It’s time for a Compensation Study

Feb. 25, 2019

Dear MSEA-SEIU Member,

The State of Maine’s wage compensation system for Executive Branch employees has never been updated in a comprehensive, meaningful way since its implementation in the 1970s. It needs to be brought into the 21st century, in line with market wages, in order for the State of Maine to recruit and retain qualified employees.

We are supporting legislation titled Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees. Introduced by Senate President Troy Jackson and currently known as LR 1585, this legislation would authorize and fund a comprehensive study of the State of Maine’s Executive Branch compensation system. The study would examine pay scales, ranges and job classifications to ensure the State remains competitive with other employers and to ensure workers are compensated for the work they are actually doing rather than what’s merely listed in their job descriptions. We expect the study would take a year to complete. Once completed, the study would become the subject of collective bargaining in the Executive Branch.

TAKE ACTION: Help build awareness and support for a Compensation Study by registering for Labor Lobby Day on Thursday, March 14, at the State House. Together, let’s tell the Legislature in order to recruit and retain qualified workers, the State of Maine needs a 21st century compensation system.

In Solidarity,

Ramona Welton
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

Updated: February 25, 2019 — 2:56 pm