Sad News

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of our long-time Recorder and Union brother Nelvin Ransome.  Nelvin passed away late yesterday afternoon from complications related to COVID.

Nelvin had been a part of the Local 1994 family since he started working with Ride-On as a Bus Operator in 1989. He became a Shop Steward after just a few short years and was elected to the Executive Board in 2006. Ultimately, he rose to the office of Recorder and held that position until November 30, 2020.

One of Nelvin’s most significant strengths was his uncanny ability to truly connect with everyone he encountered despite any difference that may have existed. 

As Recorder, which is the third highest ranking official in our Union, Nelvin was a fierce warrior for the entire labor movement, fighting on the front lines of dozens of battles across the country, continually and unapologetically pushing for social and economic justice for all working families. It goes without saying that the labor movement has lost a giant.

Nelvin was our union’s point person for over 1,000 of our represented sisters and brothers to include Ride-On, DGS, DOT, Fire & Rescue, and other members in our Union family, and was beloved by all.  Nelvin’s dedication and commitment to his Union sisters and brothers was always at the forefront and he never shied away from lending a helping hand, a kind ear, a big bear hug or a friendly handshake.  One of Nelvin’s most significant strengths was his uncanny ability to truly connect with everyone he encountered despite any difference that may have existed. 

Nelvin was preceded in death by his wife Lenora. He leaves behind a number of family and a wide swath of friends.

We are raw from this news. Nelvin’s passing leaves a hole in our hearts. He will be missed greatly.

We will keep you apprised of future plans to memorialize Brother Nelvin, but due to Covid, we must postpone our plans until we can celebrate his life safely.

Stay safe, try to keep healthy, and watch out for one another.

In solidarity,


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Quarterly Member Meetings

Local 1994’s quarterly member meetings are on Wed. Dec. 2. You must register to attend.
To attend the 11:00 am meeting, register here: Register for 11am meeting>
To attend the 6:00pm meeting, register here: Register for 6pm meeting >
Documents associated with the meeting are below.
December 2020 Member Meeting pdfMinutes - Membership Meetings 2020-08 Size: 69.28 KBHits: 95Date added: 11-30-2020Date modified: 11-30-2020 DownloadPreview pdfExecutive Board Actions - Membership Meeting Aug - Oct 2020 Size: 99.50 KBHits: 58Date added: 11-30-2020Date modified: 11-30-2020 DownloadPreview pdfAgenda - Membership Meeting 2020-12 Size: 67.57 KBHits: 81Date added: 11-30-2020Date modified: 11-30-2020 DownloadPreview

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HOC Seeking to End Covid Differentials

The COVID-19 Memorandum of Understanding with the Housing Opportunities Commission expired recently and we have been in bargaining with them to extend the agreement. Management has told us that they want to end the COVID pay differentials while keeping the rest of the agreement in place.
We don’t agree. We are filing a grievance against HOC for emergency pay. We have also declared an impasse for bargaining and are asking for arbitration on the issue.
This pandemic is far from over and is, in fact, getting worse. HOC employees deserve to be compensated appropriately for the hazardous conditions they are encountering at work. The union will exhaust all avenues to ensure that you are adequately and fairly compensated.

HOC COVID-19 MOU Executed 10_2020

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Cost Efficiency Employee Survey

Last week you should have received an email from with a subject line entitled: “CEX – Cost Efficiency Employee Survey.” Please know that if you did receive this email, it is not a spam message, or a phishing scam. Conversely, the link in question is from the firm Matrix Consulting Group, who have been tasked by your Union and the County government with providing an analysis and report in relation to our collectively bargained “Cost Efficiency Study Group.”

The purpose of this study group is to evaluate the service delivery model of your respective departments/agencies in order to identify if there are changes/modifications that can be made to these areas to better improve operations i.e. instituting new technology, changing processes, adjusting staffing levels, etc. It is imperative that Matrix Consulting Group hears from you directly about ways in which your particular service area could be adjusted in this way, as you are the ones who are tasked with directly providing these services to the residents of this County (and are ultimately the “Subject Matter Experts.”) In completing these surveys, please ensure that you speak freely, and give your honest feedback and suggestions. The responses you provide will in no way be shared with anyone in your management structure, or within County government.

If you haven’t already, please take the time to complete this survey. Please only complete the survey one time. Additionally, if you have any further questions or concerns, contact Ryan Conlon at the union office at (301)-977-2447.

In Solidarity,


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