Labor Day 2015!
Please join in these Labor Day Weekend 2015 celebrations
AUGUSTA'S CAPITAL PARK -- SUNDAY, SEPT. 6:
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 email@example.com
-- MONDAY, SEPT. 7:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 576-0438.
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
email@example.com or 491-9928.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 491-9928.
-- MONDAY, SEPT. 7:
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.
Labor forum hosted by Harvard labor educator
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31,
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.
Ginette Rivard, President
Bangor Daily News, August 1, 2015
13 update --
Great news: Four victories!
pieces of bipartisan legislation we supported became
law over the weekend without the Governor's signature:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Team ready to bargain!
Members of the
MSEA-SEIU Executive Branch Union Negotiating Team
are ready to bargain!
News Stories and Feature Links
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
State of Maine Executive Branch contracts
for state employees are now online in PDF
state workers don't make more than their