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


SEIU Local 1989

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Membership Application - Print, fillout and mail or fax. FAX Number: 207-623-4916

Income Protection Questions & Answers

Income Protection Application


Union Negotiating Team ready to bargain!

Members of the MSEA-SEIU Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team are ready to bargain!

Solidarity Rally in Bath!

Hundreds of Maine workers joined with shipbuilders May 21 at BIW for a Solidarity Rally in support of the shipyard workers. "When you are in the middle of a contract you just can't go and change the work rules - that's better left with the negotiations in 2016," said Jay Wadleigh, President of Local S6.

Mainers rally in support of immigrants in Maine

On May 21, hundreds of Mainers rallied in Portland to protest proposed cuts to services for refugees and asylum seekers in Maine. For the thousands of immigrants who have come to Maine to escape persecution in their home countries, General Assistance is the only lifeline they receive while they navigate a broken immigration system and wait for authorization to work. Those families who have come to Maine to find safety from violence in other countries should not be punished by our state. Without General Assistance, these families will be left in the cold, without any resources to get on their feet and start a new life in Maine. TAKE ACTION: Please tell your legislators that all Mainers deserve respect and support. When we stand together, we send a strong message to our elected leaders, politicians, and the media that Mainers will not accept attacks on our neighbors. We know that together we make a stronger Maine for the future.

Doug Swanson named as MSEA-SEIU Director of Field Mobilization

Doug Swanson, an experienced unionist with over 35 years of working for unions and in public service, has joined our union's management team as Director of Field Mobilization.


Having started his professional career as an engineering technician for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Dixon, Doug served as a chief steward for Teamsters Local 916's Professional-Technical Unit for a 12-county district.


Doug worked as the business agent, secretary treasurer and briefly as acting president for Teamsters Local 916 in Springfield, Ill., representing both state workers and private-sector workers. He served as a staff representative for the AFT-Wisconsin (American Federation of Teachers) in Madison, also representing state workers. More recently, Doug comes to us from the over 8,000-member Alaska Public Employees Association /American Federation of Teachers based in Juneau.


"I've been getting to know the members, staff and elected leaders of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, and it's obvious this is an extremely dedicated group of unionists," Doug said. "I'm honored to lead the member mobilization program of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989. Together, by making our voice heard, we can make sure our members are treated with the respect they have earned."


Doug earned a Master of Science degree in labor studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in union leadership and administration from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Md. He also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in management from Sauk Valley Community College in Sterling, Ill. Doug can be reached at MSEA-SEIU headquarters at 1-800-452-8794 or 622-3151 ext. 1104 or via email. Please take a moment to welcome him to our union.

URGENT: Defend workers' rights!

Urge your state legislators: Oppose LDs 404, 489, 1010 and 1319

In the coming weeks, the Maine Legislature will vote on four-anti worker "right to work for less" proposals: LDs 404, 489, 1010 and 1319. These bills are attempts to silence the voice of Maine workers in determining their wages, benefits and working conditions. At our urging on May 6 and 7, the Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted 7-6, in party line votes, to oppose these proposals, so the next step will be votes in the Maine House and Maine Senate.


Please contact your State Senator and State Representative TODAY. Respectfully urge them to oppose LDs 404, 489, 1010 and 1319. Tell them collective bargaining works well in Maine for both employers and employees, and we should maintain the balanced, fair system we have now. The contact information for your legislators appears in your most recent Maine Stater. You also can get their contact information at this official State of Maine link.


Again, please contact your State Senator and State Representative TODAY. Respectfully urge them to oppose LDs 404, 489, 1010 and 1319. For more information, check out our recent testimony opposing these bad bills:

Latest News Stories and Feature Links


Home care worker Ted Rippy of Bangor explains why it's urgent to raise the wage for Maine's home care workers.


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.

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: