Throughout our two-day Annual Meeting, MSEA-SEIU
delegates made all the decisions.
Roundup: Our 2015 MSEA-SEIU
At our 2015 Annual Meeting Oct. 23 and 24 at the
Samoset Resort in Rockport, over 200 MSEA-SEIU delegates set our
union's course for 2016 and beyond. They approved a 2016 General
Operating Budget and a 60 cents a week dues increase to fund it.
They voted in union elections. They voted on numerous resolutions.
Click on these links below for details and photos from our 2015
results: MSEA-SEIU delegates elect MSEA-SEIU members to the Board
of Directors, VEBA Board and Finance Committee. Delegates also
nominate MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our PASER Committee (Political
Action by Service Employees and Retirees)
Delegates elect MSEA-SEIU Vice President Ramona Welton as our
next President, and MSEA-SEIU Director Dean Staffieri as our next
decide on numerous resolutions.
banquet speakers voted 100 percent for Maine workers and retirees.
the Scott Austin Eastside Chapter.
Chapter Recognition: Our Maine Community College System Adjunct
Bill Bernier Steward Recognition: MSEA-SEIU Steward and Maine
Ferry Service Capt. Peter Drury.
Retiree Recognition: MSEA-SEIU retiree members Carol Gould and
Political Activist Recognition: MSEA-SEIU retiree member Steven
C.J. Polyot Recognition: MSEA-SEIU Steward David Projansky.
President Ginette Rivard joins hands with MSEA-SEIU Vice President-elect
Dean Staffieri and MSEA-SEIU President-elect Ramona Welton
following their election by delegates at our 2015 Annual Meeting.
Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2016. Applauding are, from left,
MSEA-SEIU Treasurer Mark Landry, MSEA-SEIU Secretary Jessica
Dubois and MSEA-SEIU Director Jonathan French representing
2015 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting --
elect our union's leaders
our Annual Meeting Oct. 23 and 24, in addition to electing MSEA-SEIU
Vice President Ramona Welton as our next President and MSEA-SEIU
Director Dean Staffieri as our next Vice President, MSEA-SEIU
delegates also elected MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our Board
of Directors, Finance Committee and VEBA Board. In addition, delegates
nominated MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our PASER Committee (Political
Action for Service Employees and Retirees.
President: Ramona Welton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Vice President: Dean Staffieri 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Bonnevie 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Dube 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Michelle Eaton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Gladu 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
Sam Sotirelis 1/1/16 to 12/31/16
of Directors: Phil Garwood 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Latulippe 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Pomerleau 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
Banden 1/1/16 to 12/31/16
Pitarys 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Paquet 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Gray 1/1/16 to 12/31/18
Winterich 1/1/16 to 12/31/16
Board of Directors
Burgoyne 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Brenda Kaler 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Brunton 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Dugal 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Redlon 1/1/16 to 12/31/17
Boyan 1/1/16 to 12/31/16
Alternate: Maureen Sullivan
Committee Nominations (Must be a PASER member to be
considered for nomination and only PASER members may nominate
- final selection is made from this list by the Board of Directors):
George Burgoyne - Eastern Maine Retirees
Paul Gilbert - Western Mountain Retirees
Debbie Dornish - Area II Retirees
Rob Peale - Eastside Scott Austin
Jackie Roach - Area II Retirees
Robin Upton-Sukeforth - Capitol Western
Cordell Hackett - Southern Maine DOT
Jason Inman - Cumberland
Sharon McAlevey - Cumberland
Rachel Sherman - York County, Local 1297
Executive Branch bargaining contract-ratification
September 29th, 2015
votes, MSEA-SEIU members in our Executive Branch bargaining units
voted as follows:
- RATIFIED TENTATIVE CONTRACT: MSEA-SEIU
members in our Administrative Services Bargaining Unit, Supervisory
Services Bargaining Unit, and Professional-Technical Services
Bargaining Unit ratified our tentative contractual agreement.
