Senator King with retiree member Bruce Hall

MSEA-SEIU retiree member Bruce Hall, at right, greets Senator Angus King at our 29th Annual MSEA-SEIU Retirees Day. At left is Edie Smith, a staff representative of Senator King.

On May 9, over 175 retiree members and guests rallied at the Augusta Civic Center for our 29th Annual MSEA-SEIU Retirees Day. Together, they mobilized to make sure the voice of retirees is heard at the state and national levels in the November 8 elections. Full story.

NNEC Train the Trainer Participants

Northern New England Council trains unionists in facilitation skills

Eighteen unionists from Maine and New Hampshire gathered May 5-7 in North Conway, New Hampshire, to strengthen their facilitation skills through a program presented by the Northern New England Council of the Service Employees International Union.

During the 2016 NNEC Train the Trainer Program, the unionists worked on their facilitation techniques in presenting a range of material important to working families and retirees. The unionists will take these skills back to their worksites, unions, chapters and communities to foster informed discussions in support of their local union’s organizational objectives.

The Northern New England Council of SEIU is made up of the following unions: SEIU Local 560, representing the building and property services workers at Dartmouth College and at the Hanover Inn, both in Hanover, New Hampshire; the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984; and the Maine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989.

SEIU Local 560 participants included SEIU Local 560 President Christopher Peck, SEIU Local 560 Treasurer Susan Russell and SEIU Local 560 members Matthew Perry, Glen Tremblay, Cody Cantlin and Bill Shippen

Participants included SEIU Local 1984 members Jim Nall, Heather Fairchild and Judith Brideau.

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 participants included MSEA-SEIU members Nickole Wesley, Shawn Kelley, David Projansky, Cynthia Oakes, Laurie Doucette and Miranda Wilson and MSEA-SEIU Vice President Dean Staffieri.

NNEC Train the Trainer Program facilitators included MSEA-SEIU Adjunct Faculty Chapter member Jim Chapman, SEIU Local 560 member Peter Marsh, SEIU representative Martie Voland, MSEA-SEIU Executive Director Rod Hiltz, MSEA-SEIU Finance Administrator Shelly Page and MSEA-SEIU Communications and Training Coordinator Tom Farkas.

Bill Deering at picnic

At our 29th Annual MSEA-SEIU Retirees Day, members of our Retirees Steering Committee presented retiree member Bill Deering with our 2016 MSEA-SEIU Lifetime Achievement Award. Members of his retiree chapter, the Eastern Maine Retirees, nominated Bill for the award. Full story.

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Another update: Victory for Ferry Service workers, islanders

At our urging, the Maine Legislature on Friday, April 29, overrode the Governor’s veto of LD 1468, the emergency legislation helping workers for the Maine State Ferry Service and the island communities they serve. Thanks go to our ferry service captains, crews, shore crews and everyone else who called their legislators in support of LD 1468.

State of Maine Executive Branch OM&S bargaining update —

We secured a tentative agreement; informational meetings scheduled

Dear MSEA-SEIU Members of Our OM&S Bargaining Unit,

On Friday, April 29, we reached a tentative contractual agreement with management on a new contract for workers in the Operations, Maintenance and Support Services Bargaining Unit. A membership ratification vote is under way.

Completed ballots must be received at MSEA-SEIU headquarters no later than 5 p.m. May 31.  MSEA-SEIU members will count the ballots immediately thereafter. You are welcome to come and observe.

We invite MSEA-SEIU members in the State of Maine OM&S Bargaining Unit to attend one of the informational meetings we have scheduled and listed below. We will hold two meetings at each location. The first meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. and the second meeting will start at 6 p.m. These meetings are for MSEA-SEIU members only to discuss the tentative agreement:

  • Monday, May 16: PRESQUE ISLE: The garage behind the Maine DOT Northern Region (Region 5) Office, 41 Rice St., Presque Isle 04769
  • Tuesday, May 17: BANGOR: The Maine DOT Eastern Region (Region 4) Blue Building, 219 Hogan Road, Bangor 04401
  • Wednesday, May 18: DIXFIELD: The garage behind the Maine DOT Western Region (Region 3) Office, 547 Main St., Dixfield 04224
  • Thursday, May 19: AUGUSTA: Augusta Civic Center’s Hancock Room, first floor. Enter the Civic Center through main entrance, turn right past the stairway and the Hancock Room is the first door on your left.
  • Monday, May 23: SCARBOROUGH: The garage behind the Maine DOT Southern Region (Region 1) Office, 51 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough 04070-0358

Victory for Riverview and Dorothea Dix workers

At our urging, the Maine Legislature on Friday, April 29, overrode the Governor’s veto of LD 1645, the emergency legislation helping workers at Riverview Psychiatric Center and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, and the people they serve. LD 1645 is now law. Thanks go to all of you who took the time over the past few months to speak with your state senator and state representative in support of LD 1645.

Updated: May 12, 2016 — 12:54 pm
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