Prince George’s County Memorial
Library System (PGCMLS)
UFCW Local 1994
A union is an organized group of workers who collectively use
their strength to have a voice in their workplace.
Through a union, workers have a right to impact:
Wages and benefits.
Workplace health and safety.
Job training and other work-related issues.
What is a Union?
UFCW Local 1994 (MCGEO) is a 9,000 member labor union
committed to advancing the economic interests of our
members, their families and the communities we serve through
the collective bargaining, legislative, political, and organizing
Mission Statement:
To add value to the work experience while building a stronger,
more vibrant community. We pursue policies and objectives to
sustain and protect an effective infrastructure of public services
which improve and enrich the quality of life for all.
Who are we?
In addition to representing our members, we engage in legislative
and political action and cooperate with other labor and civic
organizations, as well as civil rights groups to advance the overall
welfare of our communities, region and state.
What do we do?
Through our advocacy and engagement over the years, we’ve
Sustained/Increased funding for PGCMLS.
Strengthened our relationship with the County Council
Cultivated relationships with community organizations
Council Bill 33-2015
Our Impact
Through our advocacy and engagement over the years, we’ve
A voting labor seat on the Prince George’s County Blue Ribbon
Commission to review the Prince George’s County structural
Reduced furloughs for PGCMLS employees during economic
downturn when other Prince George’s County Departments
received rifs and furloughs*
An increase in Prince George’s County’s minimum wage for low
wage workers.
Our Impact
County contribution by fiscal year:
FY14 Actual – $18.2 million
FY15 Actual – $18.485 million
FY16 Approved – $18.485 million
FY17 Approved – $19.6 million
Council Bill 33-2015 (Public Ed)
MGM Casino Impact for FY17: $700,000
Our Impact
“You don't build an organization, you build people, then people build the
organization.” – Zig Ziglar
“The organization is, above all, social. It is people.” – Peter Drucker
“Organizations often forget about its employees and the culture and ultimately
they suffer for it, you cannot deliver good service from unhappy employees.”
Tony Hsieh
MCGEO believes an organization’s success is directly related to
employee empowerment and an intentional investment in an
organization’s human capital.
PGCMLS – Organizational Success
Open and effective communication
Trust and Partnership (“Us v. Them”):
“The Union and the Library acknowledge their joint responsibility to
foster a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect and
cooperation, in the hope that this will contribute to the greater success of the
Library and the establishment of a healthier and more productive workplace.
Among the hallmarks of this partnership are open communication and a
willingness to engage in good faith bargaining over matters required by law and
dialogue over issues of concern to both parties. The key goals of this partnership
are the delivery of quality public service to the citizens and employees of the
Library, along with enhanced employee compensation, job security and a
positive work environment for all.”
Areas for Improvement
Branch Management/Area Manager structure
Employee retention
Revisiting PGCMLS employee pay freeze
Branch temperatures and humidity - OSHA
Union presence at staff meetings
MCGEO is committed to working with the PGCMLS Board of
Trustees and management to address the aforementioned
Areas for Improvement
Gabriel Acevero, Field Representative
600 South Frederick Ave, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
[P]: 301-977-2447