WHO WE ARE
WE ARE THE NEW YORK CITY
MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION.
WE WORK FOR YOU.
The MEA is a professional membership association dedicated to protecting and enhancing the civil service and other rights of public employees who are not eligible for collective bargaining under state and/or local law. Our membership extends to every city agency and municipality within the five boroughs of New York.
The MEA talks directly with the City and public employers for critical benefits such as our members’ pension rights, their right to redress of grievances, their right to adequate compensation, and other rights and benefits that will improve working conditions and help recruit and retain the best-qualified people in municipal management positions.
MEA membership is open to managerial employees of both the City of New York and other public employers located within the City. Enrollment is voluntary and the benefits are extensive, stretching even into retirement.
MEA ALSO STANDS FOR MERIT, EXCELLENCE AND ADVOCACY
The MEA was founded in the summer of 1968 in reaction to the passage of New York State’s Taylor Law and the implementation of the City’s Management Pay Plan, both of which hampered managers’ power to bargain with the City for compensation and benefits.
Since our founding, our primary purpose has been to provide superior advocacy services and support to all of our members. With chapters forming in virtually every agency, the MEA soon became an advocacy association where managers could be heard and represented.
Working with the City during the troubled days of the 70s and early 80s, the MEA evolved into a powerful voice for City managers. As the City recovered its prosperity, the MEA made sure the City’s management employees received benefit and salary increases.
By the 90s, MEA leadership had recruited enough new members to grow into a significant labor organization. Our increased membership numbers let us offer our members medical benefits, including eyeglasses and hearing aids, and even dental benefits.
In the early 2000s, we added financial and pension counseling and legal consultations.
Over the years, the MEA has become a strong advocate for members and non-members alike as well as a source of information on manager benefits, compensation, workplace rights, and other related issues. The NYC MEA will continue to be a catalyst for promoting public and agency policies that effect positive economic and social change for managerial employees.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
MEA’s Career Development Program provides scholarships and training to enhance the career development
of managerial employees in agencies throughout the City. The CDP will help managers improve their skills
and knowledge in their current position, with an eye toward potential career advancement.
In addition to scholarship and tuition reimbursement, the CDP provides presentations, workshops
and seminars on member-requested training. Past CDP workshops have included, issues relating
to women’s issues in the work place, handling pay equity, cultural diversity, conflict resolution,
time management, effective writing and communication, and development of presentation skills.
This program will promote capable leaders who can make sound management and governance decisions
that will improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
MEET OUR TEAM
Shelly Shulman became President of the
NYC Managerial Employees Association
in December 2017
Previously, he had served as Executive Vice President of the MEA. As both President and Vice President, he has participated in many informational and chapter meetings, helping to educate members about their benefits and recruiting chapter directors and other activists.
Shelly became an employee in the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation at Elmhurst Hospital Center in 1980. Shelly stayed at Elmhurst for most of his career, starting as a Hospital Care Investigator (a member of SSEU Local 371), then as a Senior Hospital Care Investigator. From 1990 until his retirement in 2017, Shelly held a series of managerial positions, mostly in the finance area. He was also a part-time aide to New York City Councilman Morton Povman of Queens for 10 years. Shelly also served on the MEA’s Legislative, Strategic Planning, and Bylaws Committees.
Shelly’s family has a history of political activism, beginning with the Kennedys and extending from the Obama administration through to today.
Shelly is a music aficionado. His method for relaxing and having a great time is to “jam” playing the guitar with fellow enthusiasts. He is also a “Deadhead” attending “too many to count” concerts by the Grateful Dead and similar groups. To keep in shape, he plays basketball. Shelly is married and has three sons in their twenties.
Edgar Landas Executive
MEA Executive Vice President Edgar Landas is the
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the Mayor’s Office
of Contract Services (MOCS)
Before joining MOCS, Edgar was a Technical Solutions Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI), where he advised and consulted for City agencies on a diverse portfolio of tech projects. Throughout his career, Edgar has focused on innovating public sector IT, especially since entering City service in 2013.
Edgar received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double-major in Finance and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary, and recently completed his Master of Science in Technology Management degree from New York University.
Linda Barnes is the appointed Executive Director of the NYC Managerial Employees Association (MEA).
As the Executive Director, Ms. Barnes works in conjunction with the President and Executive Board to provide leadership and develop strategies for the continued growth of the organization.
Ms. Barnes has been a long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York. Prior to her MEA appointment, she was employed within the healthcare industry for more than 17 years, as well as an additional 12 years with other city agencies (New York City Department of Transportation, Human Resources Administration and Health + Hospitals Corporation). Her areas of expertise are clinical trials and research, outpatient care, and financial management.
