The Maryland Classified Employees Association, founded in 1935 by a group of State workers motivated to protect the merit system from political interference, is the State's oldest and largest independent labor organization for public employees. Our union is an active and powerful advocate for public employees. We provide affordable group benefits and professional representation, and fight for rights, privileges, job security, and better wages. MCEA protests privatization, harmful changes to employees' pensions, and unfair compensation issues. Over the years, MCEA has secured most of the benefits State workers currently enjoy, including the State Employees Credit Union, leave, and the pension plan. At MCEA, the members run the show. Members elect the board of directors, determine the dues, and approve the budget. MCEA monies do not fund interests in Pennsylvania, California, and other states. Our funds stay in Maryland, and our professional staff is always available to serve you. As the union for more than 15, 000 Maryland public employees and retirees, MCEA uses its political clout and legal power to advance employees' interests.