of Action July 30, 2015
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14: Judicial Branch bargaining update --
vote set on tentative agreements in the Judicial Branch
June 25, members our union negotiating teams representing
all four of our State of Maine Judicial Branch bargaining
units reached tentative contractual agreements with
management for new contracts running from July 1, 2015,
through June 30, 2017. The tentative contractual agreements
cover workers in the Professional, Supervisory, Law
Enforcement and Administrative bargaining units within
the Judicial Branch. The MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors
has reviewed the tentative agreements and authorized
a ratification vote.
members in our Judicial Branch bargaining units soon
will receive a mailing from us containing an explanation
of the tentative agreements, a ratification ballot and
a self-addressed stamped envelope. Completed ratification
ballots must be received at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 headquarters,
65 State St., Augusta, 04330, by 5 p.m. Monday, August
10, 2015, at which point the ballots will be counted
July 13 update --
Great news: Four
pieces of bipartisan legislation we supported became
law over the weekend without the Governor's signature:
LD 86, "An Act To Improve Retirement Security for Retired
Public Employees," sponsored by State Sen. Roger Sherman,
provides retired state workers and teachers cost of
living adjustments of 2.55 percent added to base pensions
in September 2015 and again in September 2016.
LD 1166, "An Act To Protect Taxpayers by Regulating
Personal Services Contracts," sponsored by State Rep.
Danny Martin, strengthens the transparency and accountability
in state personal service contracts by making cost-savings
information provided by winners of competitively bid
contracts available online for anyone to see. LD 1166
specifically requires a new contractor to provide, where
applicable, the projected savings of the contract over
the State's cost of providing the same service, and
also include the amount of savings compared to the previous
LD 1350, "Resolve, to Increase the Reimbursement Rate
for Direct-Care Workers Serving Adults with Long-Term
Care Needs," sponsored by Maine House Speaker Mark Eves,
funds an additional $250,000 over the next two years
for wage increases for personal care attendants. This
is over and above the funding in the two-year state
budget, LD 1019, which funds other home care workers.
LD 1451, "An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain
Judicial Department Employees," sponsored by State Sen.
James Hamper, funds the tentative contractual agreements
reached by our union negotiating teams in the Judicial
Branch of State of Maine Government.
go to those MSEA-SEIU members who, over the past six
months, talked with their legislators in support of
our issues. Thanks also go to those legislators who
voted the right way. Together, in addition to getting
these bills passed, we also built the support necessary
to enact LD 1019, the bipartisan state budget, over
the Governor's vetoes. Our conversations with legislators
made the difference every step of the way.
Union Negotiating Team ready to bargain!
Members of the MSEA-SEIU
Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team are ready to
News Stories and Feature Links
CANDIDATES FOR MSEA-SEIU PRESIDENT,
VICE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS: All nominations for
President and Vice President are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept.
4, per the MSEA-SEIU Constitution and Bylaws. Also, if you are
running for the Board of Directors, Vice President or President
to be voted on by Delegates at the 2015 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting
this fall, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for
publication in the Maine Stater. All candidate statements and
photos for publication in the Maine Stater are due at MSEA-SEIU
headquarters by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. If you would like to
have your photo taken for this purpose, call Tom Farkas at 1-800-452-8794
at your earliest convenience. Email candidate statements and
photos to: email@example.com or mail candidate statements
and photos to: Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 P.O. Box 1072,
Augusta, ME 04332-1072. Click
here for a poster of this notice for your union bulletin board.
care worker Ted Rippy of Bangor explains why it's urgent to raise
the wage for Maine's home care workers.
Our 2015 MSEA-SEIU Regional
Steward Skills Training Programs listed below.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at all locations. All training
programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click
here for a poster of the training dates for your union bulletin
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, Spectacular Event;
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Hampton Inn;
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, Augusta Civic Center;
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015,Clarion Hotel, Portland.
Attention MSEA-SEIU members: Please update your Union Bulletin Boards
using the handy Union
Bulletin Board posters available here.
Our four State of Maine Executive
Branch contracts for state employees are now online in PDF format
Study: Most state workers don't
make more than their private counterparts: