State Employees Identify Barriers to Providing Quality Public Services

Over 1,000 state workers identify barriers to delivering quality services

Heavy workloads, staff turnover, understaffing, inadequate equipment and training, job stress and overall lack of resources are among the problems, survey shows

In a comprehensive survey, over 1,000 State of Maine workers identified understaffing, staff turnover, inadequate equipment and training, stress, lack of resources and concerns about their ability to support themselves and their families as barriers to the quality public services they provide to Maine people.

The Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, conducted the survey of both union members and nonunion members employed in all State of Maine Executive Branch departments. Eighty-three percent of respondents identified problems in recruiting and retaining staff due to pay or other departmental problems. Sixty-three percent said their worksites or offices are insufficiently staffed. Full story here. Detailed survey results here.

Ginette Rivard elected as Retiree Alternate Director

Dear MSEA-SEIU Members,

In a mailed-ballot election, MSEA-SEIU retiree delegates and retiree chapter presidents elected MSEA-SEIU past president and MSEA-SEIU Aroostook County Retirees Chapter President Ginette Rivard as a Retiree Alternate Director to the MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors. A resident of Caribou and chair of the MSEA-SEIU Retirees Steering Committee, Ginette was elected to the Retiree Alternate Director’s seat that Bob Ruhlin held prior to his election as a Retiree Director. Please join me in congratulating Ginette on her election!

In Solidarity,
Ramona Welton, President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989


Governor Janet Mills

 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.

Updated: February 13, 2019 — 11:32 am
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