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Know Your Rights, Second Quarter of 2010

Recently, a member was told that they could not exercise their right to utilize Tuition Reimbursement due to budget shortfalls, even though the employee had followed all of the proper procedures.

Administrative Regulation 70.30, Section 2.1 states the following:

“Eligible employees will be reimbursed for 100% of tuition and mandatory fees, and for textbooks and supplies under certain conditions, up to a limit of $700.00 per fiscal year. Reimbursement will be made for professional and technical courses offered by accredited colleges, universities, business, trade or correspondence schools, as part of an educational plan which has been approved by the Appointing Authority.”

Tuition reimbursement is a negotiated benefit that all MEA-represented employees are entitled to, regardless of the City’s current budget woes. This benefit was created in order to encourage and financially assist employees with their scholastic endeavors in order to improve their job knowledge, skills and abilities. So if you are denied tuition reimbursement, let us know. We are here to protect and enforce your rights!