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Joel Felix - fighting chemical terrorism


Meet MEA-MFT member Joel Felix, a scientist at the Montana Dept. of Public Health and Human Services in Helena.


As Montana’s chemical terrorism coordinator, Joel was part of the State Laboratory team that analyzed the mysterious white powder that showed up in the state capitol mailroom in 2008. They determined it was not anthrax, a chemical explosive, or any other chemical threat.

“My job is about being prepared,” Joel said. He works to coordinate with other local, state, and federal agencies to make sure any potential threat is met with a timely, effective, and coordinated response.


Along with protecting Montanans from chemical terrorism, Joel is active in MEA-MFT at the local and state levels. He has worked especially hard on his local union’s labor management committee and employee feedback group to make sure employees’ concerns are heard and addressed.


“I do it because somebody’s got to,” he said. “And I believe change can happen. It’s about focusing on the workers and having people want to come to work -- because then you have productivity.” That works far better than focusing on productivity itself, he said. “Happy workers are more productive.”


Joel also served on the state employee union bargaining team during the latest round of economic bargaining for a state pay plan. Along with about 40 other state employees on the union bargaining team, he has been involved in negotiations for the past eight months.


Thanks, Joel, for doing Work That Matters for Montanans and for your fellow state employees!


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