Resolutions for 2018 MSEA-SEIU Annual Meeting

TOPIC: ANNUAL OPERATING RESERVE REQUEST
NO. 18-01
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: ANNUAL OPERATING RESERVE REQUEST
SUBMITTED BY: MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 Finance Committee and MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 Board of
Directors
WHEREAS: the majority of the MSEA/SEIU Local 1989 members are employed by the State of Maine, and
WHEREAS, the budget for the State of Maine remains uncertain, and
WHEREAS, the budget for MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 is based on a fixed number of members who pay dues and non-members who pay an agency fee, and
WHEREAS, MSEA/SEIU Local 1989 membership has dropped significantly in recent years due to cuts in the State of Maine budget,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the 75th Annual Council allow the Board to take up to $40,000 out of the operating reserve, if needed, if revenue proves insufficient to continue to meet MSEA-SEIU Local 1989’s financial obligations.
FISCAL NOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION: $40,000 moved from reserve operating account to operating checking account.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: ORGANIZATIONAL NAME CHANGE
No. 18-02
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: ORGANIZATIONAL NAME CHANGE
SUBMITTED BY MSEA Board of Directors
WHEREAS, the Maine State Employees Association was organized on March 18, 1943 to represent the best interests of the State Employees in dealing with the Governor and the Legislature, and
WHEREAS, with the advent of Collective Bargaining for State Employees in 1974, other non-State employees groups recognized the value of a strong Organization to represent them in the Bargaining process as well and decided to join the Maine State Employees Association, and
WHEREAS, the Organization now represents many groups that provide services to their constituents but are not actually/considered as State Employees, and
WHEREAS, the current organizational name does not address the changing climate of inclusivity of all the contracts represented, and
WHEREAS, the future of our Union and all of organized labor depends on best representing who we are as an organization and our anticipated growth beyond our current large pool of varied members in groups that are not State Employees,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Maine State Employees Association/SEIU LOCAL 1989 Constitution be amended to read as follows:
MAINE SERVICE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
65 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-5126
CONSTITUTION OF THE MAINE SERVICE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
ARTICLE 1 -NAME
The Corporate name of the organization as filed with the Corporate Division of the Secretary of State is the “Maine Service State Employees Association”, hereinafter referred to as “the Association” or “MSEA”.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: MSEA MEMBERSHIP
NO. 18-03
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: MSEA MEMBERSHIP
SUBMITTED BY: Retirees Steering Committee, MSEA Board of Directors
WHEREAS, MSEA’s goal continues to be to improve all of the working conditions for all workers providing services to their respective constituents, and
WHEREAS, MSEA’s goal should be to continue to be inclusive and to extend the opportunity of membership in MSEA to those who have or share a common interest with MSEA,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP, subsections 2.2 and 2.3 be amended to read as follows:
2.2 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Are those dues paying members who are actively employed or formerly employed as described in Section 2.1 through 2.12 and who are excluded from coverage under the State Employees, Court Employees, Municipal Employees, University Employees, Legislative Employees, or any other Labor Relations Acts.
a. They shall not have voting privileges
b. They shall not belong to a Chapter
c. They shall not hold office in the Association
1.3 RETIREE MEMBERS: Are those dues paying members and dues-paying surviving spouse or significant other of retirees who are retired from employment as described in Section 2, subsection 2.1 and 2.11 or those retirees who receive retirement benefits through the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It shall also include those Retiree dues-paying individuals who were employed under any other public sector retirement system including but not limited to the Federal government, States other than Maine, Counties and Municipalities, Retiree dues-paying private sector retired employees who performed the same or similar jobs to those performed by active members, or those retirees who retire from MSEA with at least ten (10) years service as an MSEA employee. Those retiree members and surviving spouses or significant others of a retiree member who have attained the age of 85 will may, at their request, have their dues suspended for life.
