Click HERE to read Clarion Ledger reporter Jimmie E. Gates' story on the first pay raise for state workers in seven years.
To contact Mr. Gates, call 601-961-7212 or email@example.com or follow @jgatesnews on Twitter
March 12, 2014
Presented by Brenda Scott:
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE CONSISTENT VOTES FOR AND AGAINST OUR STATE EMPLOYEES' PAY RAISE...WONDER NO LONGER. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!!!! IF THEY GIVE YOU A NO VOTE NOW AND YOU GIVE THEM A YES VOTE IN THE NOV. 2015 ELECTION, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU?.... STATE WORKERS ARE $9,000 BEHIND LA, AK, TN and AL IN AVERAGE SALARIES. WE HAVE $540m + $63m + $150m IN RESERVE...
Yeas--Anderson, Arnold, Bailey, Banks, Baria, Williams-Barnes, Blackmon, Brown (66th), Burnett, Calhoun, Campbell, Clark, Clarke, Coleman (29th), Coleman (65th), Denton, Dickson, Dixon, Eaton, Ellis, Espy, Evans (91st), Evans (70th), William Faulkner, Gibbs, Harrison, Holloway, Horan, Huddleston (30th), Alfred Jackson, Lane, Middleton, Miles, Moak, Myers, Oberhousen, Patterson, Perkins, Reynolds, Scott, Shirley, Smith (27th), Straughter, Stringer, Thomas, Warren, Watson, Whittington, Wooten, Young. Total--50.
Nays--Alday, Aldridge, Bain, Baker, Barker, Barton, Beckett, Bell, Bennett, Bounds, Boyd, Brown (20th), Busby, Byrd, Carpenter, Chism, Cockerham, Crawford, Currie, DeBar, DeLano, Denny, Eure, Evans (43rd), Formby, Frierson, Gipson, Guice, Hamilton, Haney, Hood, Horne, Howell, Huddleston (15th), Jennings, Johnson, Kinkade, Ladner, Lamar, Lott, Malone, Martinson, Massengill, Mayo, McLeod, Mettetal, Mims, Monsour, Moore, Morgan, Nelson, Pigott, Powell, Read, Rogers (14th), Rogers (61st), Rushing, Shows, Smith (39th), Snowden, Staples, Steverson, Sullivan, Taylor, Turner, Weathersby, White, Willis, Zuber, Mr. Speaker. Total--70.
Absent or those not voting--Hines, Holland. Total--2. (Rep. Holland is out ill, praying God's speed on him!)
March 11, 2014
Our Ethical Thursday rally was a huge success!
Now prepare to attend our next rally tentatively scheduled for:
Thursday, MARCH 20 at 5:30 p.m.
again on the front steps of the state Capitol building.
Be sure to call our office at 601-352-4939 to
confirm the rally event for that day.
MASE organizers plan on meeting EVERY Thursday through the end of this Legislative session, so make plans now to attend an Ethical Thursday rally!
Check back here each week for the time and place of each Thursday's meeting!
In addition, NOW is the time for EVERY member, EVERY voter you know to be calling the Capitol switchboard to leave messages for your legislators asking them to vote for a STATE EMPLOYEE PAYRAISE!
Several attempts have been made already to pass a payraise bill, but every one of them have been voted down. You MUST call and get your co-workers, family, friends and neighbors to call the Capitol and leave a message for your legislators insisting they pass payraise legislation for state employees!
The more calls legislators receive, the more likely they will be to vote FOR a payraise.
The number to call is 601-359-3770. Tell the operator you want to leave a message for Senator or Representative "so and so", and the message is: VOTE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES TO GET A PAYRAISE!
MASE organizers cannot make this happen alone. They need EVERY member to get INVOLVED in the effort being made on behalf of each and every member. This is YOUR union and without YOUR involvement and help and support, nothing is likely to happen to benefit state employees.
February 21, 2014
MARK THE DATE! YOUR ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL!!
