Maine state workers sue over pay

Posted Sept. 17, 2009, at 2:26 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine’s largest state workers’ union says it will sue the state over a budget-balancing provision that freezes their longevity pay.

The Maine State Employees Association plans a news conference Friday to give details of its lawsuit. The MSEA’s complaint is now under review by the state Human Rights Commission and it was not yet determined Thursday whether the suit will be filed in state or federal court.

Attorney Jeff Young says it cites age discrimination and a violation of the Maine Constitution’s equal-protection clause.

The union says state employees have been entitled to longevity raises after 15 years of service and then at intervals through 25 years of service. It says employees receiving longevity pay will lose between $1,000 and $2,000 annually.

A message left with the attorney general’s office was not immediately returned.

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