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MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
65 State St.
Augusta, ME 04330-5126


SEIU Local 1989

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Throughout our two-day Annual Meeting, MSEA-SEIU delegates made all the decisions.

Roundup: Our 2015 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting

At our 2015 Annual Meeting Oct. 23 and 24 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, over 200 MSEA-SEIU delegates set our union's course for 2016 and beyond. They approved a 2016 General Operating Budget and a 60 cents a week dues increase to fund it. They voted in union elections. They voted on numerous resolutions. Click on these links below for details and photos from our 2015 Annual Meeting:


Election results: MSEA-SEIU delegates elect MSEA-SEIU members to the Board of Directors, VEBA Board and Finance Committee. Delegates also nominate MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our PASER Committee (Political Action by Service Employees and Retirees)

PHOTO: Delegates elect MSEA-SEIU Vice President Ramona Welton as our next President, and MSEA-SEIU Director Dean Staffieri as our next Vice President.


Delegates decide on numerous resolutions.


Our banquet speakers voted 100 percent for Maine workers and retirees.


Introducing the Scott Austin Eastside Chapter.


2015 Chapter Recognition: Our Maine Community College System Adjunct Faculty Chapter.


2015 Bill Bernier Steward Recognition: MSEA-SEIU Steward and Maine Ferry Service Capt. Peter Drury.


2015 Retiree Recognition: MSEA-SEIU retiree members Carol Gould and Ben Conant.


2015 Political Activist Recognition: MSEA-SEIU retiree member Steven Keaten.


2015 C.J. Polyot Recognition: MSEA-SEIU Steward David Projansky.


MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard joins hands with MSEA-SEIU Vice President-elect Dean Staffieri and MSEA-SEIU President-elect Ramona Welton following their election by delegates at our 2015 Annual Meeting. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2016. Applauding are, from left, MSEA-SEIU Treasurer Mark Landry, MSEA-SEIU Secretary Jessica Dubois and MSEA-SEIU Director Jonathan French representing Area II.

2015 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting --

Delegates elect our union's leaders

At our Annual Meeting Oct. 23 and 24, in addition to electing MSEA-SEIU Vice President Ramona Welton as our next President and MSEA-SEIU Director Dean Staffieri as our next Vice President, MSEA-SEIU delegates also elected MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our Board of Directors, Finance Committee and VEBA Board. In addition, delegates nominated MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our PASER Committee (Political Action for Service Employees and Retirees.


MSEA President: Ramona Welton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

MSEA Vice President: Dean Staffieri 1/1/16 to 12/31/17


Area I

Board of Directors:

Tracy Bonnevie 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Lynn Dube 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Alternate: Michelle Eaton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17



Darlene Gladu 1/1/16 to 12/31/18

Alternate, Sam Sotirelis 1/1/16 to 12/31/16



Area II

Board of Directors: Phil Garwood 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Kathy Latulippe 1/1/16 to 12/31/17



Jessica Pomerleau 1/1/16 to 12/31/18

Alternate: Sheryl Banden 1/1/16 to 12/31/16


Area III

Board of Directors:

Nick Pitarys 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Cal Paquet 1/1/16 to 12/31/17


Lisa Morgan 1/1/16 to 12/31/17



Steve Gray 1/1/16 to 12/31/18

Alternate:Doug Winterich 1/1/16 to 12/31/16



Retirees Board of Directors

George Burgoyne 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Alternate: Brenda Kaler 1/1/16 to 12/31/17



Finance Comittee

Mark Brunton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Cheryl Dugal 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

Scott Redlon 1/1/16 to 12/31/17

1st Alternate: Melissa Boyan 1/1/16 to 12/31/16

2nd Alternate: Maureen Sullivan


PASER Committee Nominations (Must be a PASER member to be considered for nomination and only PASER members may nominate - final selection is made from this list by the Board of Directors):

Area I

1. George Burgoyne - Eastern Maine Retirees

2. Paul Gilbert - Western Mountain Retirees


Area II

1. Debbie Dornish - Area II Retirees

2. Rob Peale - Eastside Scott Austin

3. Jackie Roach - Area II Retirees

4. Robin Upton-Sukeforth - Capitol Western


Area III

1. Cordell Hackett - Southern Maine DOT

2. Jason Inman - Cumberland

3. Sharon McAlevey - Cumberland

4. Rachel Sherman - York County, Local 1297

Executive Branch bargaining contract-ratification vote results

September 29th, 2015

In contract-ratification votes, MSEA-SEIU members in our Executive Branch bargaining units voted as follows:


  • RATIFIED TENTATIVE CONTRACT: MSEA-SEIU members in our Administrative Services Bargaining Unit, Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit, and Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit ratified our tentative contractual agreement. The contract took effect upon ratification. The contract runs through June 30, 2017. It provides for across-the-board wage increases of 1 percent effective Oct. 1, 2015, and another 1 percent effective July 1, 2016, and is largely status quo on contract language.

