Bargaining news

Preble Street, Turnpike Authority, Maine People’s Alliance, Community College System, Corrections, Legislative Employees

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Our union negotiating team at Preble Street is determined to win a fair first contract.

Preble Street: Preble Street workers formed their union 2019 and voted by 90 percent to become officially recognized with MSEA-SEIU. The Preble Street negotiating team has been meeting with management since August to bargain a first contract and have made some big steps forward toward a fair contract, winning a grievance procedure, safety language including a safety committee, and other rights at work.  This month we begin bargaining economics and workers are turning up the heat with button and t-shirt days.  Check out MSEA-SEIU facebook @mseaseiu1989 for updates and alerts for support actions as we fight for a fair first contract!

Maine Turnpike Authority: Members of the Employees Unit and the Supervisors Unit at the Maine Turnpike Authority on December 18  overwhelmingly ratified a one-year contract extension. The extension provides for a 3 percent wage increase and a $500 signing bonus. The is good through Dec. 31, 2020.

Maine People’s Alliance: Since October, members on our bargaining team at Maine People’s Alliance have been negotiating with management for a new three-year contract. In bargaining surveys, they identified wages, canvasser safety, parental leave, compensation time, professional development, and parity between canvassers and other MPA staff. MSEA-SEIU members at MPA are determined to ensure their contract reflects the same values as their employer’s mission.

Community College Adjunct Faculty: The Adjunct Faculty bargaining team has been bargaining for a successor contract with the Maine Community College System for several months. While we have not yet reached a tentative agreement, we are making progress on issues related to geographical pay equity, seniority, and course limits.

Community College Supervisory Unit: Members of our Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit at the Maine Community College System on Jan. 3 reached a tentative agreement with management for a new two-year contract to succeed the one that expired June 30, 2019. The tentative agreement provides for a 3 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, 2019, and another 3 percent pay raise on July 1, 2020. It adds a longevity step of 75 cents an hour at 35 years. It provides for an increase in professional development funding from $850 to $1,250 per year and strengthens the tuition waiver by increasing the maximum age for eligible dependents from age 22 to age 24. It increases the boot allowance from $150 to $250 and increases the vacation accrual cap to 45 days for those with 15 or more years of service. In addition, for facilities supervisors who  work early or late for storms, the tentative agreement provides for a $125 stipend per storm for the first year of the contract retroactive to Dec. 1, 2019, and a $200 stipend per storm starting July 1, 2020.

Community College Support  Services Unit: Members of the Support Services Unit at the Maine Community College have ratified their tentative contractual agreement. It includes a 3-percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, 2019, and a 3 percent pay raise effective July 1, 2020. Effective July 1, 2020, the Support Unit’s minimum wage will be $14. The new contract significantly increases the amount and rate of vacation accruals to the following: 0-5 years, 15 days; 5-10 years, 20 days; and 10+ years, 25 days.

Maine Department of Corrections adult teachers and vocational trade instructors: The adult teachers and vocational trade instructors at the Maine Department of Corrections have secured long-overdue contractual language. These workers for years were caught between academic school year rules and regular workweek rules. With a memorandum of agreement effective Jan. 16, 2020, these workers gain retroactive longevity pay and holiday pay consistent with our Professional-Technical Services Bargaining Unit contract for the Executive Branch. Effective July 1, 2020, they will begin earning vacation hours consistent with the contract. Effective immediately, they are receiving two personal days per year that can be converted into vacation days.

Legislative Employees: Members of our Legislative Employees bargaining unit have ratified their new two-year contract. The new contract includes a 4% pay raise by adding/dropping a step effective Oct. 6, 2019; a 3% across-the-board pay raise in October 2020; a new 10-year longevity step at 20 cents an hour effective Oct. 1, 2019, and an increase in the 25-year longevity step to 60 cents per hour effective Oct. 1, 2020; an increase in vacation accrual for new employees; and paid parental leave: 14 calendar days of paid parental leave for all new parents upon birth or adoption.

Updated: January 16, 2020 — 9:15 AM