Please take a moment to read the attached Lansing State Journal article regarding overtime in our state hospitals. Labor Relations Director John DeTizio is quoted in this article advocating for the removal of mandatory overtime and a special wage increase for our RN’s.
Attached you will find the rules, regulations and application for the OPEIU 2021 Student Debt Reduction Program.
All applications must be sent to MAGE and signed by the MAGE Local 2002 President or Secretary/Treasurer before submission to OPEIU. Any application that is incomplete or unsigned will be returned to the Local Union Office for follow up with the member/application. This may cause the application to be delayed or even denied if it is not timely submitted.
More information can be found on the OPEIU Website.
The application deadline is June 30, 2021. Take advantage of these benefits, it really does pay to belong!
The State of Michigan has announced that all career employees of the State of Michigan will receive a one-time grant of 8 hours of sick leave. This one time grant is intended to be used by the employee to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination. Follow the link to view Civil Service Regulation 5.10 for more detailed information.
As you all know MAGE has been advocating for the restoration of sick leave hours lost due to mandatory quarantine procedures in the DOC. We have taken a number of these to hearings and have notified our MAGE lobbyists to address this issue at the highest levels.
Enclosed in this article are links to the OPEIU Scholarship applications, rules and regulations. Please remember to complete the application fully, then send to the MAGE office so we can verify for OPEIU that your membership is in good standing. Read on for the link to the applications.
The results of the 2020 MAGE General Council Elections are in! This year MAGE delegates placed their votes for State Officers, District Directors, District Deputy Directors, and a Resolution that has been proposed to move the MAGE General Council from a biennial meeting to a quadrennial meeting.
After the economic crash of 2008, many retirees who had already performed a lifetime of work and were living on a fixed income experienced a reduction in the amount of their income. During the same 2008 downturn, many companies suffered a loss in revenue. Congress enacted legislation that assisted those companies to the point where many were making record profits before the current COVID-19 crisis. It has now been shown that some of those companies invested the assistance by conducting stock buy-backs. Unfortunately, Congress did not provide such assistance to those retirees or the pension plans where they had placed their life savings.
It’s National Nurses Week! Nurses dedicate their lives to caring for those who fall ill. Now, more than ever, nurses are needed. They stand on the front lines in these uncertain times putting their own health at risk to help others. This dedication should not go unnoticed. MAGE would like to send a big THANK YOU to all nurses for their continued hard work.
The MAGE General Council is our biennial meeting where members meet to elect officers, get information and vote on policy. If you would like to attend the MAGE General Council on May 16, 2020 at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mt. Pleasant MI, please contact the MAGE office for reservations at 1-800-477-6243.
Congratulations Demetrius Starling! Posted December 17th, 2018
We are proud to report that another MAGE officer has received a Director position in the Department of Health & Human Services. Demetrius has accepted a temporary assignment to Work Out of Class in a Director position overseeing the dual counties of St. Clair and Sanilac.
Demetrius has been serving on the MAGE Board of Directors for many years. “Demetrius has worked tirelessly to assist his fellow MAGE members for many years and he has been a committed, faithful employee of the Department”, said President Quattrin. “It’s always nice to see a sincere, dedicated, conscientious employee get recognized”.
“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.
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.
Please join us in congratulating Parker Millar, winner of the 2019 Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp Scholarship! Parker is the son of MAGE-OPEIU Local 2002 member, Kelly Millar. This is just one more example of why it pays to belong to MAGE-OPEIU Local 2002!
Don’t forget to turn in your applications for the MAGE Scholarship/Student Debt Reduction! The application period closes 5PM on the last week day of August.
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.
MAGE will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be held at the Comfort Inn, 2424 South Mission Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
All MAGE members are welcome to attend at their own expense.
If you will be attending the MAGE Annual Meeting, please RSVP by April 5, 2019 to the MAGE office by calling 517-694-3123 or emailing email@example.com.
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...
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.
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!
We would like to take a second to recognize all of our nurses this week! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. It does not go unnoticed.
Attached you will find a Nurses Week flyer. We want to ask our nurses to print the flyer and send us photos of them and other members with this flyer to be submitted to OPEIU! They would like to share these photos on their social media feeds next week.
If you submit a photo, please submit names and names of your unit.
NEREs To See 1% Base Pay Increase from MIRS...
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) today approved a 1 percent base pay increase for Non Exclusively Represented Employees (NEREs), but those employees are still burning over a pay inequity they say occurred in Fiscal Year (FY) '11.
As previously communicated in a memo dated August 1, 2012, on November 8, 2012, eligible employees will receive lump sum payments in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and the approved Coordinated Compensation Panel recommendations.
Attention Corrections Members Posted September 20th, 2012
This message is to inform you that bump and/or layoff letters resulting from the closure of the Tuscola Residential Re-entry Center and the re-purposing of the Ryan Correctional Facility will be issued to the affected employees on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Any layoffs will be effective October 27 and bumps will be effective the pay period beginning October 28, 2012. Questions regarding these actions should be addressed to Labor Relations Director, John DeTizio at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unemployment Insurance Agency Reduction in Force Posted August 8th, 2012
Pursuant to discussions with Frank Russell and Marie Lisle, MAGE is providing the following information. Updates will be provided as decisions are finalized.
First Phase: Expire Limited Term Appointments by August 31, 2012. This will affect between 170-180 positions. Many of these employees came from HSS and will retain bump rights back into the bargaining unit.
Second Phase: 225 permanent positions will be eliminated. NEREs currently are employed in 65 of those positions. They will abolish approximately 34% of each classification by work location throughout the State (Lansing excluded).
MAGE members should know that their bump rights are defined in Civil Service Regulation 2.01. This Regulation prescribes that NEREs may apply employment preference (bump rights) only to the County they are currently working in.
MAGE will continue monitoring the Reduction in Force. If you feel that your employment preference rights have been violated you may contact MAGE at 1-800-477-6243, or email John DeTizio at email@example.com.
MAGE WELCOMES A NEW LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE: Please welcome Ralph Riddle, Jr. to the MAGE family! Posted August 3rd, 2012
MAGE WELCOMES A NEW LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE:
Please welcome Ralph Riddle, Jr. to the MAGE family!
Ralph served as a manager of Human Resources in the Department of Natural Resources for over ten years where he handled training, collective bargaining, safety issues, investigations, corrective actions, and discipline.
Ralph has also worked in Family Independence Agency as a Labor Relations Representative for 10 years and as Manager of the Employee Relations Unit in the Department of Human Services where he handled labor relations issues for 30 District offices in Wayne County. In this position Ralph was involved with contract negotiations and representing the department in numerous grievances, arbitrations, civil rights and technical appeal hearings.
"We wanted to hire someone who could hit the ground running, and I know Ralph can do that.", John DeTizio, MAGE's Director of Labor Relations said. "I've worked with and against Ralph for over twenty years and I was always impressed with his honesty and integrity. He is a bright competent, capable guy who always demonstrated compassion and understanding. Ralph is one of the State employees I've always kept my eye on as a possible MAGE employee. I am pleased and happy for our members" MAGE wins again!!
Michigan Association of Governmental Employees
OPEIU Local 2002
6920 S. Cedar, Suite 7
Lansing, MI 48911