MainePERS members in Administrative & Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Units make gains in pay, childcare

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Feb. 21, 2019

MSEA-SEIU members in the Administrative and Professional-Technical Services bargaining units at the Maine Public Employees Retirement System last month ratified new two-year contracts providing pay raises totaling 8.5 percent over the terms of the contracts.

The new contracts provide a 3 percent pay raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019; a pay raise of 4 percent through adding/dropping a step in all classifications within the Administrative and Professional-Technical Services bargaining units on July 1, 2019; and a 1.5 percent pay raise on Jan. 1, 2020. The new contracts run from Nov. 1, 2018, through Oct. 31, 2020.

Members also secured gains in their child-care reimbursement language in response to the rising cost of childcare and the need to strengthen the recruitment and retention of qualified employees. Under the former contracts, only those MainePERS employees earning less than $35,000 annually were eligible for childcare reimbursement, and that reimbursement amount was capped at $1,200 per calendar year. Under the new contracts, the childcare reimbursement increased from $1,200 to $1,800 per calendar year, and that reimbursement now applies to MainePERS employees earning less than $45,000. In addition, the contracts include a second childcare reimbursement range of up to $1,500 per calendar year for MainePERS employees earning between $45,000 and $55,000.

The contracts also increase VDT reimbursements from $400 to $500 biannually and change the time frame to the calendar year. The wellness reimbursement increased from $250 to $350.

MSEA-SEIU members serving on the bargaining team included Nicole Cote, Jonna Knox and Jeff Beal from the Administrative Services Bargaining Unit and Christina Chaput and Kimberly Bumford from the Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit. MSEA-SEIU Field Representative Robin Upton-Sukeforth served as the team’s chief negotiator.

Updated: February 26, 2019 — 9:15 am