MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 has tickets for the

Portland Sea Dogs vs. Akron Rubber Ducks

Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 1:00PM.  General Admission price is $9.00

Tickets are available at the MSEA-SEIU Headquarters at 65 State Street, Augusta, ME

Victory in Fort Kent! Maine DHHS to keep regional office open

For weeks, northern Mainers and the Maine DHHS workers who serve them have held informational pickets protesting the announced closure of the Maine DHHS regional office in Fort Kent and relocation of those services and 17 workers to Caribou. On July 18¸ management announced the regional office and the 17 workers will remain in Fort Kent after all.

This is great news for the residents of the St. John Valley and the workers at the Fort Kent office. We’re happy to hear that DHHS and the Governor listened to the DHHS workers and the residents of the St. John Valley about the critical need for the delivery of those vital public services close to home.

The Fort Kent office serves scores of northern Mainers, including children, parents and senior citizens. The workers at the Fort Kent district office assist northern Mainers who access Maine DHHS services such as MaineCare, child support, disability determination services, Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment (ASPIRE) services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) services and food stamps. In addition, the workers at the Fort Kent district office provide services to elderly Mainers and adults with disabilities.

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MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 announces 2016 scholarship winners

Mariah Lane, center of photo, is the daughter of MSEA-SEIU member and Central Aroostook Chapter member Torry Lane, at right, and Hilary Lane. Mariah won our 2016 Murray L. Brown Scholarship worth $1,000 after articulating an understanding and appreciation for the value of her family belonging to a union and the impact union membership has had on her family. The scholarship was presented to Mariah at Southern Aroostook Community School. Mariah is attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Her father, Torry Lane, works for the Maine DOT as a transportation worker.

Congratulations go to all of the winners of our union’s 2016 scholarships:

Richard J. McDonough Scholarship ($1,500)
Keyana Prescott, granddaughter of Philip York Sr. of the Southern Maine Retirees Chapter, is attending Utica College in Utica, New York.

Howard L. Bowen Scholarship ($1,000)
Francesca Beth A. Haines, daughter of Merlyn Haines of the Androscoggin Chapter, is attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Murray L. Brown Scholarship ($1,000)
Mariah Lane, daughter of Torry J. Lane of the Central Aroostook Chapter, is attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

George A. Davala Scholarship ($1,000)
Nicholas A. DePatsy, son of Michelle DePatsy of the Harborside Chapter, is attending Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

Area I Community College Scholarship ($750)
Hailey Rose Caron, daughter of Jill Caron of the St. John Valley Chapter, is attending the Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.

Area II Community College Scholarship ($750)
Sara A. Tsomides, daughter of Peter Tsomides of the Cumberland Chapter, is attending Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

Area III Community College Scholarship ($750)
Alison Grace Eaton, daughter of Michelle Eaton of the Maine Maritime Academy Local 8842 Chapter, is attending University of Maine in Orono.

If you are running for election to the MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors, to be voted on by delegates at the 2016 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22, 2016, you can submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the Maine Stater. The terms of the following MSEA-SEIU directors expire Dec. 31, 2016: Area I: Tom Maher and Miranda Wilson; Area II: Jennifer Neumeyer and Robin Upton-Sukeforth; Area III: Genevieve “Gen” Lysen and Lisa Morgan; and Retirees: Peggy Rice and Loren Snow. All candidate statements and photos for publication in the Maine Stater are due at MSEA-SEIU headquarters by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. 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 (JPGs) by clicking here.

Or U.S. mail candidate statements and photos to:
Maine Stater, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
65 State St., Augusta, ME 04330-5126

Click here for a bulletin board poster of this announcement to post on your union bulletin board.

Riverview, Dorothea Dix workers recognized for building supermajority support necessary to put LD 1645 into law

Riverview workers

Union delegates at the Maine AFL-CIO Cope Convention in Auburn on June 23 gave a standing ovation to Riverview Psychiatric Center workers Lisa Cromwell, at left, and Laura Fisher on behalf of all the workers at the Riverview and Dorothea Dix psychiatric Centers. Delegates recognized the Riverview and Dorothea Dix workers for building the supermajority support necessary to override the veto of the emergency legislation known as LD 1645, “An Act To Address Employee Recruitment and Retention Issues at State Mental Health Institutions.” Now law, LD 1645 provides wage adjustments for the Riverview and Dorothea Dix front-line, direct-care workers referenced in Court Master Daniel Wathen’s reports. Laura Fisher is president of ASCME Local 1814 of which Lisa is a member. MSEA-SEIU members worked closely with AFSCME Local 1814 and other coalition partners to build the supermajority support that put LD 1645 into law.

“Turmoil at Riverview, especially regarding forensic patients like Bechard who have been committed through the criminal justice process, has been evident for several years. The hospital lost its federal certification in 2013 and has forfeited $20 million a year in Medicaid reimbursements. A revolving door for senior leadership and inadequate pay for front-line workers have apparently translated into an unstable environment for patients.” Read the full editorial.

MSEA-SEIU members ratify OM&S tentative contract

In their contract-ratification vote, MSEA-SEIU members in the Operations, Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit in the Maine State Government Executive Branch on May 31 ratified their tentative contractual agreement. The successor contract went into effect June 1. Thanks go to all OM&S members who participated in this long and difficult process. 

2016 MSEA-SEIU Statewide Steward Skills Training

Stump the Chiefs

About 100 MSEA-SEIU stewards converged on Augusta May 26 for our 2016 MSEA-SEIU Statewide Steward Skills Training Program. In addition to hearing reports from MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton, MSEA-SEIU Executive Director Rod Hiltz and MSEA-SEIU Director of Politics and Legislation Mary Anne Turowski, the stewards joined in numerous workshops throughout the day. The workshops included “The Life and Times of a Complaint,” “Building Our Strength,” “Stump the Chief Stewards,” “Lessons from the Stewards Guild” and “Preparing Your Member for a Meeting with Management.” The stewards also recognized two of their own, retiring MSEA-SEIU Chief Stewards Sharon Carroll and Sam Sotirelis, both at left, for their many years of advocacy for Maine workers. Also shown are MSEA-SEIU Chief Stewards Lisa Morgan and Bill Hartley.

Bill Deering at picnic

At our 29th Annual MSEA-SEIU Retirees Day, members of our Retirees Steering Committee presented retiree member Bill Deering with our 2016 MSEA-SEIU Lifetime Achievement Award. Members of his retiree chapter, the Eastern Maine Retirees, nominated Bill for the award. Full story.

Check out this report:
Fighting Fraud: U.S. Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors
by the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging


Another update: Victory for Ferry Service workers, islanders

At our urging, the Maine Legislature on Friday, April 29, overrode the Governor’s veto of LD 1468, the emergency legislation helping workers for the Maine State Ferry Service and the island communities they serve. Thanks go to our ferry service captains, crews, shore crews and everyone else who called their legislators in support of LD 1468.

Victory for Riverview and Dorothea Dix workers

At our urging, the Maine Legislature on Friday, April 29, overrode the Governor’s veto of LD 1645, the emergency legislation helping workers at Riverview Psychiatric Center and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, and the people they serve. LD 1645 is now law. Thanks go to all of you who took the time over the past few months to speak with your state senator and state representative in support of LD 1645.

Updated: July 22, 2016 — 11:10 am
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