MNCPPC Return to Work Order

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Most of you were surprised last Sunday evening when you were suddenly told to report to work on Monday for a five day work week. That decision was made by MNCPPC Executive Director Asuntha Chiang-Smith.

Over the weekend, we came to an agreement with the Commission for the month of September.Members will receive a four day work week from September 13-19. The week after, MCGEO will return to the bargaining table to negotiate an agreement for October. On the week of September 21-25, members will expected to work a five day work week. The details of the agreement are in the attachment below.

On September 21, we return to the table. MNCPPC has moved to a full work schedule, but no one needs to be told about the uncertainties that fall will bring. MCGEO will continue to monitor and demand that members’ safety and health be the top priority in any decision as we have been doing since March. In tough negotiations your Union has pushed for schedule changes, hazard pay, and comp time. As we move into the fall months, we will continue to meet those challenges.

Any questions can be directed to your field representative John Barry at 202-251-0865 or to the Union office at 301-977-2447.

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Local 1994 Shop Stewards Making News

Shop Steward Clint Sobratti from Ride-On Embraces Leadership Roles

Local 1994 Shop Steward and Ride-On Employee Clint Sobratti

Local 1994 member Clint Sobratti’s impressive list of accomplishments keeps growing with his recent installment as a member of Progressive Maryland’s 2020 Leadership Institute Cohort.   Clint has worked for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Ride-On division for the past nine and half years. He’s a shop steward for Local 1994 and in that role, Clint assists fellow employees in understanding the union’s contracts.   When asked why he wanted to participate in the cohort, Clint said, “I wanted to learn more and I wanted to be a part of a group like Progressive Maryland, that wants to shape the world into how I believe a country and state should be run.”

Clint served on MCGEO’s Bargaining Committee team. He knows how to advocate for better working conditions including the need for adequate amounts of PPE during the pandemic as well as for core member needs like higher wages, lower medical costs, and sustainable retirement plans.   Clint is also very committed to environmental justice and the need to address climate change. He serves on the Montgomery County Sierra Club’s Executive Committee and was involved in some of the Fire Drill Friday events led by Jane Fonda in 2019 and 2020.   Clint was a candidate for State Delegate in District 39 in 2018. He grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands but moved to this area around 15 years ago. He lives in Montgomery Village.   

HHS Crisis Center Employee Audra Dugue Telling Her Story as Frontline Worker During This Pandemic

Local 1994 Shop Steward and HHS Crisis Center Employee Audra Dugue

Join Audra Dugue and other front line workers Thursday, August 6 at 7pm as they tell their stories of the being on the frontlines in the workforce during the Covid-19 Pandemic.   Sponsored by the Montgomery County Democratic Party Labor Advisory Committee, the virtual event (Zoom call) will also have Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, and David Trone on the Heroes Act. Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, briefing callers on the Heroes Act.   Everyone may join the call, but you must RSVP to attend:

August 6 | 7-8:30 pmHearing from our Heroes: Frontline Workers Tell their Stories


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HOC Members Win extension of COVID-19 Agreement

Local 1994 members working at the Housing Opportunities Commission in Montgomery County have won an extension to their COVID-19 Memorandum of Understanding until October 2 (or when state of emergency is rescinded, whichever comes first). The new agreement continues to mandate telework whenever possible and protects employees who must quarantine or are high risk.

Members who perform front facing or back facing work during the period of June 27 through July 24 should see their differential in the August 7 paycheck. The new differentials are $4.00 per hour for each hour of Front Facing Onsite Work and $1.75 per hour for each hour of Back Office Onsite Work.

The agreement is retroactive to June 27.

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MNCPPC Phase In Process

After negotiations we have come to an agreement with MNCPPC on the Phase-In process. The previous COVID Memorandum of Agreemet ended on June 30. This new agreement extends through August 8.

You can check out the link, but here are a few of the important points:

The transition to the next phase is postponed from July 10 to August 8.You will be receiving one day paid administrative leave per weekAnyone called back on those days will receive overtime.Social Distancing MUST be observed.

As we deal with this pandemic, the Union’s biggest concern is making sure that budget cuts don’t results in health care cuts, and that moving back to full strength doesn’t put members in danger. If the Commission wants members back on site, they need to respect your rights to a safe worksite. If you see something say something. 

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