Rod Hiltz named executive director of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
The Board of Directors of the Maine State
Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees
International Union, on Dec. 16 promoted Rod Hiltz, a
longtime Maine unionist who most recently served as a
member of the union's senior management team, to become
the union's new executive director.
Hiltz, 55, of Monmouth, is a familiar
face to the 12,000 workers the union represents. He has
served since February 2007 as the union's director of
field mobilization and also as chief negotiator for the
union's largest bargaining units.
Hiltz earned his first union card in 1978
through United Paperworkers International Union Local
14 at the Jay, Maine, paper mill then-owned by International
Paper. From 1985 until early 2007, he worked as a paperworker
and later as president of (UPIU, PACE) United Steelworkers
Local 9 at the S.D. Warren/Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan.
"For decades, Rod has worked tirelessly
for good wages, solid benefits and safe working conditions
on behalf of Maine workers who are privately or publicly
employed," said MSEA-SEIU Director Dean Staffieri, who
served on the union's personnel committee for the executive-director
search. "Our union has become stronger with Rod managing
our field mobilization program. Now, with a lifelong unionist
as our executive director, the voice of Maine workers
will grow even more."
"Serving as executive director of MSEA-SEIU
Local 1989 is both an honor and a privilege," Hiltz said.
"From my work at MSEA and as a Mainer, I have seen how
dedicated MSEA-SEIU members are to serving Maine people.
Whether they're out plowing the roads in treacherous conditions,
keeping the State of Maine's public safety structures
running or protecting our children from dangerous situations,
our members are there 24/7 providing the services necessary
so the rest of us can go about our daily lives. Together,
we will make the voice of all Maine workers heard because
that's how we build a stronger Maine for all Maine workers
and their families."
Hiltz earned a master of science degree
in labor studies from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He earned a bachelor of science degree in
marketing from Thomas College in Waterville, and an associate's
degree in criminal justice from the University of Maine.
He is married to Barbara Niccoli-Hiltz, a retired field
representative for the National AFL-CIO, and is the stepfather
to Barbara's two children.
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Attention MSEA-SEIU Stewards!
Mark your calendars for the 2015 MSEA-SEIU Steward 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
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2015 MSEA-SEIU Statewide Steward
Skills Training Program: Thursday, May 28, 2015, Augusta Civic
2015 MSEA-SEIU Regional Steward
Skills Training Programs:
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.
Secretary to the MSEA SEIU Local 1989 Board of Directors, has
announced her resignation effective Dec. 31, 2014. Citing recent
changes in her work location, as well as family obligations as
factors in her decision she was quick to point out that she wants
to continue being an active Union member. Irene has served in
this capacity for over five years, having originally been appointed
by former President Hodsdon and subsequently reappointed by President
Rivard. As Secretary to the Board of Directors, Irene's knowledge
of Union culture, her keen eye for detail and the meticulous way
in which she has fulfilled her duties have been a great asset
to the Board of Directors. We thank her for her years of service
in this capacity.
MSEA-SEIU Systems Administrator
Mary Labbe retired Nov. 14, 2014, after providing over
25 years of computer expertise to our union Congratulations, Mary,
on your retirement. You earned it!
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CHARLEY RICHARDSON GUIDE TO KICKING A$$ FOR THE WORKING CLASS:
This week, on the one-year anniversary of labor educator Charley
Richardson's death, his family and fellow unionists unveiled a
revamped version of the website Charley left for labor educators
and union activists, with several new resources. The website is
now called The
Charley Richardson Guide to Kicking A$$ for the Working Class.
That website includes a link to the 2014 edition of our MSEA-SEIU
labor-management guidebook, Representing
Your Coworkers: A Guide to Union Participation in Labor-Management
Committees, that Charley wrote for our union, plus
many of other resources from Charley that might be helpful as
you advocate for Maine workers and their families.
Our four State of Maine Executive
Branch contracts for state employees are now online in PDF format