The contract took effect upon ratification. The contract runs
through June 30, 2017. It provides for across-the-board wage
increases of 1 percent effective Oct. 1, 2015, and another 1
percent effective July 1, 2016, and is largely status quo on
- REJECTED TENTATIVE CONTRACT: MSEA-SEIU
members in our Operations, Maintenance and Support Services
Bargaining Unit rejected our tentative contractual agreement.
We will reach out to all of our members in the Operations,
Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit soon
for input on our priorities going forward. We will follow up
with any new developments.
The Members of Our
MSEA-SEIU Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team:
- MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard;
- MSEA-SEIU Vice President Ramona
- Administrative Services Bargaining
Unit members Cindy Proulx, Jessica Dubois, Kathy Latulippe and
- Operations, Maintenance and Support
Services Bargaining Unit members Cordell Hackett, Shawn Kelley,
Mark Soisson and Sam Sotirelis;
- Supervisory Services Bargaining
Unit members Maureen Sullivan, Rob Peale, David Projansky and
- Professional-Technical Services
Bargaining Unit members Tom Maher, Andrea Lapointe, Nick Pitarys
and Jerry Quirion.
Latest News Stories
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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?
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.
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."
We proudly represent
the Faculty, Staff, Support, Professional and Supervisory
workers at Maine Maritime Academy. Our members deliver quality
public services you can count on:
Maritime is ranked top school in country for preparing students
for high-paying jobs.
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, Mich. While the delegate-election process
remains many months away, we are providing the information
at this link so everyone can familiarize themselves with process.
Local 1989 joins Fair Wage Maine campaign
2016 ballot proposal would
boost minimum wage to $9 in 2017, add $1 a year until it reaches
$12 in 2020, index it to inflation
Members of our MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors
voted for our union to join and participate in the Fair Wage
Maine campaign. This campaign is gathering signatures for a
statewide referendum in November 2016 to raise Maine's minimum
The proposed referendum question would raise
Maine's wage from $7.50 to $9 in 2017 and increase it by $1
a year until 2020 when it would reach $12 an hour. From that
point on, the wage would be indexed to the cost of living.
Our coalition partners at the Maine AFL-CIO
and Maine People's Alliance are leading the Fair Wage Maine
Here are two ways you can help:
Sign the Fair Wage Maine petition to get the
referendum question on the ballot for the November 2016 elections.
Participate in the campaign by donating to it
or volunteering, such as by helping to collect signatures to
get the referendum question on the ballot.
here to learn more about the campaign, or to sign up.
Congratulations, MSEA-SEIU scholarship winners
We awarded the following scholarships in May
2015. Application forms for our 2016 scholarships will be available
in early 2016 via the Maine Stater, this website and Maine's
Richard J. McDonough Scholarship ($1,500):
Joshua Beckett, son of Rebecca Beckett of the Harborside
Chapter, is attending University of Maine at Farmington.
Howard L. Bowen Scholarship ($1,000): Brynn
E. Jellison, daughter of Nichole Jamison of the Washington
Chapter, is attending Thomas College in Waterville.
Murray L. Brown Scholarship ($1000): Tate
O. Yoder, son of Michelle A. Yoder of the Dorothea Dix Chapter,
is attending Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.
George A. Davala Scholarship ($1000): Abigail
C. Simmons, daughter of John A. Simmons of the Penobscot
Chapter, is attending Husson University in Bangor.
Area I Community College Scholarship ($750):
Cody W. Eaton, son of Michelle Eaton of the Maine Maritime
Academy Chapter, is attending Eastern Maine Community College
Area II Community College Scholarship ($750):
Ty O. Cobb, son of Andy Cobb of the Central Maine Chapter,
is attending Washington County Community College in Calais.
Area III Community College Scholarship ($750):
Joshua Therrien, son of Donna Varney of the Androscoggin
Chapter, is attending Central Maine Community College in Auburn.
Study: Most state workers don't
make more than their private counterparts: