Trust me, I work for the Government

Come and meet my little friend!

The outgoing Federal administration is running scared, and the anti-Union, anti working family, conservatives in Maine are starting the campaign to blame State Employees for any thing that is wrong in Maine. On several Radio Stations there are now ads running saying that State Employees are too well paid, have too many benefits and the leader of the organization in an interview on WVOM radio on January 3 said the State should just break the contract now and stop paying the benefits. As I have said previously the articles have started in the K.J. a new web site is up, and they are directly telling legislators that they are being watched.

One thing they say is right. The legislators are being watched by the most organized voting block in the state. Union Members vote. This is all a run up to the next gubernatorial elections. The Republican candidates will be like Tony Montana in Scarface, telling State employees to “Come and say hello to my little friend!” before they start screaming and shooting. They will be trying to out do each other calling Union members the devil, lazy, greedy, and blaming you instead of failed national policies. The Federal present and near term future are the blueprint for what will be attempted in Maine.

In the next year the Bush Federal Anti Labor board will be trying to engineer a blitzkrieg against labor, taking the whole organized labor system into a death spiral that no Democratic presidency will be able to fix. They would rather destroy decades of law than leave anything for the survivors. The propaganda has been running for years picturing organized labor as an already beaten and despised remnant of weaklings. This is the Republican way. The Unions and the American middle class are quickly becoming unable to provide the things their parents grew up to believe are the American birthright, health, a good home, and to provide for families. They call names and tell lies, all State employees are lazy, all Unions are corrupt, and they are attempting to put us in isolation and blame their own failed polices on labor. This will happen in our working lives, and it will be bad for Maine and the U.S. The drive of the middle class, American optimism and can-do spirit will be gone, replaced by employers that will say “you are lucky to have a job at all”.

If the Republicans can’t finish us in a year they will try to prevent meaningful reform during a Democratic presidency and force the nation into a slowly decaying one world, Wal-Mart economy, where only a few share the wealth. Everything will grow worse. Your children will know something is wrong, but without good jobs with security and benefits they will have nothing to compare to. Don’t fall for the bull; it is not the teachers Union that is running schools down, it was the Republican takeover of our schools to teach good consumers, not good thinkers. They blame the teachers Unions while children become less and less able to compete against better educated foreign students.

It seems like we may win against the false conservatives. The new direction we need to go in could be called “conservative” in the best possible sense of the word. Our children need to be educated in reading, writing, science, and math. We must stop teaching a false U.S. history where we helped the ignorant red man and all American wars are good wars. An educated citizen is the best weapon against the big lie.

We must start locally and so will we become involved with our Union or will we return to the seeing employers as royals, while we are the grateful serfs? The Republicans say that the employer freed of Unions will happily reward the productive employees (with whatever they feel we deserve). Under Republican logic Wal-Mart is rich and successful so therefore all Wal-Mart employees must be rich and successful with not Unions. One more example of Republican logic is that tax cuts increase government revenue. Therefore I would think that cutting all taxes would increase government revenue so much we could all retire now.

As a State and as a Union will we remain so divided from one another that no one can get anything they want? Or, should we organize and by reaching out to others overpower the tower of lies that have been told about all of us?

Will we be able to picture a future, and know the only way to get there is together?

Remember, Union households vote at a three to one ratio to the rest of the Public. Find your legislator. You can do that on this Blog and email your legislators. Ask what they will do to protect the pay and benefits promised to you for one, five, ten, even thirty five years.

Ask them if they want to cut your pay if they will then support your right to strike? If you are so unimportant you can be lied to and stolen from then giving you the right to strike should not matter.


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January 3rd, 2008 Posted by narsbars | ATTACK ON UNIONS, MSEA, MSEA contract, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine State Employees, SEIU, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, STATE VIOLATES CONTRACT, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE, anti union talk show, msea maine | no comments

Chief Steward Sharon Carroll fights for DHHS

E.T.I. 2009

Arbitrator’s Decision

DHHS Pay Cycle Change Violated Contracts, Yet Arbitrator Finds No Loss of Pay

On September 19, an arbitrator ruled that the state violated the contractual rights of 2,500 Maine Department of Health & Human Services workers whose pay cycles were unilaterally switched in March of 2006. Yet the arbitrator also ruled that the affected workers suffered no loss of pay. In the 51 page ruling which was initiated by Chief Steward Sharon Carroll, the arbitrator ordered remedies relating to the calculation of the affected workers’ group life insurance and retirement benefits. The arbitrator also retained jurisdiction in the matter in the event there are any further disputes in the matter.

Why do we fight so hard when we can lose so big? Sharon fought to fix the rip off of DHHS workers who were cheated of pay they earned. Fifty one pages and no one will read them all, but you can be sure that Sharon has read every page and given everything to fix this crime. Don’t blame the Union! This case could have gone another way and if it did the State could change your pay period every year and say “no harm, no foul”. One person stood up with the help of the Union and tried to fight. We did not win what we thought was right, but we stopped them from doing it again! If one dedicated steward can make a difference, one brave woman can be willing to stand up and back them off, I think we owe her a debt. The only way we can be safe is if the State knows we will fight back! Sharon has a enough years with the State that they could offer to buy her off with a promotion. They can threaten her with bad job assignments. It won’t work.

Sharon is dedicated to helping her coworkers. I can tell you that I know she has given up chances to help herself if only she would quit helping her Union brothers and sisters.

This Steward won’t quit! This Steward will “give em hell!”. You can only hope that she is your steward if you need to be protected from unfair treatment.


Please know we all thank you. We know how hard you fight. You don’t get paid to help us. You do it because you think it is right.

Thank you for your time. Thank you for caring. Thank you for risking retaliation from management that cares only for money and not for the employees.

We don’t win them all, but if we don’t fight we will LOSE THEM ALL!

Sharon, Thank you, and know that we appreciate what you do.

E.T.I. 2009
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September 21st, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEASEIU, SEIU, STATE VIOLATES CONTRACT, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE, VSEA | one comment