2.31 & 2.32 Language would remain as current language.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: RETIREE MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL PUBLIC SECTOR RETIREES
NO. 18-04
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: RETIREE MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL PUBLIC SECTOR RETIREES
SUBMITTED BY: Retirees Steering Committee
WHEREAS, under Section 2.3, eligibility for retiree membership is limited to former Active Members or those retirees receiving retirement benefits through the Maine Public Employees Retirement System,
WHEREAS, MSEA recognizes that retirees receiving benefits from other public sector retirement systems share a community of interest with MSEA and may wish to join MSEA as retiree members,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that SECTION 2, 2.3 be amended to read as follows:
1.3 RETIREE MEMBERS: Are those dues-paying members and dues-paying surviving spouse or significant other of retirees who are retired from employment as described in Section 2, subsection 2.1 and 2.2, or are those retirees who receive retirement benefits through the Maine Public Employees Retirement System or any other public sector retirement system, including but not limited to the Federal government, states other than Maine, Counties and Municipalities. Those retiree members and surviving spouse or significant other of a retiree member who has attained the age of 85 will may, at their request, have their dues suspended for life.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: RETIREE MEMBERSHIP FOR RETIRED MSEA STAFF
NO. 18-05
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: RETIREE MEMBERSHIP FOR RETIRED MSEA STAFF
SUBMITTED BY: Retirees Steering Committee
WHEREAS, under the current Bylaws, retired MSEA staff are not eligible to become retiree members of MSEA,
WHEREAS, MSEA recognizes the institutional knowledge and experience of our dedicated staff, and wishes to open retiree membership to individuals with sufficient service within MSEA,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that SECTION 2, 2.3 be amended to read as follows:
1.3 RETIREE MEMBERS: Are those dues-paying members and dues-paying surviving spouse or significant other of retirees who are retired from employment as described in Section 2, subsection 2.1 and 2.2, or are those retirees who receive retirement benefits through the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, or are those retirees who retire from MSEA with at least ten (10) years service as an MSEA employee. Those retiree members and surviving spouse or significant other of a retiree member who has attained the age of 85 will may, at their request, have their dues suspended for life.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: MSEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
No. 18-06
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: MSEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SUBMITTED BY: MSEA Board of Directors
WHEREAS, the Resolution passed at the 2017 Annual Meeting that dealt with the make-up of the Executive Committee was made confusing by missing punctuation, and
WHEREAS, the language needs to be clarified, and
WHEREAS, there needs to be a clear method to deal with replacing those elected when/if they become ineligible to continue to serve out the remainder of their term,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the current language in the MSEA By-Laws be modified to read as follows:
SECTION 1: DEFINITIONS, Subsection 1.11, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – Means the elected officers of the Association(President. Vice President), one (1) Director from each Area (I, II, III) and allowing the respective Area Caucus to replace the Director as needed by notifying the Area Delegates, one (1) Retiree Director elected at the previously held Annual Meeting by the respective Caucus Delegates or, if necessary, replaced by a mail ballot after notification to the Delegates of a vacancy, and the Executive Director as an Ex-officio non voting member. The original elected Director(s) shall take office on January 1 of each year following the election.
RESOLUTION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: DELEGATE NOTIFICATION
No. 18-07
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: DELEGATE NOTIFICATION
SUBMITTED BY: MSEA Board of Directors
WHEREAS, the Resolution passed at the 2017 Annual Meeting that changed the method of calculating the number of delegates and alternates for the next calendar included a specific timeframe from which to pull the membership counts,
WHEREAS, the date specified to perform the data pull is unnecessary,
WHEREAS, elections are held between September 1 and December 1,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that Section 9, 9.11 be modified to read as follows:
9.11 The number of delegates and alternates that each chapter/local shall elect for the next calendar year shall be based upon an average of the membership count for the period of July 1 of the previous year to June 30 of the current year done from the MSEA database on July 15 of the current year. The chapters/locals shall be notified of the number of delegates to be elected for the next calendar year no later than September 1 August 31 of the current year.
