LANSING, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 4,300 members of the Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA) have voted “Yes” on an Extension Amendment to their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Office of the State Employer (OSE). A mailing was sent to the membership on May 14 and the ballots were counted Friday.
“Our members have spoken through the democratic process and voted for the Extension Amendment to our contract,” said Scott Dianda, MSEA President. “We obviously want to achieve the best contract possible for our members. The one-year contract extension offered by OSE contains language that is very beneficial to our Union.”
Highlights of the MSEA contract Extension Amendment are:
- The contract will be extended one year. Non-compensation provisions will continue through December 31, 2011, and compensation provisions will continue through September 30, 2012. Secondary agreement provisions will continue through December 31, 2011.
- If a wage increase is negotiated by the UAW, MCO, SEIU, or AFSCME and approved by the Civil Service Commission, negotiations will be opened for MSEA.
- The number of Temporary Layoff Days allowed in a fiscal year will be reduced from 20 days to 12 days.
- Ensure that any employees returning to MSEA from a management position will only be credited seniority for time served in MSEA — not for their total continuous service hours for the State. This means that if a manager leaves the MSEA bargaining unit and returns, an employee with more seniority or equal seniority in MSEA will be given preference over the manager.
- OSE will report to MSEA which member is awarded the transfer.
- New employees hired after April 1, 2010, will be under the new state health plan. They will pay 20 percent of their premium and the employer will pay 80 percent for the new state health plan. New employees choosing an HMO will have 85 percent of the premium paid by the Employer up to the amount paid for the same coverage under the new health plan. This health plan is the same plan new employees are being hired under by the other State bargaining units.
- There will be no changes to the current employee health plan.
Dianda noted that the contract Extension Amendment has now been ratified, but it won’t be effective until the Civil Service Commission approves it.
“I would just like to thank our members for participating in the voting process,” said Dianda. “Our contract is very important and gives members a measure of security for their families in uncertain economic times.”
The Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA) was founded in 1950. MSEA represents primarily state employees in 17 departments in two bargaining units — Labor and Trades, and Safety and Regulatory. MSEA also represents county and university employees. MSEA is affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 5 of the AFL-CIO.
SOURCE Michigan State Employees Association