M-NCPPC Covid 19 Letter to Members Nov. 26

Good Afternoon Sisters and Brothers,

As you know the Commission has taken steps to force a mandatory vaccination policy on its workforce.  We all know that COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on society as a whole and that being vaccinated is the greatest protection against this pandemic.  However, the Union cannot abide the way that the Commission has abused its authority and unilaterally circumvented the collective bargaining agreement by altering work schedules and displacing employees.  Moreover, to date, neither Montgomery County Government nor Prince Georges County Government has put into place a vaccine mandate.

In an attempt to get the Commission to see that, based on the low number of employees that are not vaccinated, mandatory testing would achieve the goals of not only keeping the workforce safe; but also, would provide the safety and health measures being sought by the Commission.  To that end, the Union and the Commission engaged in mediation.  Throughout the mediation process, the Commission was unwilling to move from their stance of implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for those not vaccinated.  This policy would include employees being placed on leave without pay until proof of vaccination is provided and possible discipline where no proof is given. 

Despite the fact that the Union was amenable to a robust mandatory testing policy that would have included disciplinary measures where necessary and appropriate, the Commission did not budge.  As such, starting, Monday, November 29th, per the Commission’s proposal, those employees that are not vaccinated will be notified of next steps.  For your review, below is the Commission’s last proposal from mediation as well as the letter sent to the Union regarding this issue.  The Union wants its membership to know exactly what the Commission is going to enact. 

The Union has a pending unfair labor practice against the Commission as we are not giving up the fight in this matter. 

The Union is very disappointed that the Commission decided to impose its will on its workforce rather than engage in collaborative bargaining to find a middle ground that everyone could live with and support collectively.

In Solidarity,

Gino RennePresident/IVP

MCGEO LETTER 11_24_2021 Final dated-Commission's Implementation Plan

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Commission Proposal 11_23_2021 700pm (1)

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M-NCPPC Unfair Labor Practice on Covid and Work Locations

MNCPPC Members –

The Union is currently working diligently and tirelessly to rectify the actions taken by the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission as it relates to COVID-19 vaccinations.  Your Union understands and appreciates that this has been a frustrating situation for all employees involved.  The Union’s position is that the Commission acted outside of its authority when it altered employee work locations based on COVID-19 vaccination status.  In turn, the Union filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Commission and a hearing was held on Monday, November 15th.  We are awaiting the outcome of that charge and when we receive that information, we will be sure to share it with the membership.

Additionally, the Union is still bargaining this matter with the Commission.

Feel free to reach out to the Union office to address any further  questions, comments or concerns 301-977-2447.

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Low-Cost RN to BSN Opportunity at Franklin!

FINALLY!In Partnership with Franklin University, we are able to offer a quality RN to BSN Bachelor’s Degree Completion at a substantial discount to union members & their families!Just $200 per credit for union members!100% onlineEnrolling for Spring 2022 Start dates: January 24, 2022 (full-time) and March 7, 2022 (part-time) What’s Required for Admissions?

All applicants to the Franklin RN to BSN program must meet the following admission requirements:

Be a graduate of an associate nursing degree or diploma in registered nursing programHold a current and unencumbered RN license in the USReside in any US state or territory except one of the following:  Alabama, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Idaho, Louisiana, Marshall Islands, Minnesota, Nebraska, Palau, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

If you meet the criteria above, please submit this interest form and we’ll follow up

Franklin RN to BSN Interest Form

Join our upcoming info sessions!

Thursday November 4th from 7 PM-8PMhttps://egcc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdOiqpjkvH9Yrg8miSvvsZ8FEki1u3rie Thursday November 11th from 4PM-5PMhttps://egcc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sduigqzopE9QuGEWrCUarwyld_pQ1qfbt

Admission Guidelines

After the interest form is reviewed, an application link specific to the union program will be provided. You must only use that application link, as it will ensure that the appropriate benefits are connected to your file.  Going straight to Franklin’s general application will slow down your enrollment.Transcripts from previously attended colleges/universities where the ADN or BSN was earned must be listed on the application and required as part of your application process. For questions, please call Amy at the Student Resource Center at 740-996-4122 oremail her at ABarcus@Franklin.edu 

Or, complete the interest form here:

 Important note: To ensure you receive the correct tuition discount and information, and avoid being charged the full tuition, it’s important you follow the steps below and ONLY use the links provided to you by the Student Resource Center.  Do not complete the Franklin application on their website as that will slow down your application processTuition/Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition Cost is just $200 per credit hour for the RN to BSN programs. Prospective Students must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid and any verification steps required.Students can utilize their employer’s tuition reimbursement if available. 

Academic Advising

Eligible, accepted Students MUST attend an online group registration event and opt to self-register in their student portal each trimesterStudents MUST enroll for at least 6 credits per trimester

Who is Eligible?

The RN-BSN discounted program is open to union members in good standing, who are full dues-paying members or retiree members, and their families who meet the institution and program-specific admission and eligibility requirements outlined above. Families are children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, financial dependents, siblings and parents, including in-laws. Additional family members may qualify. Check with your union to confirm.

Franklin University was founded in 1902 in Columbus Ohio as a private, nonprofit higher education institution. Franklin has become a leader in helping busy adult learners earn a college degree conveniently. Franklin University is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  

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Annapolis Bus Company

Welcome to Local 1994. We’ve prepared a bargaining survey for you to get you thinking about the changes you’d like to make in your workplace and to help us set priorities once we begin negotiations. Please fill the survey out by October 29.

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