The fall edition of the Solidarity Newsletter announced the upcoming MASE/CWA Governing Board elections. With more than 15 days notice, all mailed nominations were received by the October 3, 2014 deadline. None of the nominees received any opposition to their nominations, so by acclaimation, please join us in congratulating those listed below as our new governing board:
MESSAGE FROM MASE/CWA PRESIDENT:
Here's a moral issue worth fighting against.
In addition, last year the legislature enacted a law allowing the Executive Director of DHS, Ricky Berry to contract with vendors or private for-profit contractors to provide ANY of its services.
Now in the Jackson Free Press "Democrats Blast Child Support Privatization", Thursday, August 28, 2014 article, we find that 17 southwest Mississippi counties are serving as a pilot program prior to handing over the entire state to a pilot for-profit corporation set to make millions!!
For now 50 workers are slated to loss their jobs. Berry even recognized the outstanding work of the public workers in increasing child support collections. To hear the Reverend Representative Gipson say that the PEER committee (the investigative branch) recommended removing DOE workers from under the State Personnel Board to making it easier for workers to be fired is a joke. The same PEER committee reported that state workers do a better job of collecting child support than the private for-profits just doesn't matter to the Teapublicans.
I will post the voting record of the lawmakers drinking the wacky tea that puts profits before people. Our state workers have been forced to work long hours traveling from county to county to input the data of all of the child support cases into the system where policy will dictate the benefits is just a mild way of treating the workers as a commodity to be used and discarded, We need to write letters to the editor, demonstrate, march, vote out immoral lawmakers and whatever we can do to stand up and fight back!
Please click HERE to see the news report from WLBT reporting on the Department of Education changes legislated and being put into place with me being interviewed questioning these changes.
Currently, we are the largest public workers' union in Mississippi, representing over 3,000 state workers in such state agencies as: Dept. of Human Services, Health, Medicaid, Dept. of Transportation, Corrections, Mental Health, MS Industries for the Blind, MS Educational Television Authority, MS State Tax Commission, MS Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, MS Public Service Commission and the Institutions for Higher Learning, which includes the University Medical Center, as well as all state universities. Additionally, there are over 800 members in separate branches of our union that include the City of Jackson employees and Headstart employees in 10 counties around Mississippi.
As a "right to work" state, Mississippi is tough to organize; but the courage and determination of our rank and file, elected leadership, and our staff of organizers have delivered us some real successes in the twenty years of our existence.
We are the largest and only Public Sector local in Mississippi under District 3 Communications Workers of America's Vice-President Judy Dennis.
MASE/CWA also receives the support and assistance of our Public Sector Vice-President Brooks Sunkett at the National Headquarters of the Communications Workers of America located in Washington, D.C. :
CWA members are employed in the telecommunications industry, printing and news media, public service, television, general manufacturing, sound and electronics, construction, as well as gas and electric utilities.
There are more than 1,250 CWA chartered local unions throughout the U.S. and Canada. CWA members live and work in more thatn 10,000 different communities.
As such, we are part of the larger family of labor, the AFL-CIO.
The AFL-CIO speaks for the whole labor movement before Congress and other branches of government and coordinates Labor's legislative agenda and lobbying efforts. They coordinate grass roots action such as boycotts, demonstrations, rallys, etc.
The AFL-CIO works to increase the public's awareness of unions and what they stand for through public relations including the series of TV and radio spots called UNION YES! They are the providers of the Union Privilege benefit programs.
Mississippi state workers are encouraged to join MASE/CWA; we're here for you! Whether a member or not, you've benefitted from our efforts over the years; but we could accomplish so much more if EVERY state worker was a union member. Our strength is in our numbers and in our level of activism. Contact us to learn more about how you can join or become more active!
Brenda Rice Scott, a native of Adams County Mississippi and a graduate of Alcorn State University, is a former employee of the Mississippi Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
Through her role as a MASE/CWA activist, she was recruited to become the first state employee hired as an organizer in Mississippi on its staff in 1990.
Brenda was the recipient of the 2003 Southern Christian Leadership’s "Drum Major for Justice Award" and the 2003 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s "Eye on the Prize Award" in organizing. In addition, Ms. Scott was presented with the CWA 2005-2006 Organizing President's Annual Award.
She was the first elected vice-president of MASE/CWA and after serving one term in that position, she was elected President of the local. Currently, she is serving in her sixth term in that position.