Obviously, the union will be in better overall health, the more full members we have. Not just in terms of the financial contribution, but also with respect to organizational unity. Eighty-nine percent of those represented by MGEC members are full members. Your support allows us to represent members in collective bargaining as well as in discussions with management about irregular or inconsistent labor practices. We also participate in discussions related to retirement, health care, state pensions, safety, hiring and outreach, and other issues impacting our members.
It’s easy to miss that our union, MGEC, isn’t particularly similar to the unions shown in the movies and on TV- we don’t have cigar smoking union bosses in dimly lit rooms around mahogany desks and aren’t preoccupied with grievances, seniority, and protectionism regardless of circumstances. We do however, represent our members to the best of our abilities when they are been harmed by unfair or inconsistent contract practices. While you may think you don’t need or use your union- you might be surprised at our role- and how we might be helping you- right now- behind the scenes.
While you may not see the active role of your union on a daily basis, a look through the history books shows the significant impact MGEC has had in establishing new positions, maintaining or expanding state engineering and land surveying jobs, obtaining higher salaries, and obtaining favorable language and work rules. Our employment environment would be different without MGEC- you need look no further than our neighboring states to see the differences in salary, vacation accrual, contract language, health care, and retirement benefits. What we have now didn’t happen without the active investment of the members who came before us.
Are you new to MGEC, or are you a long-time member, or are you anywhere in between? Get in contact with us through your local board members or representatives and get a MGEC polo shirt with our logo and join your other members in showing your support for your fellow engineers, engineering specialists, and land surveyors!