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PO Box 1072
Augusta, ME 04332-1072


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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 here for a poster listing the dates for your Union Bulletin Board:


2015 MSEA-SEIU Statewide Steward Skills Training Program: Thursday, May 28, 2015, Augusta Civic Center.


2015 MSEA-SEIU Regional Steward Skills Training Programs:

  • Bangor: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, Spectacular Event;
  • Presque Isle: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Hampton Inn;
  • Augusta: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, Augusta Civic Center;
  • Portland: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015,Clarion Hotel, Portland.

Irene Chandler, 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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