recent decision which allows the recent Right to Work legislation to apply to state employees.

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MAGE Board Approves Scholarships for MAGE members
Posted July 25th, 2013

The MAGE Board is excited to announce the introduction of MAGE Scholarships.

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Pay Increase for FY 13-14
Posted July 9th, 2013

The advisory bulletin No. 5.01-1-2013 shows the pay increases for State Employees which will be implemented October 1, 2013.

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MAGE Fights Food Service Privatization
Posted June 26th, 2013

President Alan Quattrin, Vice President Michael DeShambo, the MCO and other Corrections employees met with Senator Tom Casperson to discuss the privatization of the food service in Corrections.

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ACLU Lawsuit On Right-To-Work To Go Forward
Posted April 26th, 2013

Ingham Circuit Court Judge William Collette on Wednesday denied the state's request to dismiss a case that aims to quash the right-to-work law over a potential violation of the Open Meetings Act.

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