Have a safe and joyous holiday season
MSEA-SEIU members have a long history of community service year-round, including the holidays. Over the past few weeks, members of the Capitol Western Chapter held a food drive for the Augusta Food Bank. Members of our Area II chapters held their annual Children’s Holiday Party on Dec. 3. Our members consistently support scores of community organizations through giving, such as the Androscoggin Valley Retirees Chapter’s annual collection for Safe Voices. Our union is proud to provide financial support to Food AND Medicine’s Annual Solidarity Harvest, which this year provided over 1,3000 Thanksgiving dinner baskets to struggling Mainers. From Retiree Member Loren Snow to working Member Tamra Keaton, many MSEA-SEIU members volunteer with the Solidarity Harvest. All of these actions speaks to the kindness and caring of every one of you, and for that I am grateful. Have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Ramona Welton, President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
Every year, since 1990, at their annual meeting, MSEA-SEIU members of the Androscoggin Valley Retirees Chapter have donated nonperishable food items and unwrapped toys for children, all of which are donated to Safe Voices, the local domestic violence advocacy group. From left to right: Carolyn Helwig, Monique Gendron, Luanne Cronin, Donald LeBranche, Maurice Dionne, Cindy Boyd, Elaine Thibodeau, Ben Conant, Ray Heathco, Patricia McKeown, Penny Whitney-Asdourian and Janice Gilbert.
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.
RIP, Maine Turnpike Authority Chapter Member Steve Grondin
Our sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers of MSEA-SEIU Maine Turnpike Authority Chapter Member Steve Grondin, who died November 26. Read his obituary here.
MSEA-SEIU members show their solidarity with Governor-elect and MSEA-SEIU-endorsed Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
Dear MSEA-SEIU Member,
What a great election November 6! Together, you and your fellow MSEA-SEIU members used the power of the ballot box to send a loud and clear message: It’s time for a government that works for all of us. Up and down the ballot, MSEA-SEIU-endorsed candidates had a banner day.
Congratulations to Governor-elect and MSEA-SEIU-endorsed Maine Attorney General Janet Mills on her hard-fought and resounding victory. We welcome Governor-elect Mills to the governorship. She understands the importance of frontline workers having a voice in decision-making. From plow drivers to child-protective workers to emergency communications dispatchers to public health nurses to the workers in the state’s prisons and psychiatric hospitals, MSEA-SEIU members look forward to working with Governor-elect Mills to deliver the quality services Maine people count on.
Mainers also elected a majority of pro-worker candidates to both the Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives.
Congratulations also to MSEA-SEIU-endorsed Congressman-elect Jared Golden, and to MSEA-SEIU-endorsed Senator Angus King and MSEA-SEIU-endorsed Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on their reelection.
Most importantly, congratulations to you for taking your responsibility as a Maine voter so seriously. Many of you knocked on doors, made phone calls and got out the vote for our endorsed candidates. Together, we made the voice of Maine workers and retirees heard. Now let’s restore dignity to public service.
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989
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.
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.