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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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July 9 --

Maine seniors cannot afford four more years of Gov. LePage,

says MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard

 

"Today, Gov. LePage misrepresented his actions on issues central to Maine's senior citizens. Over the past three years, Gov. LePage shifted hundreds of millions of dollars in State costs onto Maine seniors, families and our communities. By shifting State costs onto property taxpayers, Gov. LePage has made it harder for Maine seniors to live independently in their own homes.

 

"Gov. LePage cut municipal revenue sharing for our communities. He cut general purpose aid to education for our schools. He cut the Circuit Breaker property tax relief program. He tried to cut the Medicare Savings Program. He tried to eliminate the Homestead Exemption and the Drugs for the Elderly program.

 

"Gov. LePage took all of these actions to help pay for his new tax breaks mostly benefiting Maine's wealthiest residents. Yet in doing so, Gov. LePage handed a disproportionate share of the bill to Maine seniors.

 

"In his own press release last month, Gov. LePage described Social Security as 'welfare.' Gov. LePage's record is one of attacking the cornerstones of retirement security for working families and retired workers. In 2011, Gov. LePage cut the pensions of Maine's retired public workers to help pay for his new tax breaks. His own Finance Commissioner, Sawin Millett, now retired, explained Gov. LePage's pension cuts this way to the Legislature's Appropriations Committee on Feb. 28, 2011: 'The pension savings in this budget allows for taxes to be cut by $203 million over the biennium.'

 

"Maine's senior citizens simply cannot afford another four years of Gov. LePage."



Statement by MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn:

 

"Today's narrowly written U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn has no impact whatsoever on our members in Maine. We are disappointed, however, that the 5-4 decision interferes with the rights of certain home-care workers elsewhere in our nation to have a voice in their wages, benefits and working conditions. No decision by the Supreme Court will stop public workers from advocating for a strong voice for good jobs and quality services our communities need."




Longevity pay resumes July 1, 2014, for Executive Branch workers

 

Attention MSEA-SEIU Members in the Executive Branch of State Government: As you may know, the Maine Legislature funded longevity pay effective July 1, 2014, and merit pay for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014. On June 9, we signed a memorandum of agreement with the State confirming that Executive Branch workers who were denied longevity pay or a longevity pay increase prior to July 1, 2014, will start receiving longevity pay or a longevity pay increase July 1, 2014.

 

The memorandum of agreement also confirms that, in accordance with our collective bargaining agreements, Executive Branch workers who are eligible for a merit increase in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, will receive a merit increase on their anniversary date, subject to a satisfactory performance evaluation.

 

The agreement is a direct result of our successful campaign to persuade the Maine Legislature to pass, by a veto-proof margin, LD 1843, the supplemental budget funding longevity pay effective July 1, 2014, and merit pay for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014. Thanks go to those MSEA-SEIU members who talked with their state legislators in support of passing a responsible supplemental budget.



Longevity pay resumes July 1, 2014, for Judicial Branch workers

 

Attention MSEA-SEIU Members in the Judicial Branch of State Government: As you may know, the Maine Legislature authorized longevity pay effective July 1, 2014. On June 2 and 3, we signed agreements with your management confirming that Judicial Branch workers who were denied longevity pay or a longevity pay increase prior to July 1, 2014, will start receiving longevity pay or a longevity pay increase July 1, 2014.

 

Read the agreement for the Judicial Branch Administrative Services, Supervisory Services and Professional Services bargaining units.

 

Read the agreement for the Law Enforcement Bargaining Unit.

 

These agreements are a direct result of our successful campaign to persuade the Maine Legislature to pass, by a veto-proof margin, LD 1843, the supplemental state budget authorizing longevity pay effective July 1, 2014. Thanks go to those MSEA-SEIU members who talked with their state legislators in support of passing a responsible supplemental state budget.



MSEA-SEIU Local 1989's



2014 Legislative Scorecard

Find out whether your state legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers on 11 critical votes; hold them accountable on Election Day!



Because the Nov. 4 elections are less than five months away, we are posting our 2014 Legislative Scorecard to make sure you have all the facts.