Ms. Barnes has dedicated her entire professional career towards improving the lives of others. She been recognized by public officials or employers for her tireless efforts. She has received awards as Outstanding Employee, Unsung Hero and Certificates of Appreciation. She dedicates her time and membership endeavors to the NAFE (National Association of Female Executives), Toastmasters International, Alzheimer’s Association and AARP.
Ms. Barnes earned with academic honors, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
She believes firmly in using a professional approach of “leading by example” as a means of solving problems, advocating for others, and providing high-quality client and customer services.
When dealing with challenges or adversity, Ms. Barnes has taught herself to maintain the following focus: “God developed the roadmap for me, when I was born; therefore, he will not place more upon my shoulders than I can bear”.
Ms. Barnes is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to various types of music, visiting museums and old architectural structures. She enthusiastically embraces life every day, as well as her role and responsibility towards the MEA, its members and every human being.
Bernard Olan became Treasurer of the MEA in January 2018.
He also serves as Director of the Office of Environmental Health
and Safety in the Department of Education
Bernard Orlan’s specialty is environmental health and safety, ensuring that schools have everything from working windows to classrooms free of asbestos exposure. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Bernard worked with other City, State, and Federal agencies to repair public schools damaged by the winds and flooding. Following the attack on September 11, 2001, he managed the cleanup and environmental monitoring of all schools in the affected area of Lower Manhattan during the lengthy environmental cleanup.
Before working for the city Bernard was with the Army Corps of Engineers, working on projects ranging from waterway navigation and flood protection to preventing hazardous waste landfills from leaching into aquifers. Many of the chemical and water quality issues he encountered there would greet him again at DOE.
“I do my work best when I don’t make the news. Yet, when we don’t make the news no one appreciates what we do,” said Bernard. The positive impact he’s had on close to three and a half million children during his career is what makes the effort worth it. “There’s some child in the city who didn’t end up with asthma issues from diesel fumes or lead poisoning, and that’s very rewarding.”
As Treasurer he hopes to convince MEA members that their membership dues are worth it. With the greater negotiating power stemming from larger membership numbers, he is confident that he can make the Association more effective when it’s time to go to bat for raises.
Asked what he’d like to tell his fellow MEA members, he replied, “We understand what you’re feeling and we are fighting to make sure you are treated with respect and dignity.”
Recording Secretary Clara Guity-Bess is an Assistant Director
at the Queens Cancer Center at NYC Health and Hospitals.
As MEA’s newly elected Recording Secretary she will take minutes and notes at the MEA meetings.
In her work as Assistant Director, Clara runs a team of administrative assistants, patient care associates and clerical associates and finds real rewards in encouraging her team to grow. “I think the key to motivating is caring and getting to know my employees and allowing them to voice their opinion and helping them pursue it in any kind of way.”
Clara joined the MEA in 2016 and she’s looking forward to getting to know the Association in more depth.
Director-At-Large Cesare Lucido was a career employee
of the NYC Housing Authority.
Cesare started working for the City as a summer job and stayed for 36 years. He worked his way from cutting the lawns of public housing on up to managing housing inspections and upkeep as Deputy Director in the Bronx. He came to the MEA originally because of its managerial benefits and now, post-retirement he’s working as a Director-at-Large to “help the cause and keep informed.” An avid marathon runner, Mr. Lucido keeps moving in his work life too. After leaving city work, he didn’t waste time getting a new position at Touro College as a facility manager and is enjoying learning something entirely unrelated to housing: osteopathic medicine. “I go into the operating room and watch them operate. I learn how to mix medicines. It’s very interesting.”
Director at Large
Director-At-Large Darrell Sims is Deputy Director
for Multifamily Design Review at HPD
In his new role as Director-At-Large, Darrell Sims will act as a conduit to the MEA, reporting any issues members might be having and ensuring they are receiving all MEA only member benefits in a satisfactory manner.
Darrell began his career in 1977 working for the city agency responsible for developing and maintaining affordable housing – back then he simply thought of the job as a way to work his way out of his Columbia University dorm room and afford his own apartment. He had just finished graduate school with a Masters Degree in Architecture. He ended up liking the work enough that he went back after receiving a fellowship to attain a second Masters Degree in Real Estate Development. His recent work includes the inclusionary housing development at 300 Ashland in Brooklyn’s neighborhood of Fort Greene. The stunning 35 story metal building contains 379 units – of which 79 are affordable housing. Darrell has been a member of the MEA since 1993.
Linda A. Barnes
Member Services Representative