Take action today to build on the efforts of state workers who’ve been speaking up over the last year about health and safety concerns such as asbestos, lead and mold in state buildings. We all know the problem: The State of Maine is filled with older buildings that have for many years been in decline. It’s past time for solutions. Tell your legislators:

  • No one should be forced to work in sick buildings with asbestos, lead or mold. Yet for years that’s been the reality for scores of State of Maine workers.
  • Support LD 1969, An Act to Protect State Workers from Exposure to Carcinogens, sponsored by Representative Thom Harnett, and fund the ongoing investments in the Supplemental Budget.
  • LD 1969 would identify and catalog problem buildings and related testing. It would create new standards relating to contaminants and improve testing requirements. It would improve the ability of workers to raise and resolve safety concerns.

    Join me in asking your legislators to support LD 1969.

    In Solidarity,
    Dean Staffieri, President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989


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State Representative Mike Sylvester on January 29 introduces LD 1959, An Act To Include within the Definition of “Public Employee” Those Who Have Been Employed Less than 6 Months. We support LD 1959 for equitable treatment for all of Maine’s public workers. Read our testimony in support of LD 1959 here.


 

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Detail of the danger sign posted on an entrance to Camp Keyes, Augusta, as seen Jan. 9, 2020.

At our request, Representative Harnett is sponsoring LD 1969, An Act to Protect State Workers from Exposure to Carcinogens. The Committee on State and Local Government will hold a hearing on LD 1969 at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 in Cross Office Building Room 214. LD 1969 would identify and catalog problem buildings and related testing. It would create new standards relating to contaminant levels and improve testing requirements. It would improve the ability of workers to raise and resolve safety concerns. Story.


 

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After working over 20 years for Maine DOT, former MSEA-SEIU member Randy Bodge was denied disability retirement from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System even though he provided documentation of his stage-four cancer diagnosis in 2013. He’s supporting LD 1978 reforming the disability-retirement process. The Committee on Labor and Housing will hold a hearing on LD 1978 at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in Cross Office Building Room 202. Story.


 

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Retiree COLA protected: LD 1104, the legislation protecting the MainePERS retiree cost of living adjustment (COLA), has become law. Sponsored by Representative Michelle Dunphy, LD 1104 protects the retiree COLA in statute. This victory, won by hundreds of MSEA-SEIU members and allies who spoke with their legislators and the Governor, will go a long way toward helping current and future retirees keep up with the cost of living. Please thank the legislative leaders instrumental in making LD 1104 become law. Email them using this link. Click here for the full story on our two retirement-security victories and info on the three retirement-security proposals we’re supporting this short legislative session.


 

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Congressman Jared Golden, second from left with retiree members, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are cosponsoring the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act. Story.


 

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Attention Members! The MSEA-SEIU Retirees Steering Committee will present the 8th Annual MSEA-SEIU Lifetime Achievement Award to a retiree member during our 33rd Annual MSEA-SEIU Retirees Day on Tuesday, May 26, at Augusta Civic Center. Anyone can nominate a retiree member of our union for this award; here’s the nomination form. Print it out, complete it and send it in. Deadline for nominations: April 17.


Members at Green Valley Association ratify new contract

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Congratulations to MSEA-SEIU members at Green Valley Association on ratifying their new contract. It provides a path to enhance recruitment by improving scheduling and committing to two pay raises this year.


 

Check out our 2019 Legislative Scorecard for the 129th Maine Legislature shown below to see whether your State Senator and State Rep voted for or against MSEA and workers on key issues we tracked.

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Updated: April 1, 2020 — 10:08 AM