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Government virus warning!

*** VIRUS ALERT *** “The “Government Virus” has been found to be spreading. Courtesy of a conservative think tank, I interrupt this Blog to bring you a warning. You may think that losing your job, your home, running out of unemployment, and losing your health care are bad things. If you think these things are bad. You are at risk! You may already be a carrier! You need tax cuts!

The virus starts slowly. You start to feel a need to eat every day. You see your kids pants cuffs six inches above their ankles and your grow sad for no reason. Living in your car doesn’t feel good any longer. During the final stages you have insatiable cravings to own a home and have a job. The virus has started.

There is only one way to stop the infection. Tax Cuts! Don’t ask for any services from Government. This is how the virus spreads. Whenever possible avoid government immediately. Do not complain about a closed motor vehicle office. Don’t worry about not having State cops or elevator inspectors! Do not complain to your legislators about a lack of service! Learn self control.

Opening the door to the government virus will erase every penny from your wallet, drain your kids college fund and empty your change jar.

Asking for services from the State will reprogram the stripes on your credit and ATM cards, and make deposits to State programs that you don’t support like education even if you don’t have kids. Asking for government services on the web will let the government use subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD’s you attempt to play and erase your hard drive.

Contact with government will turn off your refrigerator so all your ice cream melts and your milk curdles, while doubling your electricity bill..
It will program your phone to text the Democratic National Committee with automatic donations.

Government will mix antifreeze into your fish tank and have the DEP fine you for throwing out the dead fish. Government will tax and then drink all your beer.
Government will leave Planned Parenthood booklets on the coffee table when you are expecting company.

Government will allow gays to have special rights which will immediately cause you to get a divorce, beat your spouse, give up on God and hate your kids.

Government will grow your ear hair into a pony tail.
Government will replace your shampoo with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine, all while sending your current boy/girlfriend pictures of any other “friends” you might have along with copies of your hotel bills.
Government changes all the pre-set buttons on your radio to NPR.

Government will give you diseases you can’t spell to sell you government health care. You could be break out in ugly “rationality” spots before you know it.
Government will send copies of your internet browsing history to your wife or husband and your employer….. With pictures.

If Government is not stopped it will it will leave the toilet seat up and leave your hair dryer plugged in next to a full bathtub. Government will let the dog onto the couch.

Government will replace your instant coffee with Latte mix.
Government will replace all your luncheon meat with Spam. It will replace all your Email with Spam.

It will molecularly rearrange your cologne or perfume, causing it to smell like Bill Clinton on a hot day, near an intern. All of your internet favorites will be changed to left wing Blogs.

An experimental cure is being tried but it is too early to judge the results. Some people are taking all their money, finding an unlocked Mercedes and stuffing all the cash in the car as a last ditch effort. Maybe there is hope.

The Government virus is insidious and subtle. It is dangerous and terrifying to behold. It is also a rather interesting shade of blue.

These are just a few signs of infection.

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February 23rd, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA contract, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, msea maine | no comments

A Bridge Between Dark Clouds


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State employees are facing “troubles on the left of them” and “troubles on the right” as their pay and benefits become a football and a distraction from a real solution for economic problems.

The good news is there is a middle ground between slashing State services and cutting State employee pay and benefits as demanded by some on the right. There is a way and State employees want to be part of the solution. They are not part of the problem.

The State budget released today will cut more State employees and reduce services to the public. Employees are concerned that there will be political attacks on State employees based only on publicity and not on sound fiscal planning. Will we be looking at more layoffs, furlough days, and a proposed tax hike that ONLY affects State employees?

State employees are all Mainers and all Mainers are facing the same thing. An economic collapse fueled by eight years of tax breaks for the rich and constant attacks on labor.

MSEASEIU 1989 members know that, more than ever, all Maine citizens must work together and work as a group. State employees are not a separate group from the public, we are their neighbors and their friends. We plow the roads, prosecute criminals, and we take the term “public service” seriously. Our message is that the attempt to balance the budget on State employee paychecks is only smoke and mirrors, the budget can not be balanced on the paychecks of State employees.

To get an eleven percent savings in the State budget you would need to layoff EVERY SINGLE State employee, cops, judges, nurses, plow drivers and fire inspectors.
All of them. No lottery tickets. No cops. No aid to schools. Do you want to be asked for your credit card when you call 911? A true Dick Cheney heaven.

State employees are at the mercy of the Governor and the legislature. No one knows what ideas the governor and the legislature may come up with next, and it is too soon to say what issues will be brought to contract negotiations by the State on several key issues, including increased health insurance costs. Both sides are expected to return to the table this coming week.