RESOLUTION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: PERCENTAGE BASED DUES PILOT PROGRAMS/ORGANIZING CAMPAIGNS
NO. 18-08
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: PERCENTAGE BASED DUES PILOT PROGRAMS/ORGANIZING CAMPAIGNS
SUBMITTED BY: Graduated Dues Study and Organizational Review Committees
WHEREAS, Resolution 17-10 as passed by the Council at the 2017 Annual Meeting created the Graduated Dues Study Committee to study the feasibility of graduated dues for all active members and report back to the Council at the 2018 Annual Meeting;
WHEREAS, the Graduated Dues Study Committee in its report to the Council at the 2018 Annual Meeting found that while it was not feasible to implement graduated dues at this time for all active members, a percentage based dues pilot program for certain bargaining units would be feasible and could be beneficial to future organizing campaigns for those bargaining units;
WHEREAS, the current language in the By-Laws does not allow for a percentage based dues structure for any bargaining unit other than the percentages for part-time workers, and the adjunct faculty at the Maine Community College System;
WHEREAS, it is within the power of the MSEA Board of Directors to carry out the programs and policies of MSEA and administer the approved budget;
WHEREAS, the MSEA Board of Directors would have the opportunity and responsibility to ensure any percentage based dues pilot program or organizing campaign would be fiscally responsible;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP, subsection 2.12 be amended as follows:
2.12 Dues for all active members shall be 100% of regular dues except as follows:
a. Dues for employees in a newly organized bargaining unit shall be set at the amount equal to retiree dues until the unit ratifies its first contract.
b. Dues for part-time employees who are not covered by the remainder of this section and are regularly scheduled to work more than 16 and up to 32 hours per week shall be set at 60% of regular dues. Dues for part-time employees who are not covered by the remainder of this section and are regularly scheduled to work 16 hours per week or less shall be set at 30% of regular dues.
c. Dues for adjunct faculty at the Maine Community College System shall be based on a percentage of earnings for each pay period for which they receive compensation. A set percentage amount of 2.4% will be assessed to each weekly equivalent paycheck received by an adjunct faculty at the Maine Community College System during any semester where compensation is received.
d. Dues may also be based on a percentage of earnings on a temporary basis for one or more bargaining units for specific pilot programs or organizing campaigns, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP, subsection 2.7 be amended as follows:
2.7 MSEA DUES: The amount of regular dues shall be established by the vote of the delegates at the Annual Meeting of the Council/ Convention to approve a budget. Dues shall be payable, whether annually or monthly, in advance or through payroll deduction. All chapters/locals shall be notified at least thirty (30) days prior to any vote on a proposed regular dues change. MSEA retiree monthly membership dues shall be increased by the same percentage as the annual adjustment received by retirees, as determined by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, rounded up to the nearest 5¢ per month. Retiree dues shall also be increased to meet per capita affiliation costs paid to SEIU and/or other affiliated groups, in part or in whole. The annual Retiree increase for SEIU and/or other affiliated groups per capita affiliation costs shall not exceed twenty (20) cents per month. In addition, Retirees may recommend to the Board of Directors a general increase in Retiree dues over and above those already mentioned above by a majority vote of those present and voting at a Retiree’s Steering Committee meeting. Such recommendations shall not exceed twenty (20) cents per month. All Retiree chapters/locals shall be notified at least thirty (30) days prior to any vote on a proposed dues increase.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: No recommendation


TOPIC: STAFF APPRECIATION
NO. 18-09
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: STAFF APPRECIATION
SUBMITTED BY: MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 Board of Directors
WHEREAS, The Staff of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 is dedicated to serving the membership of our Union, and
WHEREAS, They perform at the highest levels of efficiency and professionalism, and
WHEREAS, Their service to our membership contributes to achieving the goals of our Union,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: This 75th Annual Council expresses gratitude and appreciation for the hard work, dedication, professionalism and long hours that the Staff of MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 provides to our members.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass


TOPIC: ACTIVIST APPRECIATION
NO. 18-10
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION/SEIU LOCAL 1989
RESOLUTION
TOPIC: ACTIVIST APPRECIATION
SUBMITTED BY: MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 Board of Directors
WHEREAS, The membership of our Union is geographically spread out in all 16 counties, and
WHEREAS, Our Union is a member driven, member run organization, and
WHEREAS, Members depend on their stewards, worksite leaders, Board of Directors, committee members, political activists, bargaining team members and other activists to lead the way,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That this 75th Annual Council of the MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 expresses our gratitude for the countless hours that our brothers and sisters have devoted in pursuit of the goals of our Union.
RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Ought to pass

Updated: October 24, 2018 — 3:01 pm