Representational Services Roundup as of Sept. 13
American Red Cross, Bangor
The union coalition representing 4,500 workers at the American Red Cross, including blood services workers in Bangor, reached a national tentative agreement Aug. 30 on a new contract.
The union members who traveled from across the country to represent their locals at bargaining sessions, and the solidarity demonstrated by the thousands of union members who wore buttons and shared photos made the difference in winning this agreement. Members of the bargaining team were successful in not allowing any takeaways, and made some important national gains, including:
- Cumulative across-the-board wage increases of more than 8 percent over three years.
- Significant wins on health care and benefits, including: no increases to out-of-pocket maximums or deductibles; improvements to life insurance and short-term disability; limits to the share of premiums paid by employees; an ability for employees with other qualified insurance to opt-out; and more
Standard-setting health and safety protection for members, providing a way to address current or new workplace changes that impact worker safety.
- Agreement from Red Cross to engage in collaborative processes with us nationally throughout this contract on some key issues like guaranteed hours and late-end times at fixed sites.
Child Development Services
MSEA-SEIU members who work for Child Development Services are gearing up for contract bargaining. Members recently held meetings in every work location and spoke up on how to better improve services and ensure quality jobs. They completed a worksite survey and are compiling the results.
Executive Branch of Maine State Government
Building strength for a fair contract in 2019 starts this fall. 2019 is just around the corner and we need to be ready.
In the coming weeks, MSEA-SEIU members will be joining together to identify key issues for the next contract negotiations and to take action on worksite concerns now. Please start thinking about issues and concerns in your department or worksite and be ready to fill out an issue survey in preparation for 2019 bargaining. For an online copy of your current contract, go to:
We will be building networks of coworkers throughout the state to help keep people informed, gather input and take action together to support a fair contract. To join in, contact MSEA-SEIU Director of Organizing and Field Operations Angela MacWhinnie at: email@example.com
Green Valley Association, Patten
MSEA-SEIU members at Green Valley Association secured a wage increase of 4.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018, and an additional 5 percent wage increase effective Jan. 1, 2019, following the conclusion of wage-reopener negotiations for the second year of their collective bargaining agreement. In addition, the workers will receive an increase in their quarterly bonus.
Maine Public Employees Retirement System Administrative Services and Professional and Technical Services Bargaining Units
Union Negotiating Team members will begin contract bargaining with management later this month. After identifying core issues through a survey of coworkers, union team members built a contract campaign to build unity and secure fair contracts.
Treats Falls House, Orono
MSEA-SEIU members at Treats Falls House are gearing up for contract bargaining for a successor contract to the one expiring in October. Members are identifying core issues through a membership survey.