Head of state workers’ union steps down

Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 2:54 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The executive director of the Maine State Employees Association is leaving after two decades of service.

Tim Belcher tells WMTW-TV that it’s an amicable separation. He says he feels it was time to go, and he feels the union is in good hands.

It’s been a tough year for state workers. This summer marked the beginning of 20 shutdown days aimed at saving $14 million in state expenses approved in the latest two-year budget. The budget also froze merit and longevity pay, and required state workers to begin contributing toward their health insurance.

Coming in November is a vote on the so-called TABOR II plan that’s opposed by the union. Belcher said, “We’re in a good position to defeat the referendum.”

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