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Happy Labor Day
Posted September 3rd, 2021

We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend. Thank you to all of our State Employees who work tirelessly to make Michigan a better and brighter place every day.


 

Labor Relations Director Quoted in Lansing State Journal
Posted June 29th, 2021

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.

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OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program Application Period Closing June 30th
Posted April 6th, 2020

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!

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COVID-19 Vaccination Sick Leave Allotment
Posted May 25th, 2021

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.

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April 28, 2021 is Workers Memorial Day
Posted April 1st, 2021

2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Workers Memorial day. Follow the link for more information on Workers Memorial Day.

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Benefits For Life Open Enrollment March 8 - 26
Posted March 1st, 2021

Benefits for Life Open Enrollment will open March 8 - 26 2021. Please see the attached news letter for more information.

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COVID-19 Sick Leave Update
Posted February 3rd, 2021

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.

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The 2021 OPEIU Scholarship Application Period is now Open!
Posted January 27th, 2020

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.

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COVID - 19 and Workers Compensation
Posted October 19th, 2020

MAGE is encouraging its members who become ill with COVID-19, or who are quarantined due to coming into contact with COVID-19 at work to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

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MAGE 2020 Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Winners
Posted October 15th, 2020

Join us in congratulating the MAGE 2020 Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Winners!

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Make Your Voice Heard
Posted August 3rd, 2020

Call your Senator today and tell them we need to extend the Heroes Act!

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Benefits Open Enrollment
Posted July 22nd, 2020

Benefits open enrollment Part 1 will open August 3, 2020 through August 18, 2020! See the Attached News Letter from OSE regarding Benefits Open Enrollment Part 1 and Part 2!

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2020-2021 State Employee Insurance Rates
Posted July 14th, 2020

The 2020-2021 State Employee Insurance Rates have been posted on the Michigan Civil Service Commissions website.

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Informal Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on N.J. Nurses
Posted June 16th, 2020



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Midwestern Dental Has Ceased Operations in Michigan
Posted May 28th, 2020

Midwestern Dental has informed the State of Michigan that it will cease all operations and close all locations in Michigan this week.

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2020 General Council Election Results
Posted May 26th, 2020

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.

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A Message from OPEIU President Richard Lanigan
Posted May 19th, 2020

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.

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CANCELLED: MAGE General Council
Posted April 15th, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the MAGE General Council Meeting has been cancelled.

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National Nurses Week
Posted May 6th, 2020

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.


 

How to File a Workers Compensation Claim
Posted April 21st, 2020

Follow the link to the MI Civil Service Commission's webpage if you are in need of filing a Workers Compensation Claim.

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OPEIU Memo Regarding COVID-19
Posted April 9th, 2020

OPEIU Director of Communication, Education and Research has provided a memo regarding properly memorializing any OPEIU members lost due to COVID-19.

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AFL-CIO Sends Letter to House Speaker Regarding COVID-19 Relief Legislation
Posted March 23rd, 2020

See the attached letter sent to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer regarding the COVID-19 Relief Legislation.

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2020 Census
Posted February 24th, 2020

April 1st is the official census count day! Make sure you participate!

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2020 State Employee Survey
Posted February 14th, 2020

Remember to participate in your 2020 Employee Survey! The survey will be open from March 2, 2020 to March 23, 2020.

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The MAGE General Council - May 16, 2020
Posted January 24th, 2018

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.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT JOINING MAGE-OPEIU LOCAL 2002
Posted December 28th, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, non-exclusively represented employees (NEREs) electing to join MAGE-OPEIU Local 2002 and choosing the option of “payroll deduction” must do the following:

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New Member Benefit: The OPEIU Low-Cost Degree Program
Posted December 3rd, 2019

OPEIU has announced a new member benefit, the Low-Cost Degree Program. You can now earn a Bachelors Degree at a fraction of the cost!

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Check Out the New Union Plus Member Benefit!
Posted October 16th, 2019

Union Plus has announced their new Union Plus Legal Program! Get reliable and affordable advice if you need legal help or have a question.

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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”.


 

MAGE Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Winners Selected
Posted September 30th, 2019

On September 7, 2019 during the MAGE Board meeting, seven winners of the $1,000 Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Awards were selected at random from all entries.

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Ojibway Correctional Facility Closing
Posted September 17th, 2018

Our condolences go out to our dedicated members and all of the employees at Ojibway Correctional Facility which is now slated for closure in December of this year.

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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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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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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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Congratulations Parker Millar!
Posted July 8th, 2019

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.

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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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The MAGE Annual Meeting
Posted March 18th, 2019

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 info@mage.org.


 

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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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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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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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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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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$5,000 Signing and Retention Bonus for Nurses
Posted September 17th, 2018

MAGE advocated vociferously for two years before convincing the Civil Service Commission to create a rule paving the way for these bonuses.

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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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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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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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Vote Now for the OPEIU Triennial Convention Delegates
Posted December 1st, 2018

It is time to Vote for delegates to the OPEIU Triennial Convention June 10 - 14, 2019.

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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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State of Michigan Benefits for Life 2019 Open Enrollment 3/11-3/29/2019
Posted March 6th, 2019

Just a friendly heads up to MAGE members interested in Benefits for Life. Don’t miss open enrollment.

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It's National Nurses Week!
Posted May 6th, 2019

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.

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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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MAGE Scholarship and Student Debt Reduction Award Winners Selected
Posted October 16th, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 29 during the MAGE Board meeting, nine winners of $1,000 Scholarship or Student Debt Reduction Awards were selected at random from all entries.

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Court of Appeals Rules State Employees Can Have Live-In Benefits
Posted January 9th, 2013

A person living with a state employee can be covered under the employee's health insurance benefits even if they are not married, a divided Court of Appeals has ruled.

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MAGE 1st Vice President Brant Wimbush Appoionted to the DHHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
Posted July 25th, 2018

The mission of the council is to create a plan to promote and foster a culture that values diversity.

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MAGE Makes Headlines!
Posted December 13th, 2012

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.

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Lump Sum Payment Options
Posted October 3rd, 2012

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.

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OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program Now Open
Posted April 16th, 2018

Please read on for the application and regulations for the 2018 Student Debt Reduction Program.

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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: jdetizio@mage.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 jdetizio@mage.org.


 

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!!