|3-Sept||8:00 am||MDT||Glendive MDT|
|3-Sept||10:30 am||Dawson College||Dawson Community College -UC 102
300 College Dr
|3-Sept||1:00 pm||Dawson College||Dawson Community College -UC 102
300 College Dr
|3-Sept||7:00 pm||Sleep Inn||Sleep Inn
Tongue River Room
1006 S Haynes Ave
|4-Sept||9:00 am||Sleep Inn||Sleep Inn
Tongue River Room
1006 S Haynes Ave
|4-Sept||12:30 pm||Pine Hills||Pine Hills
4 N Hayes Ave
|4-Sept||2:15 pm||Pine Hills||Pine Hills
4 N Hayes Ave
Mail ballots were sent July 2nd for the purpose of ratifying the 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE QUICK TURN AROUND TIME. CHECK YOUR MAIL AND RESPOND QUICKLY.
Please notice that MDT has a new Field Representative, Raymond Berg.
He is planning to have meet and greets around the state in the near future. Presently he has visited Lewistown, Miles City, and Glendive MDT offices. Raymond would like to meet new leaders or have conversations with members interested in becoming more active. Please feel free to contact Raymond at the Helena Headquarters at 1-800-221-3468 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist in scheduling upcoming meetings in your district.
Ready for a round of health screenings for state workers? Here’s the schedule!
Great Falls Youth Transition Center Gets First Contract
The Great Falls Youth Transition Center ratified its “first ever” collective bargaining agreement June 7, according to MPEA Field Representative Bob Chatriand, principal negotiator.
This “first ever” contract provides for pay adjustments, a grievance process, working conditions and union security—the four corners to any good labor contract. This eight person chapter is part of the Department of Corrections.
Chatriand said one of the last issues to be settled involved wages. An unfair labor practice had been filed by another union challenging the department’s decision not to provide negotiated pay adjustments. That issue was resolved April 6 in favor of the union position and the new chapter had already come to agreement on the other major issues.
In a letter to department employees announcing the decision and the pay adjustments Corrections Director Mike Ferriter wrote “We can only hope that the 2013 legislature will fix the problems with the broadband pay plan by providing the funding to move employees to the 2010 market rate.”
Chapter members Tony Avanzo and David Clark worked with Chatriand at the bargaining table. The first negotiation session for this “first ever” contract was March 28, 2011.
Bullock Warns of Potential To Go Backwards
This Election Critical for Public Employees
Steve Bullock, Montana’s Attorney General and candidate for Governor, was MPEA’s keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Meeting.
Speaking outside at Friday’s dinner gathering, Bullock started by warning:
- There is the potential for us to go backwards.
- They want to revise public employee rights and that amounts to eliminating collective bargaining.
- They want to take our pension system and gut it.
He then emphasized that “it is up to us to make a difference. This is an election about what kind of place we want for ourselves and our children.” Bullock said he and his wife have three children 10,8 and 5 years-of-age.
“I’ve got no branding iron, but I will have a veto pen to oppose what they want to do to our state,” Bullock said.
He then advised that public employees take the time to talk with friends and family about the importance of this election.
“They will pour money into Montana elections. We can only out work them. Make sure you volunteer some. Get some bumper stickers and give some money,” Bullock suggested.
“No one has more riding on this election than those of us who work as public employees,” Bullock reminded.
Bullock attended public schools in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree with honors from Columbia University Law School in New York.
On June 29, law enforcement leaders from across the state announced their support for Bullock and his running mate John Walsh, who served in the Montana National Guard for over three decades, leading the organization since September 2008. He resigned as Adjutant General to run with Bullock.
The law enforcement leaders cited Bullock’s record on stopping DUI offenders, protecting children, combating prescription drug abuse and stopping sex offenders as their reasons for supporting Bullock.
Supreme Court Clerk Endorsed by MPEA
MPEA members attending this year’s Annual Meeting endorsed the candidacy of Ed Smith for Clerk of the Supreme Court, following his discussion with members about his position and what he sees on the horizon.
Smith was first elected to his position in 1988. The position is statutory and not effected by term limits. “We have been able, because of our staff, to modernize the systems used by the Supreme Court.
Our principal goal remains to provide the best service we can to the courts and to the public.
“My job, as your Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, is to protect your access to the Court and to ensure your right to view all public information filed in this office.
“My office is committed to assisting appeals; providing information on Montana attorneys; guaranteeing openness with official filings and public documents; and delivering efficient service in a timely, fair and friendly manner.”
There are few politicians running in this election cycle with Smith’s knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
Smith graduate from the U of M in 1976 with a degree in History, but as a 16-year-old from Helena High he began working in the Montana Senate; this work in the Senate and the House continued through 1987. While Smith was a U of M freshman he was chosen to be the reading clerk for the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. He attributes his belief in the value of open government and his lifelong interest in public policy to his experiences in development of our state constitution.
Between 1979 and the end of 1982, Smith worked in Washington D.C. During that time House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill appointed him Chief Bill Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
Smith is a fourth generation Montanan whose great grandfather, John Clancy, came to Butte in 1876 to work in the mines. Smith, through the years has been supportive of those issues important to labor.