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MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
65 State St.
Augusta, ME 04330-5126


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Celebrate Labor Day 2015!

Please join in these Labor Day Weekend 2015 celebrations


Central Maine Labor Council's Free Barbeque Picnic, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6., Capital Park (Union Street). Games, pie-eating contest, speakers. RSVP to



Southern Maine Labor Council's 2015 Annual Labor's Day Breakfast, 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Irish Heritage Center, corner of State and Gray streets, Portland, just down from Mercy Hospital. Seats are $25; tables for 8 are $175. This year, the Council will honor the workers who struck Fairpoint and did so through one of the coldest winters in awhile. They braved rainstorms and bone-chilling cold to stand up to an employer indifferent to the damage it proposed to inflict on them. Wear walking shoes for the march to Longfellow Square. RSVP to Doug at or 576-0438.



Western Maine Labor Council's Barbeque Picnic, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7: IBEW 567 Union Hall, 238 Goddard Road. $5 per person. Open to all union members and the public. Help share labor pride with our communities. For more information contact Cynthia at or 491-9928.



Western Maine Labor Council's Barbeque Picnic, also from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7: USW 14 Union Hall, corner of Routes 4 and 140. $5 per person;. Open to all union members and the public. Help share labor pride with our communities. For more information contact Cynthia at or 491-9928.



Solidarity Center, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7:Celebrate Labor Day with tasty food, the Loose Cannon Jug Band, and great stories of recent Maine labor victories told by Telecom workers, pharmacists, nurses and shipbuilders with the Honorable Troy Jackson as emcee. $5 suggested contribution; kids welcome -- under 12 FREE. The Solidarity Center is at 20 Ivers St., Brewer, off South Main Street on the banks of the Penobscot behind St. Teresa's Church. Co-sponsors: Eastern Maine Labor Council, and Food AND Medicine. FMI: 989-4141.

Free in Portland Monday, Aug. 31:

Labor forum hosted by Harvard labor educator


When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Where: 425 Congress St., Portland 04101


PORTLAND - On Aug. 31, Harvard labor educator Elaine Bernard will be joining a panel of labor thinkers and leaders to discuss the significance of unions in Maine and America. The forum discussion will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Monday, Aug. 31, at First Parish, at 425 Congress St., Portland. Scheduled in anticipation of Labor Day, the First Parish forum will address issues like the role of future unionization, their present validity, a diminishing middle class, and issues like Portland and Maine minimum wage efforts.


Off-color and provocative, as a much sought-after public speaker, Bernard is a high school drop-out who was able to attend college without graduating from high school. A former service worker, the labor historian went on to receive a doctorate and now serves as the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. In her remarks, Bernard often takes to task the American labor union movement for lacking aggressiveness, being too obsessed with objective language, and too limited in strategic thinking. She sees advancing technology as critical to how unions will function in the future.


The Harvard professor will be joined at the forum by John Hanson, long-time Maine labor leader and former director of Labor Education at the University of Maine. Also participating in the forum will be Rachel Hendrickson, former National Education Association coordinator and director; and Cokie Giles, the President of the Maine Nurses Association.


The free public event is part of a series of forums conducted by the First Parish Faith in Action Committee. According its committee chair and forum panel moderator, Ralph Carmona, "The forum panel will give us a better grasp on why close to 60 percent of Americans polled now support the need for unionization."

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 mourns the loss of our brother Scott Austin

Since becoming a member in 1989, Scott has been a strong activist and mentor.  He had the uncanny ability to identify a member's potential leadership qualities and shine a light on these.  Many of today's leaders credit Scott with encouraging them and mentoring them.  He valued every member, welcomed varied opinions and served in whatever capacity was needed.  As a worksite leader, steward and chief steward, Scott focused on ensuring that all were treated fairly.  As elected chapter officer, Board member and Vice President, Scott  used good judgment to ensure that all members of the various bargaining units had a strong union. 

Our loss is felt deeply, though we can never encompass the loss he is to his family.  To his wife Joyce, his son, Matt, and his entire family, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.  We thank you for sharing him with us.

In Solidarity,
Ginette Rivard, President

Scott Austin's Obituary
Bangor Daily News, August 1, 2015

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: or mail candidate statements and photos to: Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, 65 State St., Augusta, ME 04330-5126. Click here for a poster of this notice for your union bulletin board.



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: