release, Oct. 24:
Strong advocacy for Maine's working
families and quality, affordable healthcare for all earns
Mike Michaud for governor the backing of 10,000 service
his proven record of looking out for Maine's working
families and his determination to make quality, affordable
healthcare accessible to all Mainers, the 10,000 members
of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989
of the Service Employees International Union, today
announced their support for Mike Michaud as Maine's
support for Mike Michaud is the result of a decision-making
process in which questionnaires were sent out to all
candidates running for governor. Two candidates responded
to the survey. MSEA-SEIU members interviewed both of
them last weekend. We thank both candidates for participating
in this process.
Michaud stands for fair wages for an honest day's work,"
said MSEA-SEIU member Wade Colpitts of Calais, who works
for the Maine Department of Transportation. "Mike Michaud
stands for healthcare for when you or your family needs
to go to the doctor. And he stands for the belief that
all of us, someday, will be able to retire after a lifetime
of hard work. That's why we support my congressman,
Mike Michaud, for governor."
Michaud knows what it's like to punch a time clock and
put in a hard day's work, and he knows how to work together
to get things done for the good of all Mainers," added
MSEA-SEIU member Peggy Rice of Lincolnville, a retired
social worker. "Mike Michaud followed his father and
grandfather into Great Northern Paper, and he went on
to become an equally hardworking state legislator and
congressman. Mike Michaud keeps everyday Mainers in
mind with every decision he makes. As Governor, he will
make sure Maine's economy works for all of us."
the Desk of President Ginette Rivard
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members in Limestone, Houlton are facing tough times"
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New Report Details Maine Heritage
Policy Center's Connection To Koch Brothers and Other National
Conservative Political Interests; Evidence Shows Right-Wing "Think
Tank" was Franchised, Funded by Out-Of-State Operatives: Maine's
Majority Education Fund and the Center for Media and Democracy
released a 30-page report titled
Maine: How National Conservative Groups Infiltrated Maine Politics
by Founding and Funding the Maine Heritage Policy Center.
report is the first comprehensive analysis of the origins
and activities of the Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), a right-wing
"think tank" that has radically transformed the political landscape
of Maine since its creation in 2002. The report shows how the
MHPC came about as a result of national conservative groups' efforts
to influence politics at the state and local levels, primarily
through an organization called the State Policy Network (SPN).
report confirms what many observers has long suspected: that the
MHPC receives much, if not most, of its funding from out-of-state
interests, including the Koch Brothers.
For the tax years 2008 and 2009,
report found, at least half of the MHPC's funding
came from national conservative donors and foundations. In all,
the MHPC has taken more than $2.5 million from out-of-state conservative
donors since its inception. It is likely that the total extent
of the MHPC's out-of-state funding is far greater, but a lack
of publicly available data and the MHPC's unwillingness to disclose
its contributors makes it impossible to know for sure. The
report also shows how the MHPC has coordinated with
national advocacy groups such as the American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC), as well high-ranking members of Maine's government,
to advance an extreme agenda attacking public education, government,
workers' rights, and health care reform. Maine's Majority Education
Fund researched and authored the report as part of a broader effort
supported by the Center for and Media and Democracy, a watchdog
group that tracks the flow of right-wing "dark money" into state
and national politics.
Local groups released similar
reports on SPN affiliates in 10 other states in conjunction with
the Center. More information can be found at
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On Nov. 5, Mainers
joined us in voting YES on critical statewide bonds questions
supporting our members who repair Maine's highways and bridges
and work for the Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime
Academy. The passage of these bond questions will help keep
these members working and ensure vital services for all of us.
The Social Security Administration
announced Oct. 30 that beneficiaries will see a 1.5% cost-of-living
adjustment (COLA) beginning in their January 2014 checks.
Benefits are automatically adjusted to keep up with the cost
of living. The COLA for 2014 will be 1.5% - slightly below last
year's COLA of 1.7%, and below the average of 2.7% since 1990.
The increase will become effective with December 2013 benefits,
payable in January 2014. The COLA calculation is based on the
Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
(CPI-W), produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Earnings
subject to Social Security taxes will be capped at $117,000
in 2014, compared to $113,700 in 2013. About 6 percent of workers
have earnings above the cap.
At our 70th MSEA-SEIU Annual
Meeting Oct. 25-26 in Rockport, MSEA-SEIU delegates passed
the proposed 2014 MSEA-SEIU General Operating Budget as presented.
They re-elected MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard for another
two-year term and elected MSEA-SEIU Director Ramona Welton as
our vice president effective Jan. 1, 2014. They also voted in
other union elections, recognized members and chapters for their
hard work in support of working families, and acted on multiple
resolutions. In addition, they gave a big MSEA-SEIU welcome
to Congressman Mike Michaud, our union's endorsed candidate
for Governor. Be sure to talk with your chapter's MSEA-SEIU
delegates for a full report from the Annual Meeting. See
photos of MSEA-SEIU delegates standing up for Maine workers.
MSEA-SEIU Area II Retirees
will meet Dec. 2, at
10 a.m., with lunch at noon follwed by yankee gift swap, Board
Room, MSEA-SEIU Headquarters