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MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
65 State Street
PO Box 1072
Augusta, ME 04332-1072
207-622-3151
1-800-452-8794

MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

SEIU Local 1989


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MSEA-SEIU past president Wayne Hollingworth testifies before
the Legislature's Appropriations Committee April 2, 2013, in
support of retirement security for retired public workers.

Remembering Wayne Hollingworth

Members of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 mourn the death April 9 of past MSEA-SEIU president Wayne Hollingworth.

 

Wayne served as president of the Maine State Employees Association in 1994 and 1995 after previously serving as the union's vice president. At the time he was elected president, he worked as a welfare, employment, education and training specialist for the Maine Department of Human Services in Lewiston. He previously worked as a child protective worker.

 

Wayne also served as a union steward, member of our union's Board of Directors, president of our union's Androscoggin Chapter and member of our union's organizational review and finance committees. He was active in many union organizing drives and taught grievance handling and assertiveness training at the regional Summer Labor Studies Institutes. He was one of two MSEA Members of the Year in 1984.

 

Wayne understood the importance of workers speaking with a united voice. He understood by uniting public workers in Maine with workers across the nation through the Service Employees International Union, Maine's public workers would gain strength and power. As Wayne led MSEA members to stand up against attacks on bargaining unit positions in 1994 and 1995, Wayne penned a column in the September 1995 edition of the union's newspaper, Maine Stater, that is just as relevant today as it was then. In the newspaper column, Wayne noted workers gain strength by standing together. He also called for an end to the rampant waste of taxpayer dollars from contracting out public services.

 

"We are not fighting this battle alone," Wayne wrote as he led our union in standing up to attacks on bargaining unit positions from then-Gov. Angus King's so-called Productivity Realization Task Force. "Just as during the (state) Shutdown (of July 1991), SEIU has once again answered our call for help. Already they have provided us with important staff and financial assistance. Because of their help, MSEA is able to mount an aggressive campaign. Our goal is to blunt this attack on state workers by exposing the insanity of further downsizing and to redirect the budget cutters' attention to the millions of dollars which are wasted each year on overpriced and unnecessary personnel contracts."

 

A celebration of Wayne's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Freeport Community Center. The celebration will be based upon the Friend's Meeting in which any and all who are present can speak. Donations in Wayne's memory may be made to: Freeport Community Services, PO Box 119, Freeport ME 04032; or MSEA-SEIU, Attn: Scholarship funds, PO Box 1072, Augusta ME 04332-1072.


 

Remembering MSEA-SEIU member-leader Bill Bernier

MSEA-SEIU members are devastated by the sudden death March 17 of longtime MSEA-SEIU member-leader Bill Bernier.

 

Bill, who was 66, began his career in public service in 1973. He most recently worked as a health facility specialist for Maine DHHS in Bangor as a member of our Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit within the State of Maine Executive Branch.

 

No matter how big the task, we could always count on Bill to advocate tirelessly for his coworkers and all of our members. Behind his soft-spoken manner was a unionist to the core who knew how to get things done.

 

Over the decades, Bill served as an MSEA-SEIU chief steward, member of our Board of Directors, member of our Union Negotiating Team, and as a Penobscot Chapter treasurer and delegate to our Annual Meeting. Most recently, he served as labor chair of his local labor-management committee at Maine DHHS, and as a member of our union's Building Needs Committee.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and coworkers. His obituary appears below.

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William R. "Bill" Bernier

 

BRADLEY - William "Bill" Bernier, 66, died unexpectedly March 17, 2015. He was born October 24, 1948, in Augusta, a son of John and Marjorie (VanHorn) Bernier.

 

Bill was a 1966 graduate of Cony High School, served in the US Marine Corp, and graduated from the University of Maine, Orono. He was employed by the State of Maine as a Health Facilitator Specialist for over 30 years. He served as Chief Steward for MSEA for many years. Bill loved fishing, the outdoors and his Camaros. He enjoyed being involved with his children and grandchildren and coached softball for his girls. He will be remembered as always lending a helping hand when needed.

 

He is survived by his companion, Kelley King of Bradley; two daughters, Stephanie Bernier of Bangor and Jennifer Francis and her husband, Miles of Indian Island; five grandchildren, Gavin and Gabrielle Gammon and Hannah, Trevor, and Eben Francis; the mother of his children, Laurie Holmes of Bangor; brother, Robert Bernier and his wife, Joyce; three sisters, Julie Bernier and her partner, Cathy Cobb, Elaine Morin and her husband, Michael, and Elise Patenaude and her husband, Tom; sister-in-law, Joanne Bernier; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, John Bernier.

 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Saturday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, 429 Main St. Old Town. Graveside services with military honors will be announced in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation at www.komen.org



5 goals for 2015

(Click here to print a 2-page flier of this message to post on your Union Bulletin Board!)

 

There's a lot at stake for all of us in the 127th Maine Legislature. In addition to making sure state legislators pass a responsible state budget funding our contracts, our priorities for the 127th Maine Legislature include:

    • Addressing the serious public employee recruitment and retention problem the State of Maine has been experiencing throughout all branches and departments;

    • Helping to solve the problem of impossible workloads and caseloads many of our members are experiencing as they do the public's work;

    • Improving Maine's mental health service structure;

    • Holding contractors who do the public's work accountable so Maine taxpayers will know whether they are getting their money's worth;

    • Strengthening the retirement security of Maine's retired public workers.

We can win on our issues by building support for our legislative agenda, advancing other legislation helping Maine workers and retirees, and opposing legislation harming Maine workers and retirees. Among the over 1,500 legislative proposals submitted, there are several supporting our priorities this legislative session. We are proud of the following legislative proposals and their bipartisan support:

    "An Act to Improve State Employee Recruitment and Retention," sponsored by State Rep. Lori Fowle. This legislation would require, by statute: funding for merit and longevity pay for workers in all three branches of State of Maine Government: Executive, Judicial and Legislative; full funding for the State of Maine's group health plans; and the negotiation and the implementation of the findings of the three remaining Executive Branch Classification and Compensation Study Committees covering the Operations, Maintenance & Support Services Bargaining Unit; the Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit, and the Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit.

    "An Act to Protect Taxpayers by Regulating Personal Services Contracts," sponsored by State Rep. Roland "Danny" Martin. This legislation would provide greater protection to taxpayers by requiring contracts for personal services under Title 5, Section 1816-A, demonstrate long-term cost savings and, if contracts are up for renewal, demonstrate actual savings during the initial contract and projected savings for the renewal. This legislation also would provide ombudsman authority to the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

    "Resolve, An Act to Study Staffing Levels of State Agencies," sponsored by State Rep. Peggy Rotundo. This resolve would establish a work group composed of stakeholders (collective bargaining representatives, state agency/department representatives and state legislators) that would review staffing levels, caseloads, workloads and any national standards to assess staffing levels. The work group would report back to the respective committee of jurisdiction, which could then file legislation.

    "An Act to Improve Retirement Security for Retired Public Employees," sponsored by State Rep. Roger Sherman. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 state budget years, this legislation would lock in, at no less than 2.55% on the first $20,000 of pension income, the cost of living adjustment to retiree pensions for retired workers in all three branches of state government and for retired teachers.

    "An Act to Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Direct Care Workers Serving Maine's Seniors," sponsored by House Speaker Mark Eves. This legislation would raise the current low hourly wages for home care workers, including personal care attendants, who help Maine people live independently in their own homes. We represent these workers at Home Care for Maine and Alpha One.

    We are monitoring legislation relating to worker and patient safety at Riverview Psychiatric Center. One proposal is "An Act to Improve Inpatient Mental Health Services," sponsored by State Rep. Andrew Gattine. This legislation would improve inpatient services for mental health by providing more effective assessment, improved staffing, better staff education and more effective treatment options.

    In addition, we are supporting legislation raising Maine's minimum wage. Maine's minimum wage has been stuck at $7.50 since October 2009, yet the cost of living has been going up. Raising the wage merely will help low-wage earners catch up to the rising cost of living. Raising the wage also will reduce the need of low-wage earners to resort to public assistance programs to survive.

We are disappointed the Governor once again is pushing so-called "right-to-work-for-less" legislation. We oppose any attempts to weaken the ability of labor unions to advocate for Maine's working families. Stagnating wages, rising income inequality and retirement insecurity are plaguing the American workforce. If anything, Maine's elected leaders should make it easier, not harder, for workers to organize.

 

In order for us to win on our issues, we need you to begin a conversation with your state senator and state representative. Please pull out and save our 2015 Guide to Contacting Your State Legislators arriving with your Maine Stater in mailboxes this week. Keep the Guide handy. We will follow up with you in the coming weeks and months on key hearing dates, legislation and facts so you can have informed and persuasive conversations with your state senator and state representative in support of our issues. Together, we can win for Maine's working families and retirees.


Latest News Stories and Feature Links

 

Attention 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, ME 04101

 

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 to post on 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.

 

Bangor Daily News editorial: Maine's new leaders should make Riverview a priority

 

Central Maine Newspapers editorial: Hepatitis A case shows state CDC shortcomings

 

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