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MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
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PO Box 1072
Augusta, ME 04332-1072


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Attention MSEA-SEIU Retirees: Pension COLAs coming your way

Dear MSEA-SEIU Retiree Members,


Thanks to our advocacy in the 126th Maine Legislature, we are pleased to report that not one but two pension cost of living adjustments (COLAs) will be heading your way soon:


-- A traditional, cumulative cost of living adjustment of 2.1 percent on up to $20,000 of pension base will take effect with the pension check you receive in September.


-- In addition, a separate non-cumulative or "ad hoc" pension cost of living adjustment of 1.8 percent on up to $30,000 of pension base also will be issued in the coming months. The money for this non-cumulative or "ad hoc" COLA is available; this money has been identified and dedicated for this purpose. Right now, the Maine Public Employees Retirement System is conducting a review of eligible retirees for this non-cumulative or "ad hoc" COLA. Once this review is completed, the money will be allocated for payment. This non-cumulative or "ad hoc" COLA will be distributed in a check that will be separate from your monthly pension payment. We expect this non-cumulative or "ad hoc" payment will occur in early fall. We will update you with any new developments. Please note that in order to be eligible for the noncumulative or "ad hoc" COLA, you would have needed to be eligible for a COLA in your September 2013 retirement check.


The resumption of the traditional COLAs and the establishment of $30,000 as the pension base for this year's non-cumulative or "ad hoc" COLA were the direct result of MSEA-SEIU retiree members and our coalition partners making our voice heard in the 126th Maine Legislature. Let's keep our momentum going in the Nov. 4, 2014, General Elections.


In Solidarity,

Ginette Rivard President
MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989's

2014 Legislative Scorecard

Find out whether your state legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers on 11 critical votes; hold them accountable on Election Day!

Because the Nov. 4 elections are less than five months away, we are posting our 2014 Legislative Scorecard to make sure you have all the facts.


Use our Scorecard to find out whether your state legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers on 11 critical votes. Then hold them all accountable on Election Day!


We scored every legislator on 11 key pieces of legislation impacting the everyday lives of Maine workers and families in the first and second sessions of the 126th Maine Legislature spanning 2013 and 2014. Legislators who scored 100 percent voted perfectly. Legislators who scored zero percent voted against Maine workers and families every time. You should know that as a result of our electoral work in the 2012 elections, a majority of the legislators in the recently concluded 126th Maine Legislature voted in support of quality public services and the workers who provide them.


During the 2014 session of the 126th Legislature, we:

-- Secured the votes necessary to fund merit and longevity pay for workers in all three branches of state government for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014;

-- Funded numerous reclassifications and reallocations for State of Maine workers;

-- Ensured that IF surplus (Cascade) funds are available at the end of this fiscal year, that any "one time only" or "ad hoc" retiree cost of living adjustment will be based on up to $30,000 of pension base.


Once you have used the Scorecard to determine whether your legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers, please be sure to share that information and this Scorecard with your family and friends. Together, we can win for Maine workers. Onward to the elections on Nov. 4!

Legislative roundup:

3 important gains for our members

The second session of the 126th Maine Legislature concluded with three important gains for our members:


At our urging, state legislators overrode Gov. LePage's veto of LD 1858, the bipartisan Second Supplemental Budget authorizing reclassifications, stipend increases and reallocations for MSEA-SEIU members working in classifications that include nurses at the state psychiatric hospitals, marine scientists, military firefighters at Bangor International Airport, and rangers at Baxter State Park.


The Highway Fund Budget, LD 1788, became law without the Governor's signature. LD 1788 funds merit and longevity pay starting July 1, 2014, for state employees whose positions are funded through the Highway Fund Budget. On a related note, last month, the state budget compromise funding merit and longevity pay effective July 1, 2014, for all other workers in all three branches of state government became law without the Governor's signature. As a result of these two actions:

MERIT PAY: Workers in all three branches of state government who are eligible for a contractual merit increase will get one on their anniversary date in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, subject to a satisfactory performance evaluation. "

LONGEVITY PAY: Workers who were denied their 15-, 20- or 25-year contractual longevity pay due to the longevity freeze will begin receiving longevity pay July 1, 2014. The Bipartisan Supplemental Budget that went into law without the Governor's signature includes full funding for longevity pay effective July 1, 2014.


Enacted into law without the Governor's signature, LD 232 ensures that if the State of Maine has enough of a state budget surplus at the end of the current fiscal year to trigger a one-time-only "ad-hoc" or "cash" cost of living adjustment to the pensions of State of Maine retirees, then this "ad hoc" or "cash" cost of living adjustment would be based on up to $30,000 of pension income rather than the $20,000 that applies to any yearly cost of living adjustments. To be sure, LD 232 is unrelated to the cumulative COLAs that will resume in September of 2014 based on the consumer price index.



Also in this year's short legislative session, we asked MSEA-SEIU members to call their state legislators and urge them to override the Governor's veto of LD 1837. This legislation would have provided the 147 laid-off workers at Maine Military Authority in Limestone with the opportunity to present their case in a court of law for the severance pay the State of Maine denied them last fall. We are disappointed that enough state senators voted with Gov. LePage to deny these laid-off workers the opportunity to present their case for severance pay.

MSEA-SEIU members made our voice heard in this short session of the 126th Maine Legislature by taking the time to talk to their state representatives and state senators in support of our issues. Now it's up to all of us to keep our momentum going throughout 2014 and beyond.

  Ask Your Union Steward

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Attention Candidates for MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors or Other Union Offices: If you're an MSEA-SEIU member running for the Board of Directors or other union offices to be elected by Delegates at the 2014 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting Oct. 24 and 25, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the next edition of the Maine Stater. All candidate statements and photos are due at MSEA-SEIU headquarters by 5 PM Tuesday, September 2. If you would like to have your photo taken for this purpose, call Tom Farkas at 1-800-452-8794 at your earliest convenience. E-mail statements and photos to or mail them to: Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, P.O. Box 1072, Augusta, ME 04332-1072. Please post this flier containing this information on your union bulletin board.

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Attention MSEA-SEIU members: Please update your Union Bulletin Boards using the handy Union Bulletin Board posters available here.


THE 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


Adjunct faculty ratify first union contract with Maine Community College System: Adjunct faculty represented by the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with the Maine Community College System. The agreement ensures raises totaling over 8 percent, along with improved job security and other protections. The agreement, which runs through June 30, 2015, covers more than 1,000 adjuncts at the seven community college campuses. The adjunct faculty voted to organize with the Maine State Employees Association in May 2010 to gain a voice in the community college system. They have been working on temporary contracts with no rights or benefits, and for low pay. "First and foremost, adjunct faculty want to be respected and compensated for the work we do," said Paul Trahan, president of the adjunct faculty chapter of MSEA-SEIU. "We provide most of the instruction throughout the system, and we want to be recognized as equal members of this community. This union contract is an important first step." The unionization of the adjunct faculty in the Maine Community College System represents the latest victory in a growing national effort by adjunct faculty to organize for collective bargaining. "While our system of higher education relies increasingly on adjunct faculty, universities and colleges across the country are failing to pay them adequately or to give them the respect they deserve," said Ginette Rivard, president of the Maine State Employees Association. "MSEA-SEIU is proud to be at the forefront of addressing these problems."