 

Use our Scorecard to find out whether your state legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers on 11 critical votes. Then hold them all accountable on Election Day!

 

We scored every legislator on 11 key pieces of legislation impacting the everyday lives of Maine workers and families in the first and second sessions of the 126th Maine Legislature spanning 2013 and 2014. Legislators who scored 100 percent voted perfectly. Legislators who scored zero percent voted against Maine workers and families every time. You should know that as a result of our electoral work in the 2012 elections, a majority of the legislators in the recently concluded 126th Maine Legislature voted in support of quality public services and the workers who provide them.

 

During the 2014 session of the 126th Legislature, we:

-- Secured the votes necessary to fund merit and longevity pay for workers in all three branches of state government for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014;

-- Funded numerous reclassifications and reallocations for State of Maine workers;

-- Ensured that IF surplus (Cascade) funds are available at the end of this fiscal year, that any "one time only" or "ad hoc" retiree cost of living adjustment will be based on up to $30,000 of pension base.

 

Once you have used the Scorecard to determine whether your legislators voted FOR or AGAINST Maine workers, please be sure to share that information and this Scorecard with your family and friends. Together, we can win for Maine workers. Onward to the elections on Nov. 4!


Legislative roundup:

3 important gains for our members


The second session of the 126th Maine Legislature concluded with three important gains for our members:

1. RECLASSIFICATIONS AUTHORIZED

At our urging, state legislators overrode Gov. LePage's veto of LD 1858, the bipartisan Second Supplemental Budget authorizing reclassifications, stipend increases and reallocations for MSEA-SEIU members working in classifications that include nurses at the state psychiatric hospitals, marine scientists, military firefighters at Bangor International Airport, and rangers at Baxter State Park.

2. MERIT AND LONGEVITY PAY FUNDED EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014 FOR WORKERS IN ALL THREE BRANCHES OF STATE GOVERNMENT

The Highway Fund Budget, LD 1788, became law without the Governor's signature. LD 1788 funds merit and longevity pay starting July 1, 2014, for state employees whose positions are funded through the Highway Fund Budget. On a related note, last month, the state budget compromise funding merit and longevity pay effective July 1, 2014, for all other workers in all three branches of state government became law without the Governor's signature. As a result of these two actions:

MERIT PAY: Workers in all three branches of state government who are eligible for a contractual merit increase will get one on their anniversary date in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, subject to a satisfactory performance evaluation. "

LONGEVITY PAY: Workers who were denied their 15-, 20- or 25-year contractual longevity pay due to the longevity freeze will begin receiving longevity pay July 1, 2014. The Bipartisan Supplemental Budget that went into law without the Governor's signature includes full funding for longevity pay effective July 1, 2014.

3. ANY ONE-TIME-ONLY RETIREE AD-HOC COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT THAT POTENTIALLY COULD BE AWARDED IN 2014 WILL BE BASED ON UP TO $30,000 OF PENSION INCOME INSTEAD OF $20,000

Enacted into law without the Governor's signature, LD 232 ensures that if the State of Maine has enough of a state budget surplus at the end of the current fiscal year to trigger a one-time-only "ad-hoc" or "cash" cost of living adjustment to the pensions of State of Maine retirees, then this "ad hoc" or "cash" cost of living adjustment would be based on up to $30,000 of pension income rather than the $20,000 that applies to any yearly cost of living adjustments. To be sure, LD 232 is unrelated to the cumulative COLAs that will resume in September of 2014 based on the consumer price index.

 

DISAPPOINTING DEVELOPMENT: LAID-OFF WORKERS AT MAINE MILITARY AUTHORITY DENIED SEVERANCE PAY

Also in this year's short legislative session, we asked MSEA-SEIU members to call their state legislators and urge them to override the Governor's veto of LD 1837. This legislation would have provided the 147 laid-off workers at Maine Military Authority in Limestone with the opportunity to present their case in a court of law for the severance pay the State of Maine denied them last fall. We are disappointed that enough state senators voted with Gov. LePage to deny these laid-off workers the opportunity to present their case for severance pay.

ALL IN ALL:
MSEA-SEIU members made our voice heard in this short session of the 126th Maine Legislature by taking the time to talk to their state representatives and state senators in support of our issues. Now it's up to all of us to keep our momentum going throughout 2014 and beyond.




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Attention Candidates for MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors or Other Union Offices: If you're an MSEA-SEIU member running for the Board of Directors or other union offices to be elected by Delegates at the 2014 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting Oct. 24 and 25, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the next edition of the Maine Stater. All candidate statements and photos are due at MSEA-SEIU headquarters by 5 PM Tuesday, September 2. If you would like to have your photo taken for this purpose, call Tom Farkas at 1-800-452-8794 at your earliest convenience. E-mail statements and photos to tom.farkas@mseaseiu.org or mail them to: Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, P.O. Box 1072, Augusta, ME 04332-1072. Please post this flier containing this information on your union bulletin board.


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Attention MSEA-SEIU members: Please update your Union Bulletin Boards using the handy Union Bulletin Board posters available here.


 

THE CHARLEY RICHARDSON GUIDE TO KICKING A$$ FOR THE WORKING CLASS: This week, on the one-year anniversary of labor educator Charley Richardson's death, his family and fellow unionists unveiled a revamped version of the website Charley left for labor educators and union activists, with several new resources. The website is now called The Charley Richardson Guide to Kicking A$$ for the Working Class. That website includes a link to the 2014 edition of our MSEA-SEIU labor-management guidebook, Representing Your Coworkers: A Guide to Union Participation in Labor-Management Committees, that Charley wrote for our union, plus many of other resources from Charley that might be helpful as you advocate for Maine workers and their families.


Our four State of Maine Executive Branch contracts for state employees are now online in PDF format

 


Adjunct faculty ratify first union contract with Maine Community College System: Adjunct faculty represented by the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with the Maine Community College System. The agreement ensures raises totaling over 8 percent, along with improved job security and other protections. The agreement, which runs through June 30, 2015, covers more than 1,000 adjuncts at the seven community college campuses. The adjunct faculty voted to organize with the Maine State Employees Association in May 2010 to gain a voice in the community college system. They have been working on temporary contracts with no rights or benefits, and for low pay. "First and foremost, adjunct faculty want to be respected and compensated for the work we do," said Paul Trahan, president of the adjunct faculty chapter of MSEA-SEIU. "We provide most of the instruction throughout the system, and we want to be recognized as equal members of this community. This union contract is an important first step." The unionization of the adjunct faculty in the Maine Community College System represents the latest victory in a growing national effort by adjunct faculty to organize for collective bargaining. "While our system of higher education relies increasingly on adjunct faculty, universities and colleges across the country are failing to pay them adequately or to give them the respect they deserve," said Ginette Rivard, president of the Maine State Employees Association. "MSEA-SEIU is proud to be at the forefront of addressing these problems."



MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 rejoins Maine AFL-CIO to strengthen the voice of Maine workers
: Members of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, have rejoined the Maine AFL-CIO, a statewide labor federation, after a seven-year hiatus. Collectively, the two groups represent more than 42,000 Maine workers.

 

"Rejoining the Maine AFL-CIO formalizes the effective working partnerships that MSEA-SEIU members and Maine AFL-CIO members have demonstrated over the last several years," said Ginette Rivard, president of the Maine State Employees Association. "We have worked closely together to defend the right of Maine workers to have a voice in their wages, benefits and working conditions. Together, we will move forward to address common legislative issues such as the urgent need to accept federal funds to expand healthcare coverage and to elect a governor who respects Maine workers. We are united in supporting Congressman Mike Michaud as Maine's next governor."

 

Don Berry, president of the Maine AFL-CIO, a federation of 150 local unions, welcomed members of the Maine State Employees Association back into the statewide federation.

 

"MSEA's decision to unite with the broader labor movement is great news for Maine workers. A stronger, more unified grassroots movement of working men and women is exactly what's needed to raise wages and rebuild economic security for Maine families. Together we are stronger - it's as simple as that. Together working people have a stronger voice to challenge inequality and defend their rights on the job. Now that MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 members have rejoined our federation, we can work even closer together to make sure all Maine workers earn a living wage and have good healthcare and respect on the job."