Supporting our brothers and sisters in North Carolina
Our SEIU sisters and brothers in North Carolina are dealing with the impact of devastating flooding from Hurricane Florence. Let’s use the power of our two-million member international union, SEIU, to provide support and provide relief to the families of SEANC and Workers United Southern Joint Board members, as well as the state’s Fight for $15 activists.
MSEA-SEIU members can contribute to SEIU’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will focus on providing relief to SEIU members and working people most impacted by the storm. Click here to make a contribution. Contributions aren’t tax deductible.
Let’s show our SEIU family in North Carolina the power of being united in a strong union.
Because of the efforts of Maine Office of Child and Family Services caseworkers who shared their experiences from the frontlines, state legislators on Aug. 30 passed LD 1923 adding 16 caseworker positions, eight case aide positions and 16 supervisor positions to the Maine OCFS workforce. To help with recruitment and retention, LD 1923 includes a $5 per hour stipend for Child Protective Services Caseworker positions and Child Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions and a $1 per hour stipend for workers in those classifications holding or obtaining a relevant master’s degree. LD 1923 and related legislation are now law. We have reached out to the administration on implementation. More info here.
On Aug. 15, we released a 10-point list of recommendations to strengthen and improve child and family services in Maine. The recommendations include reducing caseloads to the national standard, hiring additional support staff allowing caseworkers to focus more on their cases, cutting down on duplicative paperwork, and providing the workers with technology that adequately documents the level of risk in every instance. The recommendations follow our survey of the approximately 350 caseworkers and case aides. See full story. See survey results; see our recommendations.
“Thanks to MSEA-SEIU Retiree Member Mary Ouellette and many of you, eligible retirees next month are getting a cost-of-living adjustment to their public employee pensions. Mary and you have seen, and continue to see, the effectiveness of political advocacy by contributing to Political Action by Services Employees and Retirees (PASER), our member-driven political action program.”
–MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton and MSEA-SEIU PASER Chair Jane Gilbert
“When you call 911 you expect to get a response on the line in very short order. Our fear is these kinds of staffing levels are insufficient for the people of Maine. It’s a big stressor for employees, they fear there could be a bad outcome.”
“If you’re in distress, you know there’s not a moment to lose. It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of the general public or you’re a first responder in need of support. They need to know that in short order they’re going to be able to get somebody on the line that can help.”
Announce your candidacy for the 2019 MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors. You will be elected by fellow members who are delegates to the Annual Meeting on October 26 and 27. Delegates will elect 10 (ten) MSEA-SEIU members to serve on our union’s Board of Directors: two directors each from Areas I, II, and III, plus two Retiree Directors and two Alternate Directors.
You can be involved in setting the direction of your union representing your fellow union members when you serve on the MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors. To announce your candidacy, please submit a candidate statement and photo for publication in the next Maine Stater. Click here for a link to a poster for your union bulletin board.
Seventy five years ago, on March 18, 1943, about 200 state workers converged on the State House around a common purpose. As public servants, they knew they needed a voice in their jobs and in their pay, benefits and working conditions. They formed the Maine State Employees Association and began advocating for each other and the work they do. Read President Welton’s column here.