update, 1:30 p.m. --
Victory: L.D. 86 approved!
Members of the Maine Legislature on
Tuesday night overwhelmingly voted to approve L.D. 86
as amended, our retirement security legislation. L.D.
86 as amended received the necessary 2/3 votes in both
the Maine House and Maine Senate to take effect in September
of 2015 as planned. To be sure, however, L.D. 86 as
amended won't be a done deal until the Legislature adjourns
L.D. 86 as amended provides retired
state workers and retired teachers cost of living adjustments
of 2.55 percent to base pensions in September 2015 and
again in September 2016.
Thanks go to those MSEA-SEIU members
who called, emailed, or lobbied their state representatives
and state senators in support of L.D. 86 as amended.
Thanks also go to those state legislators who voted
for L.D. 86 as amended. We appreciate our legislators
doing the right thing.
June 30 update, 3:25 p.m. --
State Budget, Highway Budget enacted
The Maine Legislature today prevented
a state shutdown by overriding the State Budget veto
and the Highway Budget veto, so both of those budgets
are now state law. This is a victory for all Maine people
who count on the quality public services our members
As of this writing, we are awaiting
final votes in the Legislature today on our retirement
security legislation, L.D. 86. We will update you on
L.D. 86 later.
Thanks go to each and every MSEA-SEIU
member who took the time over the past six months to
talk with their state legislators in support of passing
a responsible State Budget and Highway Budget. Thanks
also go to those state legislators for their hard work
and support for a bipartisan budget. By speaking with
a united voice, we helped build the support necessary
to pass a bipartisan budget and override the budget
29 update --
State Budget, Retirement Security
Please take action NOW to prevent a
state government shutdown and to help enact our retirement
security legislation, L.D. 86.
Your state senator and state representative
need to hear from you IMMEDIATELY before they reconvene
Tuesday, June 30, for crucial votes. Both the State
Budget and L.D. 86 will require 2/3 votes of the Legislature.
Respectfully ask them to:
Do the right thing
and OVERRIDE any State Budget veto. Overriding a budget
veto is necessary to prevent state government from
shutting down the following day. Overriding any budget
veto also is necessary to enact the State Budget funding
merit and longevity pay and the State Employee Health
VOTE FOR L.D. 86, our
retirement security legislation providing retired
state workers and retired teachers cost of living
adjustments of 2.55 percent to base pensions in September
2015 and again in September 2016. Explain to your
legislators that the Maine Public Employees Retirement
System (MePERS) officially informed the Appropriations
Committee there is NO FISCAL NOTE attached to the
amended legislation as approved by the Appropriations
Committee. Additionally, MePERS officially informed
the Appropriations Committee there is no impact on
the unfunded liability, so ask your legislators to
VOTE FOR L.D. 86.
your legislators on Monday, June 29, using their cell
or home phone numbers listed at this official link:
If a legislator responds to you, please share his or
her responses right away with MSEA-SEIU
Member Political Coordinator Bill MacDonald
at email@example.com to help us override the
State Budget veto and get L.D. 86 passed. Both votes
will require 2/3 votes by both the House and the Senate.
If your legislators already are in Augusta,
then please leave them a toll-free message at: Maine
House: 1-800-423-2900; and Maine Senate: 1-800-423-6900.
Also, please join us Tuesday, June 30,
at the State House, Third Floor, to personally ask your
legislators to override any budget veto, and to VOTE
FOR L.D. 86, our retirement security legislation. We
will gather by 10 a.m. and stay as long as necessary.
To confirm your attendance on Tuesday, June 30, send
a note to MSEA-SEIU
Member Political Coordinator Bill MacDonald.
Be sure to let him know when you plan to be there, such
as for the morning, lunch hour, afternoon, or evening,
or for the duration.
Union Negotiating Team ready to bargain!
Members of the MSEA-SEIU
Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team are ready to
News Stories and Feature Links
Bangor Daily News report quotes MSEA-SEIU Political and Legislative
Director Mary Anne Turowsk on the prospects of another state government
shutdowni: "Our members are very worried. We have to take it seriously
because we've been here and done this. The consequences were dire.
So we have to take it seriously and have to ask our members to
contact their legislators and tell them how critical it is that
they support a bipartisan budget."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
MSEA-SEIU Cumberland Chapter
members: Apply now for the chapter's 2015 Union Education
Gift: The Cumberland Chapter of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 is accepting
applications from Cumberland Chapter members and their children
for one "2015 Union Education Gift" worth $250. If your child
has won a Union Education Gift in the past, he or she isn't eligible;
however, other children in the same family are eligible. To apply
for the 2015 Union Education Gift, fill
out the application here. Applications must
be received by July 1, 2015. Mail completed applications to: MSEA-SEIU
Cumberland Chapter Delegate Luc Nya, 33 North St., Apt. 1, Portland,
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: