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Dudley said……..

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I placed this comment as a post because it it discusses issues, does not engage in personal attacks and shows what a real discussion is about.

Narsbars.

dudley said…
Hello, Narsbars:Consider me a longtime MSEA, SEIU Local 1989 friend. You may know me.Or not.I admire your site, and your support for the union. Also, your willingness to open the forum to other points of view. That said, I have observed the “fair share” debate in Maine for a while, and offer some comments.First, those who oppose fair share are a small minority – some are dues-paying union members, some are not. MSEA nevertheless represents them, and will continue to do so. They have different reasons for not supporting the union – some political, some personal. But unions like MSEA are not only democratic and speak for the individual, they are political, and seek out the best interests of their membership. They take political positions and endorse political candidates. Where they find support and shared interest, they offer the same. If you as a member don’t like the choices, have your say, but just like in an election, majority rules. Doesn’t mean you can’t vote.MSEA’s collective bargaining contracts, never perfect, sometimes lacking that which people may want, have nevertheless significantly improved the wages, benefits (especially health and retirement benefits), and working conditions of people who work in Maine, over thirty years. That in turn has benefited Maine. To say differently is pure ignorance. For those who believe they can individually bargain for themselves, look to why MSEA was formed; see what the history of individual bargaining really was.Last comment, Narsbars. You give credence to those who wish to attack the union. Fair enough. They should have their say, but by no means does that make them right. Judging by another website on the Public Forum, dominated by three posters, they have little of value to contribute, no real understanding of the true purposes of a union or how bargaining works, and occasionally add ugly personal comments. I have a special grievance against the contemptible individual who has attacked an MSEA employee for something done many years in the past, has long since paid a price and resolved the matter,and is a fine person today. You, sir, have no shame. You should.Thanks for the time and space. I think you will find that MSEA wins every issue related to fair share, especially on the issue of accountability. Let MSEA, Local 1989 be what it is and should be, and prosper!

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