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.
MSEA-SEIU members in the Executive Branch!
do you want in your next contract?
Dear MSEA-SEIU Members Working for the
State of Maine Executive Branch,
This is a key bargaining year, with
all of our contracts expiring in the State of Maine's
Executive Branch. Now more than ever, we need to work
together to deliver fair contracts for everyone.
Your union is establishing a Contract
Action Team consisting of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 members
who will guide the Union Negotiating Team. This is your
invitation to become part of the Contract Action Team.
Please join the Contract Action Team
and attend the Contract Action Team's kickoff meeting
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Augusta
Civic Center, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.
To participate, sign up by calling MSEA-SEIU Member
Support Specialist Terry Baillargeon by 5 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 27, at 1-800-452-8794 or 622-3151 or email@example.com.
At the Contract Action Team meeting
Jan. 31, team members will start the process for us
to win new Executive Branch contracts. Our current contracts
expiring June 30, 2015, cover state workers in four
bargaining units: Administrative Services; Professional-Technical
Services; Operations, Maintenance & Support Services;
and Supervisory Services. If you want to be part of
the actual Union Negotiating Team, you need to have
someone attending the Jan. 31 meeting nominate you to
serve on the Union Negotiating Team.
On Jan. 31, members of the Contract
Action Team will elect one at-large Union Negotiating
Team member from each of the four bargaining units and
take nominations for the remaining slots, which will
then be elected by a mail-in ballot. Candidates who
are nominated will have until Friday, Feb. 6, to submit
written biographies in support of their nominations
to MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 headquarters. At that point,
ballot elections will be held via mail for MSEA-SEIU
Local 1989 members in each of the four Executive Branch
bargaining units to elect members to the Union Negotiating
Team. All ballots will be due at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
headquarters by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, and MSEA-SEIU
members will count them immediately thereafter.
Again, all MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 members
in the four Executive Branch bargaining units are encouraged
to serve on the Contract Action Team meeting Jan. 31.
Preregistration is necessary as explained above. All
MSEA-SEIU members in the Executive Branch also are encouraged
to submit bargaining proposals using this bargaining
proposal form on our website.
A copy of the bargaining proposal form
also will appear in the Maine Stater arriving in your
mailboxes the week of Jan. 26-30. There are two requirements
in submitting bargaining proposals:
1) Only one proposal will be accepted
per form, so if you are submitting more than one proposal,
please either photocopy the form or download
and print copies from our website;
2) Your contact information (name, home
and work phones, and home and work email) is required
on the bargaining proposal form for your proposal to
Once the Union Negotiating Team is elected,
the next step is for members of the Union Negotiating
Team to meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14,
at MSEA-SEIU headquarters in Augusta to undergo training
in bargaining, review bargaining proposals, and solicit
meeting dates from management.
Thank you and we look forward toward
your participation in determining your next contract.
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
P.S. Here is our timeline for Executive
Saturday, Jan. 31: First meeting
of the Contract Action Team, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Augusta
Civic Center, Augusta Room, Upstairs, with registration
beginning at 8:30 a.m. Nominations for Union Negotiating
Team candidates, election of four at-large Union Negotiating
Team members (one per bargaining unit), review proposals,
and set goals and priorities.
Friday, Feb. 6: Deadline for
nominees to the Union Negotiating Team to submit written
statements to MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 headquarters.
Friday, Feb. 20: Ballots and
written statements from nominees for Union Negotiating
Team to be mailed out to union members in respective
Friday, Feb. 27: Deadline to
submit bargaining proposals to MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
Friday, March 6: Ballots due
at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 headquarters by 5 p.m. Ballots
will be counted immediately thereafter.
Saturday, March 14: Union Negotiating
Team meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MSEA-SEIU headquarters
to undergo training, review bargaining proposals and
solicit meeting dates from management.