  • REJECTED TENTATIVE CONTRACT: MSEA-SEIU members in our Operations, Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit rejected our tentative contractual agreement. We will reach out to all of our members in the Operations, Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit soon for input on our priorities going forward. We will follow up with any new developments.  

In Solidarity,


The Members of Our MSEA-SEIU Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team:

  • MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard;
  • MSEA-SEIU Vice President Ramona Welton;
  • Administrative Services Bargaining Unit members Cindy Proulx, Jessica Dubois, Kathy Latulippe and Debra Stowe;
  • Operations, Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit members Cordell Hackett, Shawn Kelley, Mark Soisson and Sam Sotirelis;
  • Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit members Maureen Sullivan, Rob Peale, David Projansky and Dean Staffieri;
  • Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit members Tom Maher, Andrea Lapointe, Nick Pitarys and Jerry Quirion.

Latest News Stories and Feature Links



Our international union, SEIU, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. It's important to note that members of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 make our own endorsement decisions in races in which we choose to endorse. In the coming months, MSEA-SEIU members who serve on our political action committee known as PASER (Political Action by Service Employees and Retirees), will begin the endorsement process as it relates to 2016 state legislative races, 2016 congressional races and the 2016 presidential election. The November 2016 General Election will be a crucial one for working families and retirees, so please ask yourself at every turn: Which candidates are standing up for working families and retirees?


Attention MSEA-SEIU Stewards: Please mark your calendars for our 2016 MSEA-SEIU Steward Skills Training Programs listed here. And please post this flier on our union bulletin boards.


MSEA-SEIU Executive Director Rod Hiltz on the State's plan to contract out operations and maintenance of the Casco Bay Bridge: "Anybody who drives or walks over that bridge should be concerned about this. Our people have a proven track record for operating and maintaining that bridge. We have an excellent safety record and this is critical work."


We proudly represent the Faculty, Staff, Support, Professional and Supervisory workers at Maine Maritime Academy. Our members deliver quality public services you can count on: Maine Maritime is ranked top school in country for preparing students for high-paying jobs.



PRE-ELECTION NOTIFICATION: DELEGATE SELECTION FOR 2016 SEIU CONVENTION -- MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 will send delegates to the 2016 SEIU Quadrennial Convention tentatively scheduled for May 19-24, 2016, in Detroit, Mich. While the delegate-election process remains many months away, we are providing the information at this link so everyone can familiarize themselves with process.



MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 joins Fair Wage Maine campaign

2016 ballot proposal would boost minimum wage to $9 in 2017, add $1 a year until it reaches $12 in 2020, index it to inflation


Members of our MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors voted for our union to join and participate in the Fair Wage Maine campaign. This campaign is gathering signatures for a statewide referendum in November 2016 to raise Maine's minimum wage.


The proposed referendum question would raise Maine's wage from $7.50 to $9 in 2017 and increase it by $1 a year until 2020 when it would reach $12 an hour. From that point on, the wage would be indexed to the cost of living.


Our coalition partners at the Maine AFL-CIO and Maine People's Alliance are leading the Fair Wage Maine Campaign.


Here are two ways you can help:


Sign the Fair Wage Maine petition to get the referendum question on the ballot for the November 2016 elections.


Participate in the campaign by donating to it or volunteering, such as by helping to collect signatures to get the referendum question on the ballot.


Go here to learn more about the campaign, or to sign up.


Congratulations, MSEA-SEIU scholarship winners


We awarded the following scholarships in May 2015. Application forms for our 2016 scholarships will be available in early 2016 via the Maine Stater, this website and Maine's high schools.


Richard J. McDonough Scholarship ($1,500): Joshua Beckett, son of Rebecca Beckett of the Harborside Chapter, is attending University of Maine at Farmington.


Howard L. Bowen Scholarship ($1,000): Brynn E. Jellison, daughter of Nichole Jamison of the Washington Chapter, is attending Thomas College in Waterville.


Murray L. Brown Scholarship ($1000): Tate O. Yoder, son of Michelle A. Yoder of the Dorothea Dix Chapter, is attending Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.


George A. Davala Scholarship ($1000): Abigail C. Simmons, daughter of John A. Simmons of the Penobscot Chapter, is attending Husson University in Bangor.


Area I Community College Scholarship ($750): Cody W. Eaton, son of Michelle Eaton of the Maine Maritime Academy Chapter, is attending Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.


Area II Community College Scholarship ($750): Ty O. Cobb, son of Andy Cobb of the Central Maine Chapter, is attending Washington County Community College in Calais.


Area III Community College Scholarship ($750): Joshua Therrien, son of Donna Varney of the Androscoggin Chapter, is attending Central Maine Community College in Auburn.

Study: Most state workers don't make more than their private counterparts: