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

Income Protection Questions & Answers

Income Protection Application

 

MEDICARE TURNS 50

National Day of Action July 30, 2015

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July 14: Judicial Branch bargaining update --

Ratification vote set on tentative agreements in the Judicial Branch

On June 25, members our union negotiating teams representing all four of our State of Maine Judicial Branch bargaining units reached tentative contractual agreements with management for new contracts running from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2017. The tentative contractual agreements cover workers in the Professional, Supervisory, Law Enforcement and Administrative bargaining units within the Judicial Branch. The MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors has reviewed the tentative agreements and authorized a ratification vote.

 

MSEA-SEIU members in our Judicial Branch bargaining units soon will receive a mailing from us containing an explanation of the tentative agreements, a ratification ballot and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Completed ratification ballots must be received at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 headquarters, 65 State St., Augusta, 04330, by 5 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2015, at which point the ballots will be counted immediately thereafter.



July 13 update --

Great news: Four victories!

Four pieces of bipartisan legislation we supported became law over the weekend without the Governor's signature:

 

    -- LD 86, "An Act To Improve Retirement Security for Retired Public Employees," sponsored by State Sen. Roger Sherman, provides retired state workers and teachers cost of living adjustments of 2.55 percent added to base pensions in September 2015 and again in September 2016.


    -- LD 1166, "An Act To Protect Taxpayers by Regulating Personal Services Contracts," sponsored by State Rep. Danny Martin, strengthens the transparency and accountability in state personal service contracts by making cost-savings information provided by winners of competitively bid contracts available online for anyone to see. LD 1166 specifically requires a new contractor to provide, where applicable, the projected savings of the contract over the State's cost of providing the same service, and also include the amount of savings compared to the previous contractor.


    -- LD 1350, "Resolve, to Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Direct-Care Workers Serving Adults with Long-Term Care Needs," sponsored by Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, funds an additional $250,000 over the next two years for wage increases for personal care attendants. This is over and above the funding in the two-year state budget, LD 1019, which funds other home care workers.

-- LD 1451, "An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain Judicial Department Employees," sponsored by State Sen. James Hamper, funds the tentative contractual agreements reached by our union negotiating teams in the Judicial Branch of State of Maine Government.

 

Thanks go to those MSEA-SEIU members who, over the past six months, talked with their legislators in support of our issues. Thanks also go to those legislators who voted the right way. Together, in addition to getting these bills passed, we also built the support necessary to enact LD 1019, the bipartisan state budget, over the Governor's vetoes. Our conversations with legislators made the difference every step of the way.


Union Negotiating Team ready to bargain!



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


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CANDIDATES FOR MSEA-SEIU PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS: All nominations for President and Vice President are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, per the MSEA-SEIU Constitution and Bylaws. Also, if you are running for the Board of Directors, Vice President or President to be voted on by Delegates at the 2015 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting this fall, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the Maine Stater. All candidate statements and photos for publication in the Maine Stater are due at MSEA-SEIU headquarters by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. If you would like to have your photo taken for this purpose, call Tom Farkas at 1-800-452-8794 at your earliest convenience. Email candidate statements and photos to: tom.farkas@mseaseiu.org or mail candidate statements and photos to: Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 P.O. Box 1072, Augusta, ME 04332-1072. Click here for a poster of this notice for your union bulletin board.

 


 

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


 

 

Our 2015 MSEA-SEIU Regional Steward Skills 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 of the training dates for your union bulletin board:

  • 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: