Delegates to elect our union leaders, vote on budget, dues rate, resolutions
Elected MSEA-SEIU delegates will converge Oct. 14-15 at the Samoset in Rockport for our 2022 Annual Meeting.
PROPOSED 2023 MSEA-SEIU GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET
On the recommendation of members of our Finance Committee, the MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors has proposed a 2023 MSEA-SEIU General Operating Budget that meets the needs of our union.
In compiling the proposed budget, Finance Committee members said they were focused on maintaining services amid rising costs, adapting the budget to hybrid work and meetings, and continuing to build our reserves. The proposed budget calls for a $1 dues increase for working members and a 25-cents dues increase for retiree members. It utilizes reserves that accumulated more quickly than expected and cuts back on discretionary costs.
In preparing the proposed budget, the Finance Committee achieved budget savings in a number of areas. The number of pages in future Maine Staters were reduced. Cuts were made to our budget lines for arbitration and negotiations, professional development and promotional items. Hardware replacements were delayed. Our planned affiliation per capita dues to the Maine AFL-CIO were reduced.
The proposed budget reflects several factors that have driven up costs for our union. From postage rate increases (periodical rates in 2022 increased 8.5% and first-class rates increased 3.4%) to a doubling in the cost of holding our Annual Meeting, the basic costs of running our union have increased across the board. High turnover in many of our largest bargaining units also is making it harder to maintain stable revenues.
The proposed budget also reflects increased costs associated with replacing our union headquarters, increased costs in technology such as servicing our new phone and fax systems along with licenses for remote-work technologies, and increased costs relating to contractual obligations to the MSEA-SEIU staff such as step increases and insurance costs.
Attend your Area caucus for more info on our proposed budget or to ask any questions: Area 1: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Maine DOT Blue Building, 219 Hogan Road, Bangor; Area 2: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, via Zoom (we emailed out the link); Area 3: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Maine DHHS office, 200 Main St., Lewiston.
All members running for election for MSEA-SEIU offices, boards or committees to be voted on by delegates at our Annual Meeting had the option of submitting a statement and photo for publication in this Stater. Submitted statements and photos are on Page 7. Per our Constitution and By-laws, the terms held by the following MSEA-SEIU members expire Dec. 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted:
- MSEA-SEIU Vice President: Cal Paquet.
- MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors: Area 1: Jeff Doyon and Miranda Wilson; Area 2: David Projansky and Kris Segars, and Alternate Director Robert Leighton; Area 3: JB Whipple and Rachel Sherman; Retiree Directors: Bob Ruhlin and Penny Whitney-Asdourian (Penny is termed out), and Alternate Director Ray Dzialo.
- Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA) Committee: Area 1: Rachel Murchison and Alternate James Kurtz: Area 2: Ramona Welton and Alternate Jessica Pomerleau; and Area 3: Cynthia Lizotte and Alternate Kaylene Godwin.
- Finance Committee: Jane L. Gilbert and Kevin Russell, 1st Alternate Joseph Allen, 2nd Alternate Debra Hayden, and the 3rd and 4th alternate seats are vacant.
Delegates will vote on the following resolutions, the text of which were printed in the Sept. 1, 2022, edition of our union’s newspaper, the Maine Stater:
— RESOLUTION TOPIC: Annual Operating Reserve Request
— RESOLUTION TOPIC: Annual Meeting & Officer Elections
— RESOLUTION TOPIC: Staff Appreciation
— RESOLUTION TOPIC: Member Appreciation