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


SEIU Local 1989

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MSEA-SEIU worksite meetings on ASPIRE-TANF

Dear MSEA-SEIU Members at Maine DHHS,


As you know, management is seeking proposals to privatize operations of the Maine DHHS ASPIRE-TANF program.


Management sent us the same generic letter it distributed Jan. 15 to ASPIRE-TANF workers. We received it after the workers received it. Read the letter here. According to the letter, privatizing operations of the ASPIRE-TANF program "means that some roles within the existing program will change dramatically and other positions will be eliminated."


On Wednesday, Jan. 20, we asked to speak with management about its intentions. Management has not yet responded to our request as of this morning. According to management's request for proposals, which we posted here, management has scheduled a bidder's conference for Jan. 25. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. March 29 at which point they will be opened. Any chosen contractor would begin operating the ASPIRE-TANF program July 1, 2016.


We are obviously concerned about any workers whose jobs are being targeted for elimination. We are determined to ensure the contractual rights of every bargaining unit member are respected. In the event of layoffs, we will do everything within our power to ensure that anyone displaced can find comparable work at comparable pay with the least possible amount of disruption to their lives. We also want to make sure anyone who receives state services can get back on their feet. Our members have a proven record of providing services and respecting the confidentiality of the Maine people they help in the ASPIRE-TANF program. We don't see how handing this work over to for-profit companies, potentially from out of state, is in the best interest of the Maine people who pay for and use these services. The Editorial Board of the Bangor Daily News happens to agree with us. See the BDN editorial titled "LePage is contracting out welfare-to-work program for wrong reasons."


We are scheduling worksite meetings for workers in the ASPIRE-TANF program to meet with members of our staff and MSEA-SEIU leaders. Our goal with these worksite meetings is to answer their questions, share the latest developments and plan our next steps. The following meetings are scheduled with more to come:


Lewiston DHHS office: Thursday, Jan. 28, at noon;

Portland DHHS office: Friday, Jan. 29, at noon;

Machias DHHS office: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon;

Calais DHHS office: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m.;

Rockland DHHS office: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon in Rooms A&B;

Bangor DHHS office: Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m.;

Caribou DHHS office: Thursday, Feb. 4, at noon;

Houlton DHHS Office: Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2:30 p.m.;

Augusta DHHS office at 35 Anthony Ave: Friday, Feb. 5, at noon.


We want to answer everyone's questions surrounding layoff procedures and bumping rights. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with your contractual rights in your union contract as they relate to seniority, layoffs and bumping:

∑ In the Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit, those rights are listed in Article 60. Read the Pro-Tech contract here.

∑ In the Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit, those rights are listed in Article 61. Read the Supervisory Services contract here.


∑ In the Administrative Services Bargaining Unit, those rights are listed in Article 60. Read the Administrative Services contract here.


∑ In the Operations, Maintenance & Support Services Bargaining Unit, those rights are listed in Article 61. Read the Operations, Maintenance & Support Services contract here.


If you have any questions, please contact MSEA-SEIU Field Representative Mike Castaneda at 622-3151 ext. 1130 or email Mike here.


In Solidarity,

Ramona Welton
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

Rest in Peace, SEIU Local 560 President Earl Sweet

Our brothers and sisters at SEIU Local 560 in New Hampshire have reported that Earl Sweet, president of SEIU Local 560 for the past 36 years, died Jan. 18. For the past few weeks, Earl had been in hospice care at his home in Lebanon. New Hampshire. A lifetime advocate for workers, Earl began working for Dartmouth College 38 years ago and initially served as a union steward. Our sympathies go to Earl's family and everyone at SEIU Local 560 for their loss. Earl's obituary is at this link. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Feb. 6, 2016 at 12 noon at the Hopkins Center in downtown Hanover, N.H.

MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton becomes member

of the SEIU International Executive Board

Congratulations go to MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 President Ramona Welton, center, who was sworn in Jan. 19 to serve as a member of the SEIU International Executive Board. Ramona joins leaders from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to lead SEIU. At right is SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.

Our fallen and injured brothers and sisters in San Bernardino

We grieve for our fallen and injured brothers and sisters in San Bernardino. Each day, these men and women dedicated themselves to ensuring public health. In return, we must dedicate ourselves to ensuring that this doesn't happen again. We honor their lives by joining together to prevent other communities from experiencing this pain. SEIU members can support families of our fallen and injured brothers and sisters with contributions at:

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MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton has appointed MSEA-SEIU member Kathy Ferrick as secretary to our unionís Board of Directors. Kathy works as an eligibility specialist for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in Ellsworth. A resident of Holden, she belongs to our Hancock Chapter, where she serves as chapter secretary and delegate. Kathy also serves as a union steward and as a member of the Maine Statewide DHHS Labor-Management Committee. Kathy succeeds former MSEA-SEIU board secretary Jessica Dubois.


We mourn the death of MSEA-SEIU retiree member Bill Petty. Bill worked as an eligibility specialist for Maine DHHS in Portland and retired last year after over 32 years of public service. He recently was elected to serve as a chapter alternate for our Southern Maine Retirees Chapter. Prior to retirement, Bill served as a union steward and as chapter secretary and delegate for our Cumberland Chapter for many years. He also served on our Elections and Credentials Committee. According to Bill's obituary, a memorial fund has been established to support his son, Ethan, in his continued college education. Contributions can be made to: "In memory of Bill Petty" TD Bank 756 Roosevelt Trail Windham, Maine 04062


State Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham: Privatization of Casco Bay Bridge done without scrutiny, accountability

State Rep. Jared Golden, D-Lewiston, and State Rep. Christine Powers, D-Naples: Portland bridge needs state oversight

State Rep. Arthur "Archie" Verow, D-Brewer: Outsourcing Casco Bay Bridge operations a bad move with no apparent savings



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."



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, Michigan. We are providing the information at this link so everyone can familiarize themselves with process.


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