A CALL FOR UNITY
“ETHICAL THURSDAY RALLY”
For some time now, we have watched in admiration the “Moral Monday” actions in North Carolina. Then to see the people in South Carolina and Georgia engaging in their own version of a moral movement has motivated me to appeal to your organization to join us in our “Ethical Thursday Rally”:
“ETHICAL THURSDAY RALLY”
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
STEPS OF THE STATE CAPITOL
Begin arriving 10:30 a.m.
Kick-off at 11 a.m.
We believe that by uniting together, it will go a long way to build and sustain a Mississippi movement to counter those whose agenda is to set our state on a return to economic and moral dishonesty. The progressive members of the legislature need our continuing presence and support as they attempt to fight the mean spirited legislation aimed to worsen our state’s image.
“A determined movement to advance the gains Mississippi have made together over the years”
February 6, 2014
In order to have an educated electorate it is important to know where incumbents and candidates stand on issues. It is easier to challenge an incumbent because his voting record is a very useful tool in determining what he will do in the future.
As a leader of any organization; it is imperative that you share every piece of material you can get your hands on with your members. Over the last few months in different local papers, I begin to write letters to the editors calling out the names of lawmakers from those areas currently supporting legislation which results in an adverse impact on the people they have sworn to represent. I encourage more leaders to do the same.
The Clarion Ledger used my letter as a Guest Columnist article printed in today's newspaper that I hope you will read at THIS LINK.
Brenda Rice-Scott, President of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/CWA
January 21, 2014
Please view THIS LINK to see lawmakers standing in support of our state employees pay raise.
Be a part of our conference call on Thursday and see what you can do to help. It is not enough to just stand around and complain about the teachers, they showed up on Monday and their voices were heard.
You can call the MASE office at 601-352-4939 to get the call-in information for the conference call meeting. The conference call will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. REMEMBER, you MUST call our office to get the conference call phone number and access code.
The state employees' pay raise fight begins at the state Capitol.
Brenda Scott, MASE/CWA President speaks to several lawmakers at the capitol on Tuesday, January 15, 2014 about the plight of state employees.
Please don't leave it to luck...GET INVOLVED! Brenda is also making it available where state workers all across Mississippi can participate in a mass conference call from their homes every 4th Thursday of the month beginning Thursday, January 23, 2014.
In order to participate you must call the MASE/CWA office to get the toll free call-in number and participation code. The office number is 601-352-4939 or 1-888-423-1848. The conference call begins at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. BE SURE to call in to find out all the information you need to know what YOUR legislators are doing (or not doing) to ensure you a payraise this year!
Below are photos of the first news conference held promoting payraises for state employees and other issues important to them.
December 19, 2013
Union meeting from the comfort of your own home!
In our efforts to reach ALL union members, we have implemented "at home" union meetings to make it simple for any union members to attend a union meeting!
Every fourth Thursday of the month, (beginning JANUARY 23, 2014) if you are interested in attending a union meeting from the comfort of your home, from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M., please call the MASE/CWA office beforehand and get the toll-free call-in number and participation code!
If there are areas where members would prefer another date and time, our President, Brenda Scott is ready and willing to work with those members to make it happen.
So, simply call in before the scheduled fourth Thursday meeting time and receive your call-in number and participation code, then simply call in to attend your union meeting from your home!
continuing payraise fight:
President Brenda Scott wrote a letter to the Editor in the Sun Herald newspaper, still in the effort of getting payraises for state employees in the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session.
You can read Brenda's letter HERE
ANOTHER PAYRAISE 2014 UPDATE!
sEPTEMBER 11, 2013
VIEW THE VIDEO ABOVE!.....2014 PAY RAISE CAMPAIGN HAS BEGUN......ARE YOU IN?....WHY DON'T YOU STOP COMPLAINING, GET UP, GET INVOLVED AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!...CALL THE UNION OFFICE AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP! 601-352-4939
Please don't leave it to what you think you might know; make plans to come to the meeting in your area and find out the facts! The 2013 Legislative session was a hard fought one, with some wins and some losses. If we are to prevent the continuous attack on public workers, we must start NOW with a different attitude! To win on the issues of better pay, better benefits and workers' rights going forward, we MUST have the participation of workers in ALL 82 counties.
Check back here often for meetings planned in YOUR area and make sure to attend!
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.