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E.T.I. 2009

$ Gasoline $Since the first of the year, gas prices have gone up almost 35%, and are up almost 45% since the end of January when prices hit a low of $2.14 per gallon. Even in just the past month prices have shot up a whopping 8%.

I have a copy of an email from an OIT supervisor ordering OIT employees to use their own vehicles whenever they are told to drive somewhere. The memo goes on to state that “they will decide when it is cost effective for the state to provide another vehicle.

If the cost of gas goes up per mile for the State vehicle but does not go up when paying an employee, will the State ever decide they should provide vehicles?
They will Not!

I believe our Union will be fighting this but the State claims that employees agreed to use their own vehicles when they started State service 5, 10, even 25 years ago when gas was half the cost it is today.

The Union needs your help. Call and tell them you can’t afford to carry the State business out of your paycheck. Call a steward. Call H.Q. Call your legislator or do nothing….your choice. Over the last week I have passed gas stations going one way and seen the price change on the way back. Tonight, November 5 it was $3.15. With no scare tactics we will see $3.50 or more in two months. Heating oil is already 65 cents more than last year, NO here is the correction as of November 6, 86 cents more expensive per gallon than this time last year.

The State won’t pay employees the Federal rate for using their cars.

The Union won’t pay its own members the Federal rate to use their cars.

The State uses the argument that since we don’t respect our own members enough to pay the Federal rate for mileage they don’t have to pay it either.

No one makes a profit from using their car. We only want to be able to pay for the gas.

Call your Union Steward, call the Union and demand Federal rate be in the next contract. Demand that the Union pay Federal rate to lead the way.

At least the Union has decided to study the mileage issue and try to figure out what to do. The State always says the budget can’t afford to pay for gas so YOU PAY FOR IT!


E.T.I. 2009


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November 5th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEA Dues, MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, MSEASEIU, Maine State Employees, Maine Turnpike Authority, SEIU, SEIU 1984, SEIU 1989, STATE EMPLOYEES, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE | one comment

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  1. Well done.

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2007

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