New tentative agreement reached at Green Valley Association!

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Congratulations to the MSEA-SEIU members on the bargaining team at Green Valley Association for reaching a new tentative contractual agreement with management on Oct. 15. The new tentative agreement comes less than a month after MSEA-SEIU members who provide home-support services at Green Valley Association in Island Falls rejected an earlier tentative agreement, authorized a strike and sent the bargaining team back to the table to keep fighting for a fair contract. The new tentative agreement provides a path to enhance recruitment by improving scheduling and committing to two pay raises this year. Congrats to all the members at Green Valley Association for sticking together and standing up for each other to win a fair contract!


 

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Our latest Maine Stater (front page above) containing our 2019 Legislative Scorecard for the 129th Maine Legislature and our complete preview coverage of the 76th MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting is in the mail! Can’t wait for delivery? Read the Stater here. Check here to see if your State Senator and State Rep voted for or against MSEA and workers on key issues we tracked.

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Check our 2019 Legislative Scorecard for the 129th Maine Legislature (front page above) to see if your State Senator and State Rep voted for or against MSEA and workers on key issues we tracked.


 

 MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 Transportation Chapter Nominations and Election Notice

The Transportation Chapter will hold its election of officers and delegates for 2020 on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. The election will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Voting will be in the lobby of the MaineDOT HQ building on Child Street in Augusta.
 
Nominations for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and four Chapter delegates will be accepted from Chapter members until 5:00 PM on Friday, October 25th, 2019. Nominations may be sent to the Chapter Secretary, Mike Laberge, by e-mail at michael.laberge@maine.gov, or in writing by mail to:  Transportation Chapter Secretary, c/o MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, 65 State St., Augusta, ME  04330-5126.
 
The election is open to Chapter members in good standing. Absentee ballots will be available to Chapter members by contacting the Chapter Secretary, Mike Laberge via e-mail at michael.laberge@maine.gov.

 


Executive Branch contracts ratified, signed!

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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.

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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!

    In Solidarity,
    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


 

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MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton congratulates MSEA-SEIU Retiree Member and 2019 MSEA-SEIU Lifetime Achievement Award winner Lois Baxter. Story here.


 

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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.

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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.

 

Updated: October 15, 2019 — 12:09 pm