Stories about Maine State Employees Association


Experts: LePage justified in declaring civil emergency

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 10, 2013, at 2:01 p.m.
LePage said his central motivation for proclaiming a civil emergency was to protect the 2,700 state employees whose salaries are supported by federal dollars.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage, Maine state employees union reach contract agreement that includes raises

By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal on July 03, 2013, at 10:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA — After more than two years of bargaining, a contract agreement has been reached between Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine State Employees Association. Some items are out but raises are in. If members of MSEA ratify the agreement, the new contract will be effective through June 30, 2015. …

Maine State Employees Association uses finance chief’s statements to push for raises

By Christopher Cousins on March 05, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s largest public employee union Tuesday called on the state’s finance commissioner to follow his own advice and negotiate higher pay for state workers. Maine State Employees Association has started a lobbying campaign highlighting comments made last week by Sawin Millett, the state’s finance chief, to make …

Federal judge grants class action status to state retirees’ lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit filed by Maine retirees over the elimination in 2011 of cost-of-living adjustments for Maine state employee retirement benefits. The ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge George Singal, clears the way for about 28,000 retired teachers, …
Gov. Paul LePage (right) speaks to a crowd at Nokomis High School in Newport during a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt looks on.

LePage stirs ruckus after calling state workers ‘corrupt’

By Eric Russell on April 27, 2012, at 1:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It’s no big secret that Gov. Paul LePage wants to shrink state government, but he took that idea a step further on Thursday by maligning an entire block of state workers as “corrupt.” According to press accounts of the event, LePage was asked a question about fees …

Senate passes bill that repeals union rights of independent child care providers

By Eric Russell on April 05, 2012, at 5:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate approved a bill Thursday that removes an exemption in state law allowing independent, in-home child care providers to unionize and bargain collectively. The vote was mostly along party lines. Every Republican except Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta voted for the measure and independent Sen. …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage bill would end collective bargaining for child care businesses

By Eric Russell on March 27, 2012, at 11:20 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A late bill offered by Gov. Paul LePage would take away the ability of independent, in-home child care providers to unionize and engage in collective bargaining. During a public hearing Monday on LD 1894, the governor’s chief legal counsel, Dan Billings, said the bill’s goal is fairness. …

Waldo County classified employees lost union

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 23, 2011, at 7:22 p.m.
BELFAST | After months of contract negotiations between the Waldo County commissioners and the union that represents county clerks and secretaries, there is no contract — and no union. For unspecified reasons, the Maine State Employees Association dropped the 11 clerks and secretaries from its membership rolls last month. …

Maine labor leaders call 2011 ‘best of times, worst of times’

By Matt Wickenheiser on Sept. 04, 2011, at 8:08 p.m.
When Republicans took over the State House a year ago, organized labor in Maine was understandably nervous. In particular, the new governor, Paul LePage, had made it clear on the campaign trail that his ideology and priorities didn’t exactly align with those of unions — and labor leaders expected the …

Saving taxpayer money at center of contract negotiations

By John McGough on June 27, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
The state of Maine and the Maine State Employees Association, or MSEA, the private union representing many state employees, are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements for those expiring on June 30, 2011. While the state budget negotiations have been on the front page of our newspapers, these negotiations will also …

Study: Most state workers don’t make more than their private counterparts

By Douglas Rooks, Sun Journal on April 24, 2011, at 10:38 p.m.
While a conservative think tank was releasing figures last week that its leaders said show the cost of Maine’s public employees has risen faster than similar jobs in the private sector over the last 13 years, a major state study getting some traction after gathering dust for nearly two years …

Following state employees, teachers to protest LePage’s proposed cuts

The Associated Press on March 04, 2011, at 10:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine teachers are getting their turn to be heard as unionized public workers continue to raise concerns about Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal. The Maine State Employees Association has packed the State House for two days, culminating with a rally by 400 demonstrators on Thursday, …
Proponents of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to change the pension system gathered in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

LePage budget draws fire from state workers, retirees

By Kevin Miller on March 02, 2011, at 12:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Saying they are not to blame for Maine’s budget woes, state employees and retirees called upon lawmakers to reject proposed changes to Maine’s pension and retirement system during the first day of hearings on the LePage administration’s $6.1 billion spending plan. Wednesday’s crowded hearing before the Appropriations …
Dorothy Eaton (center) of Augusta talks with Cathy Green (left) of Winslow and Betty Wilkins (right) of Hallowell, all state workers, during a rally at the State House in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Union members upset with the  governor's  proposals to change the pension system gathered at the State House.

Union supporters, foes spar over LePage’s budget

The Associated Press on March 02, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Union members upset with Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s pension proposals faced off Wednesday with LePage supporters as the Appropriations Committee met in Augusta to begin examining the governor’s plan to fix the state’s retirement system. The committee heard from foes and fans of the governor’s proposal to change …

State workers union questions Maine Heritage Policy Center e-mail solicitation

The Associated Press on Feb. 25, 2011, at 2:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state employees union is questioning why a co-chairman of Gov. Paul LePage’s transition team sent e-mail solicitations to some state workers seeking contributions for the conservative think tank he heads. Chris Quint of the Maine State Employees Association said 10 employees have complained about a fundraising …

Contract talks to begin for Maine state workers

The Associated Press on Feb. 09, 2011, at 6 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Negotiations are set to begin soon on labor contracts for thousands of Maine state workers after the current agreements end June 30. The talks will start as lawmakers try to close a budget gap and repay debts to the state pension system — and also as a …