MSEA Member Forum with Governor Janet Mills — Address understaffing, workloads, healthcare, pay!
Nearly 200 MSEA-SEIU members and guests spoke directly with Governor Janet Mills on Feb. 20 about problems they’re experiencing in delivering quality services to Maine people. From wages to DHHS staffing to rising healthcare costs to retirement insecurity, members asked the Governor to work with them in finding solutions.
So went our first MSEA Member Forum with Governor Mills. In a packed room at the Augusta Civic Center, the Governor spent an hour answering some of the over 70 questions members submitted. Asked about the recruitment and retention problem in State government, the Governor acknowledged the problem and said she wants to work with State workers on solutions. She mentioned, as an example, making childcare more affordable and accessible for State workers. She noted contract bargaining starts Feb. 25 and that pending legislation calls for a comprehensive study of the Executive Branch compensation system. The Governor said her administration is filling vacancies, including 95 jobs just posted at DHHS. She mentioned hiring under way at the Department of Education.