Meanwhile, the governor and legislative leaders continue to look for solutions to the state’s budget deficit that is now nearly a billion dollars with no short term relief in sight.

While the nearly $200 million expected in federal stimulus will help plug a piece of the state’s deficit, the governor and legislative leaders all say it is not a cure for our chronic budget problem. The federal stimulus package now moves to the Senate where debate over the size and focus of the aid money will rage on.

At home, State employees know where the waste is, we know where contracts send money out of State instead of sending it to Maine businesses. We want to save taxpayers money because we are taxpayers too.


The governor and legislators need to hear from you.

Send the governor and e-mail today using the sample letter or write your own. Don’t let them make decisions behind closed doors. We pay taxes, we vote, and we want to help.

Governor@Maine.Gov

Governor Baldacci I am a state employee working at ______________.

Cutting State Employee Health Care is a tax increase, and shutting down state government using furloughs or shut down days is unfair to the citizens of Maine and will not solve the budget crisis.

Closing government or reducing services to the public will do more harm than good to Maine. State employees have many suggestions for saving money and feel that the shutting down state agencies is unfair and necessary savings can be made without furloughs. We want to work with State government to save money for all Mainers. Our current contract negotiations are an opportunity for cooperation in place of conflict.

Shutting down state agencies won’t just harm State Employees, it will harm all Mainers who depend on vital services provided by State employees. You say you want to protect all Mainers and you will not raise taxes. We are citizens and ask you not to raise our taxes.

How will state agencies respond to emergencies when they are understaffed? How many bridges will not be inspected or repaired because no one is there to do the work? Who will issue unemployment checks and drivers licenses?

Will elderly Citizens be safe when there are no nursing home inspectors. Can we drive safely when there are not enough snow plow drivers? Maine needs you to to focus on solutions to this crisis instead of crippling agencies that provide services all Mainers need and depend on.

MSEASEIU members stand ready to work with the State and present ideas to enable millions of savings that can be realized by stopping contracting State work to out of State vendors.

We can save money by utilizing unused State property rather than pay rents for poorly maintained buildings. Me and my coworkers believe we can save the State millions over the next two year budget without raising taxes. Ideas that would not result in cutting State services to the Public with closed offices and lack of staff.
Will you listen? We live here too.

Sincerely,


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January 28th, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA 2008 bargaining survey, MSEA contract, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, PRIVATIZE, SEIU 1989 | no comments

Buy your beer and wine now

After returnig from New Hampshire where he was stocking up on beer, wine, and ciggarettes Governor Baldacci issued a new executive order calling for further cuts in the 2007-08 fiscal year in a bold move towards streamlining government.

Among his suggestions is closing the MDOT, laying off all employees and selling all State Highways to corporate bidders. A Republican suggestion to allow all legislators to retire immediately regardless of age with full benefits and a $36,000.00 was hailed by the minority party as helping the economy. To quote a Republican leader “We are in favor of less government, and with a deal like this, a lot of us will quit tomorrow. This is the one suggestion that got both Union and Public support if they promised to stay away.

One story going around has blamed the Democrats for wanting to shorten the sentences of minor drug offenders. The Republicans have shot back with a plan to save even more money.
All criminal offenses will be subject to death penalty if you are found to be a liberal, no appeal, immediate sentencing. Funding the courts will be done on a “pay go” system where if you pay you can go. This is considered simply an extension of corporate deregulation.

Republicans moved to exempt incomes over $350,000.00 form all taxation including excise, sales, income, and bottle deposits. They say they want to build on the successes of the Bush tax cuts.

All funding will be removed from the public defender program in deference to the new “waterboard legal assistance program”. Defendants will be given a fair chance to provide the answers that the court deems necessary. They will know their sentences even before the questioning begins. In the case of trouble makers prosecutors are authorized to keep asking until they get the answers they need. Giving the defendants the answers ahead of time will almost eliminate the need for trials. All defendants that plead guilty before being told the charges will be given a free bright orange “Club Gitmo” Tshirt signed by Rush Limbaugh.

DHHS will no longer take children from parents. Every year there have been two or three mistakes where kids had to be given back.

If this program saves even one child from being removed wrongly from their family, it will be worth it one law maker said.
The governor’s order puts in place a hiring freeze – for all hourly employees, but actually increases funding for upper management due to the increased workload handling lay offs.
The deficit will force all State departments and agencies to shut down except for upper management employees.

