“We are going to open up something in Washington County. We are going to re-employ those employees, and we are going to provide inmates for the workforce. That will happen.”
–Randall Liberty, whom Governor Janet Mills nominated as commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections, on actions he will take following last year’s closure of Downeast Correctional Facility in Bucks Harbor. Source: Bangor Daily News
Governor Mills has hit the ground running by signing an Executive Order expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This action will implement the voter-approved citizens’ initiative providing healthcare to over 70,000 Mainers. Story.
Elected to the 2019 MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors, standing in front from left: Area I: Retiree Director Bob Ruhlin, Alternate Retiree Director Diane Sharpe, Director Paul Edgecomb; Director Tom Maher and Alternate Director Kandi Crawford; Area II: Director Jen Neumeyer; Alternate Director George O’Connor, and Director Dave Projansky; Area III: Alternate Director Steve Kimball, Director Lisa Morgan and Retiree Director Penny Whitney-Asdourian. In back row at center are MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton and MSEA-SEIU Vice President Dean Staffieri. Also standing in back row, at far left is MSEA-SEIU Director Maureen Sullivan.
Nearly 200 MSEA-SEIU elected delegates converged on the Samoset in Rockport for our 75th Annual Meeting on October 26-27. Read the full report here.
At our 75th Annual Meeting, elected MSEA-SEIU delegates decided to invest in our union. They resolved to strengthen quality services in Maine and improve the quality of life for all of us by approving the Fight Forward initiative recommended by our Finance Committee and approved by our Board of Directors. Read President Welton’s column here.