Attorneys join MAPE
We’re proud to welcome 74 attorneys from nine state agencies who joined MAPE last December. An organizing committee of seven attorneys, working with MAPE business agents, signed up more than 80% of their coworkers on union authorization cards and 70% on a petition demanding the State voluntarily recognize them as a union and MAPE as their exclusive bargaining representative. After initial voluntary recognition, MMB then refused to negotiate the transition to our union and unilaterally changed the terms and conditions of employment. However, we prevailed in negotiating a settlement that provided the attorneys with the pay increases and health care they should have received from the beginning. We upheld our right to negotiate over changes before the employer makes them to our terms and conditions of employment.