San Diego Municipal Employees Association

March 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the MEA Digital Newsletter

A Message from MEA President Michele Chicarelli

I am happy to welcome you to the first edition of the MEA Quarterly Digital Newsletter! Here you will find updates, reminders, and more to help keep you informed, connected, and engaged with your union.

Founded in 1926 by City employees, MEA is an independent, member-controlled organization. City decision makers come and go but through it all, MEA is consistently a strong voice for its members, because MEA is all of us. Thank you for being part of MEA. We are stronger together.

Please read on and I hope you enjoy!

In solidarity,

Michele Chicarelli, MEA President

News & Information

MEA’s Website Redesigned for You!

We redesigned the MEA website based on your feedback ( Find everything you need in one place, optimized for your desktop and mobile devices.

  • View your elected representatives on the Board of Directors.
  • Find your Labor Relations Officer.
  • Use the searchable digital copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
  • Access Discount Ticket information.
  • Enjoy the photos from MEA Social Events in the Photo Galleries.
  • Select your preferred email address for MEA Eblasts (in the Member Portal).
  • And more.

You can also take it with you by saving it to your phone or tablet’s home screen (see this flyer for details).

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What’s Next? MEA MOU Reminders

It’s been almost a year since your elected MEA Negotiations Team secured a Tentative Agreement for the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after a hard-fought process over several months, and MEA members overwhelmingly ratified the historic MOU.

There is a lot to celebrate in the MOU over the next months:

  • Mark your calendars!
    • Cesar Chavez Day – Sunday, March 31 (observed on Monday, April 1, 2024) – MEA negotiations made Cesar Chavez Day a paid holiday for City employees, making San Diego the first city in California to honor the great labor leader.
    • Juneteenth – Wednesday, June 19 – MEA negotiations made Juneteenth a paid holiday for City employees. While Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday by all 50 states and the federal government, it is not a paid holiday for most.
    • Monday, July 1 – additional 4% General Salary Increase. This is the third pay raise of this new contract, following a 5% increase last July 1, 2023 and another 5% increase just a few months ago on January 1, 2024.

View the highlights of the current MOU.

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Save the Date

Save the date for upcoming MEA Social Events:

  • MEA Night at the Padres returns this season with two great games. Watch for an eblast in May for more details.
    • Friday, June 21, 2024 – Milwaukee Brewers
    • Friday, July 12, 2024 – Atlanta Braves

  • Summer Picnic – Saturday, July 20 – Crown Point Shores Park

MEA is proud to support the Employee Resource Groups at the City and their upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – Iranian American City Employees Association Norouz Celebration
  • Friday, June 21, 2024 – City of San Diego Filipino-American Employees Association Philippine Day Luncheon

MEA Member Benefits News

MEA Health and Welfare Benefits is now SDPEBA

For many years, MEA Health and Welfare Benefits has provided you with great options and service. They are now bringing that same quality, affordability, and responsiveness to more union members as the San Diego Public Employees Benefit Association (SDPEBA). They are still MEA, but more.

Contact SDPEBA with questions about your Sharp Health Plans, MEA Vision, MEA Dental, and the many other benefits available to you like AFLAC, pet insurance, etc.

For more information, visit the SDPEBA website.

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Discount Tickets for MEA Members

Looking for more fun for you and your family? MEA has discount tickets!

Check out the latest releases in the theater with discounted movie tickets available for sale at the MEA Office. Movie theaters and pricing are on the MEA Website.

We’ve also added more theme parks to those available through our third-party partner, Tickets At Work. You can also find discounted tickets to the Zoo & Safari Park, water parks, aquariums, and more. Log in to the MEA Member Portal on our website for the link and discount code.

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Have Questions? Need Assistance? Contact Your MEA Labor Relations Officer!

MEA Labor Relations Officers are experts in the workplace laws, rules, regulations, and policies that apply to you, whether City, state or Federal, and that’s only the beginning of what they can help you with.

Get the assistance and information you need to protect your job and succeed in your career at the City.

Find Your Labor Relations Officer