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Dedicated to the SNOWFIGHTERS of the MDOT


On State roads you can feel safe. A State employee has been keeping the road clear while it snows.
I met a man called Greg and I learned why I can feel safe on a snowy State highway. He explained to me that these drivers are on call, all winter, ready to plow all winter season. No extra pay just part of the job. I figured, what the heck, they took a plowing job and they live in Maine. Then I heard about having more and more miles to plow every year, not enough drivers. The State has decided that they will just keep on plowing. These drivers can plow for eight, twelve, even thirty six hours. Once their day “ends” at midnight they are back on straight time until they finish another eight hour shift. If they worked 24 hours on Monday, on Tuesday at midnight they are back on straight time. The State says it is a NEW DAY, I bet it doesn’t feel like a new day to these drivers. They lose their overtime and the State knows that this will force them into staying when they should go home. The drivers can decide to go home after 15 hours and if you have the wrong supervisor they will call you back an hour later.
It is warm now, no snow, but next winter I will remember the drivers that are keeping me safe.
Thank you, and I hope you stay safe.

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June 12th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Ethan Strimling, MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine DOT, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, Tom Allen, UNION CANDIDATES, UNIONMAINE, snow fighters | one comment