Not having to actually provide services for the citizens of Maine will save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

In other news:

Three Bargaining Units rally for reclass anticipating pay study outcomes.
State stonewalls again
In a preview of things to come, nearly 10 workers in offices participated in worksite actions in support of pay study negotiations.

A Union spokesperson commenting on the large turnout as compared to the usual rallies said “This is the kind of member action we’ll need to prevail in the upcoming contract battle,” In every worksite, in every department, we need to show state officials, legislators and the governor we are united, we are fearless, and we are ready to act.”

More than 3 members picketed and rallied at the SOB, while three or four more work­ers statewide took a five-minute solidarity break, standing up in their offices, or maybe they were just stretching. There is an unproven rumor that two more employees emailed their representatives, but there is no real proof.

Asked about the claims of stalling by the Union a human resources spokesperson was quoted as saying that Union members are being unreasonable if they think an increasing work load, massive increases in the complexity of the jobs, and wages that have fallen behind inflation for years are a justification for a living wage.

If State employees want increases every contract they must first accept a 50% reduction in pay and benefits. They must all become salaried, doing away with overtime. After a fresh start we would have room to start discussing reasonable increases during the next budget, or maybe the one after that, or the one…………………………

PLEASE TAKE THE BARGAINING SURVEY

YOUR IDEAS COUNT.

The first Union Bargaining summit coming up on May 10. All former members of negotiating teams and bargaining committees are invited. Do you think things should be done differently? Have you ever asked why something was done? Show up and make yourself heard.During the bargaining for the 2007-2009 contract your bargaining team found the bargaining survey gave our teams more input and information than had ever been received before. This site and your Union are both collecting ideas now.

Your ideas count!Click Here to take survey Click HERE to see how other members are voting.Interested Union members will be given a chance to be heard and help develop plans before they are sent to the Union Board of Directors for a vote. Please take the first step and take the online survey.

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April 16th, 2008 Posted by narsbars | BALDACCI, MSEA 2008 bargaining survey, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU 1989, TECHNORATI, msea maine | one comment

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | one comment

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments

I don’t want a raise. I don’t want you to get one either.

E.T.I. 2009

I want to set the record straight. In the next contract I don’t want a raise. The State has had some rough times, but so have we. We have shared the bad years. The contract was changed to give us the “Cliff”. The early retirement penalty was more than doubled. We go year after year with small increases or no increase at all. Every year our buying power in real dollars has gone down because our raises have not kept up with inflation. I don’t want a raise. I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT that will bring us back to what we would be earning if we had only kept even with inflation. Check the U.S. Gov figures here. Look at the annual figures from 1997. http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet?data_tool=latest_numbers&series_id=CUUR0000SAM&output_view=pct_12mths

I don’t want to get too financially geeky. Another little known fact is that the the Gov. changed the inflation figures a couple of years ago to remove the cost of gas and heating costs from the numbers. That way the inflation figures look smaller and wages that depend on a COLA could be cheated. I still have to pay for gas, and oil, you too? One of the things your dues buy is the smartest person in Maine for extracting information and presenting information in a completely honest way. Steve Butterfield has worked for the Union for about 2.5 million years and is still doing the best job possible. When the Union deals with the State both sides use real numbers. We have never lost an argument based on Steve Butterfield’s figures. The State has refused to deal realistically, but we have NEVER had the State able to disprove Steve’s numbers.

Compared to Inflation State employees have lost money in every contract for more than a decade and that loss is backed up by facts. In every contract for years the State and the Union have used the Consumer Price Index. Year after year we have been taking losses, not making small gains. It would be logical to ask what the Union has done for us. My answer is easy. I ask you to imagine your pay and your benefits at the mercy of a legislature that does not have to face an organized work force. I can just see it now. At every motor vehicles window when you get your plates you would hear “Ya want fries with that?”

Current Employees have lost over twelve percent in real purchasing power since 1990. While our contracts and benefits are used as political footballs by Union hating politicos the facts do not support their arguments. Our wages do not go up year after year. Our “raises” have been less than our sister states in New England, less than any big corporation in Maine, less than inflation. In Maine the general increase in wages has kept pace with or even out paced the consumer price index. State Employee wages have not kept up.

I don’t want a raise; I want a COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT. Make up for the losses of the last ten years. I don’t want to fight for a fair deal year after year. Implement contracts based on the same figures the retirement board uses. Get that ugly fight out of the way and we can all move forward. I want my pay to be Equal To Inflation in 2009.

E.T.I. 2009

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November 17th, 2007 Posted by Tom Maher | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine Congressional Elections, Maine DOT, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, Tom Allen | no comments