"The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people of all nations, tongues and kindreds."
"All that harms labor is treason to America. No line can be drawn between these two. If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool."
PRESIDENT: Brenda R. Scott (Organizer, MASE/CWA)
TREASURER: Dr. Ivory Phillips (JSU/IHL, Jackson)
SECRETARY: Mary Goon (DHS, Washington Co.)
REGION 1: Malinda Armstrong (Health Dept., Tunica Co.)
REGION 2: VACANT
REGION 3: VACANT
REGION 4: Willie Fuller (MDOC, Sunflower Co.)
REGION 5: Shirley Cowans (DHS, Holmes Co.)
REGION 6: Odean Reed (DHS, Warren Co.)
REGION 7: VACANT
REGION 8: Debra Williams (City of Jackson, Hinds Co.)
REGION 9: VACANT
REGION 10: VACANT
REGION 11: VACANT
REGION 12: Maxine Jackson (DHS, Marion Co.)
REGION 13: Barry Robertson (DHS, Forrest Co.)
REGION 14: Regina Reed (Corrections, Greene Co.)
REGION 15: Earnest Simpson (DHS, Hancock Co.)
MAP Headstart: Willie Herlong (Lauderdale Co.)
Brenda R. Scott, Organizer
Michele McNeal, Lead Organizer
Fred Howard, Organizer
David Schnell, Organizer
Gwen Farmer, Administrative Assistant, Membership Coordinator
Alexis Farmer, Volunteer Services
Donald J. Keshel, Gone but never forgotten.
A USERS GUIDE TO MASE/CWA
To begin with, let us examine how MASE/CWA has impacted state workers since its' inception in 1989.
The organizers at MASE/CWA have been responsible for legislation being passed that gave state workers no less than NINE pay raises. Without MASE/CWA state employees would not have received a tenth of these raises.
LIST OF RAISES OVER THE YEARS AND AMOUNTS:
So...whether you are a long-time member of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/Communications Workers of America, or just joined, understanding what we do and the benefits we offer can be somewhat overwhelming. That's partly due to our democratic structure by which over 3,000 members in all 82 Mississippi counties and nearly 60 area organizing committees and an elected Board effectively sets policy for the entire organization. It's partly attributable to the union's involvement in all areas that affect public employees - the workplace, the city, county or state agency, the Mississippi Legislature and the U. S. Congress - in an unusually wide range of workers concerns and other activities.
But, such explanations barely scratch the surface of the REAL MASE/CWA. The fact is, the union can not really be explained, it has to be experienced. As with any other truly representative organization, a little guidance can add immeasurably to one's satisfaction. Here, then, is a brief overview, offered in the hope that you will be encouraged to get involved.
WHAT IS MASE/CWA ALL ABOUT?
As a member of MASE/CWA, you belong to the national organization, Communications Workers of America, and the local organization, the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees. We are part of an organization that includes more than 200,000 other public workers in 21 states pressing forward together to improve our working lives.
From this point forward, the possibilities are virtually limitless. For example, you can:
-- Use the extensive Union Privilege consumer benefits offered to Mississippi state employees exclusively through MASE/CWA.
-- Have an exclusive $2,500 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy that comes free to all members.
-- Put your writing talents to work as a contributor to our monthly newsletter,SOLIDARITY.
-- Speak out at a public hearing on issues affecting your job, the people you serve, your agency, public workers in general, or laws affecting all public workers.
-- Run for a seat on the MASE/CWA Governing Board, elections are held every three years.
. . .And that's just the beginning. MASE/CWA members make a difference in a variety of ways, from public education on issues affecting Mississippi's public workers to litigation, lobbying and electorial politics. Talk with the MASE/CWA activists where you work for more information or contact the state-wide MASE/CWA office in Jackson.
In Washington, DC, in Jackson, MS and in communities throughout America, the members of the Communications Workers of America and the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees are working to protect the rights, benefits and to improve the pay of public workers - for our families, for our future.
YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!
"Lead people in action on behalf of their self-interests, and they will return to their jobs to advocate not only for their own interests, but for all of their co-workers." That statement, made by an earlier organizer of our union, has been proved true countless times since on thousands of national, statewide and local issues taken on by CWA and MASE over the years.
Under the auspices of MASE/CWA, thousands of area organizing committee meetings and statewide organizing conferences have identified issued, planned and implemented action, and won many improvements in public workers lives in Mississippi.
Under the auspices of our National Union, the Communications Workers of America, and the AFL-CIO, the national organization of virtually all union members in the United States, members have mobilized together to protect and advance the interests of all workers including protecting our Social Security benefits and lobbying in the U. S. Congress to enact a higher minimum wage.
OR YOU CAN STAY PUT. . .
There's a LOT you can do from the comfort of your living room: