Executive Branch contracts ratified, signed!
MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton, members of our Executive Branch bargaining team and Governor Janet Mills sign our new Executive Branch contracts Aug. 2 after MSEA-SEIU members in all four units ratified them.
MSEA-SEIU members count the ballots July 31 in the Executive Branch contract-ratification vote.
Dear MSEA-SEIU Members,
MSEA-SEIU members in all four of our Executive Branch bargaining units overwhelmingly approved their tentative contractual agreements on July 31 and they took effect the following day. Members of the bargaining team and Governor Mills signed the contracts Aug. 2. Highlights:
- Pay raises: A 3 percent across-the-board pay raise at the start of the pay week commencing closest to Sept. 1, 2019; and a 4 percent raise via adding a step/dropping a step with the start of the pay week commencing closest to Dec. 31, 2020.
- New longevity step at 10 years (20 cents) starts in October 2019; and an additional 10 cents to the 25-year longevity step, increasing it from 50 cents to 60 cents, starts Dec. 31, 2020.
- Department of Transportation Winter allowance doubles moving forward, retroactive additional $25 per week for the 2018-2019 season; there’s no change to overtime equalization.
- Greater parity among Maine DHHS caseworkers by increasing base wages of Adult Protective Caseworkers.
- Comprehensive compensation and classification study for state employees funded: This study will provide a thorough examination of the state’s classification and compensation system for state employees in the context of how other public and private sector workers are paid for comparable work. The administration will fund the study with the goal of completing it by Aug. 1, 2020, in time for its findings to become the subject of future collective bargaining. We’ll be involved in selecting the consultant to perform the study. Over the coming year, the study will provide us with data we can use to fight for solutions to the kinds of problems many of you and your coworkers identified in our worksite surveys.
- Paid parental leave: 14 days of paid parental leave for either parent relating to the birth or adoption of a child.
- No takebacks: We went into these negotiations determined to protect and build upon your contractual rights. All rights in the prior contracts continue.
You and your coworkers stepped up in a big way throughout the negotiations. Thousands of you signed our letter to Governor Mills asking her to respect public service. Many of you also identified issues through our worksite surveys, talked with your state legislators in support of the quality public services you provide, and, in late June, rallied in support of your bargaining team to help secure the best contracts possible.There’s still a lot of work to do, both in our worksites and in the Legislature, in support of quality services, public workers, and retirement security. However, with these new contracts, we made good progress. The contracts position you and your coworkers for future gains. Let’s keep our momentum going!
Your MSEA-SEIU Bargaining Team:
Administrative Services: Sherri Beaulieu, Tracy Bonnevie and Cindy Proulx
Operations, Maintenance and Support Services: Mike Bathory, Carl Holbrook and Brian Markey
Professional-Technical Services: Robyn Egan, Tom Maher and Dan Russell
Supervisory Services: David Projansky, Maureen Sullivan and Jon Woodard
Ramona Welton, President
Dean Staffieri, Vice President
See our bargaining roundup here for updates on Preble Street, Auburn, Green Valley, Baxter School, Judicial, Maritime, Community Colleges, Legislative, MainePERS, and Turnpike. Photo: Our bargaining team members at Governor Baxter School for the Deaf/MECDHH are, from left, Megan Kish, Catherine Lushman, Katherine Duncan, Steve Kimball and Denise Adams.
If you are running for election for MSEA-SEIU offices or committees to be voted on by MSEA-SEIU delegates at the 2019 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting on Nov. 1 and 2, 2019, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the Maine Stater. The terms held by the MSEA-SEIU members listed at this link expire Dec. 31, 2019.
MSEA-SEIU Member Kristen Stevens works as the Education Program Coordinator for the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. In June, in recognition of her work providing educational opportunities to Maine prisoners and encouraging them to stay the course, the Maine Adult Education Association to which she belongs presented her with its 2019 Adult Education Distinguished Service Award. One of her colleagues, MSEA-SEIU Member Peter Servidio, a teacher at the Maine Correctional Center, nominated her for the award. Story here.
MSEA-SEIU Member and MaineDOT Traffic Engineer II Jonathan French served as lead designer for the Orono roundabout at the intersection of Rangeley Road and Route 2 – the Route 2 entrance to the University of Maine. He began designing it in earnest in late 2014; it opened in the summer of 2018. Before the roundabout’s construction, the intersection was considered a high-crash location by the department. “There were some serious crashes with injuries,” Jonathan said, “and a lot of development and student-housing traffic made for congestion. The intersection was also not very accommodating for bicycles or pedestrians.” Since its opening, however, the amount of injury crashes and congestion in that part of Orono has fallen, and the roundabout also has improved accommodation for bicycles and pedestrians, leading a civil-engineering group to recognize MaineDOT with a special award for Jonathan’s roundabout design. Story here.