I am Stephen Poor, the General Manager of Local 500 from 1996 through 1998 and President from 1998 through 2001. My education, experience, and record of success at Local 500 provide a foundation for bigger visions and goals. We need to maintain jobs that allow us to live in security, educate our children, and retire in dignity. Only leaders independent of MCPS, responsible only to you, can achieve these goals. I am that type of leader.
Our union must lead the fight to obtain livable wages for every supporting service employee and stop debating about 2 or 3 or 4 per cent raises. Our work should allow us to live in this county.
Retirement in Dignity
We can change the MCPS retirement system without legislation in Annapolis. Since every MCPS supporting service employee receives at least part of his or her retirement from the MCPS pension system, strong bargaining can help retirees NOW. We need credit for all hours worked and all money earned at MCPS, a full year's pension credit for a full school year's work, and better retirement health care benefits.
Strong Representation for You
We will ask members what they want in bargaining, keep members informed during bargaining, and show them all the language before a vote.
We will reestablish strong grievance representation, prompt responses to your questions, and frequent reports about our grievance and field staff.
Our Raises Will be the Same as Yours
I will not keep the 15% raise bargained by the Local 500 President for herself, while you received 2%. I will give the money back to Local 500. My raises and my economic future will be tied to yours.
Our union has again allowed 3 hour workers in food service, temporary workers in security and transportation, and over 100 jobs to remain open in building service. Our union must lead the fight to assist these abused workers and protect our jobs and benefits.
We will reinstate the Fair Dues Committee to recommend a fair dues structure based on the wages and hours of members. We will make sure the proposal comes to a vote of the members so we can have fair dues that everyone can afford.
Please vote for me and the rest of the FightBack500 slate.
For more information visit our website at www.FightBack500.com.
Or call me at my home 301-593-3840.