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SEIU gets 22 1/2% raise. SEIU gets Federal Mileage rate

Pennsylvania SEIU got a 22 1/2% wage increase over four years. Scroll down for the post. Oregon gets and has gotten Federal mileage rate for employees for years!! I am sick of reading about SEIU victories in other States, raises, raises, raises!!! What kind of place is this, where a prison guard can be knifed and put on workers comp instead of at least a few weeks of full pay?

None of the gains were in Maine, but we can make the same gains. We know we need to have more members involved in protecting their families and their jobs. It is getting better. Hard to believe, but we are hearing more questions about how things work. I think we are hearing more from members because the message is getting through. The union is you, and your voice matters. Your opinions will be heard. Let’s get more people involved. Pass on this blog address, and ask “What can we do, what do members want from the Union?”. POST your ideas! If we get enough voices, we will be strong.

Know your enemy.

In Maine we get lied to, told we get too much already. We get told that the legislature with the help of the State’s best economists can’t figure out how to fund a raise or stop stealing gas money from employees. We pay the travel expenses for the State, we pay the insurance costs to drive our cars for the State, we pay the hundreds to fix our cars if they get trashed by a client, BUT we can’t get cost of living raises. We are the targets of every politician looking to make a name on a right wing talk show or newspaper. We keep taking pay cuts. Sorry, sometimes I just lose it. AFSCME is making a run at a 25/55 retirement plan. Great for their employees but the money would come from the same money we need to fix the cliff. We don’t talk to them, they don’t talk to us, and meantime the State’s negotiators are just rolling in the halls watching us waste all our energy in fighting each other.

Everyone is screaming about what the Union has not done for them. What can we do to get people involved? How do we reach out? We are doing good work with dedicated people.

We need a lot more ideas than mine. How about you email this post someone you know. Ask them to subscribe to this blog, if you haven’t signed up, take a second. We can make a difference, one person at a time. Ask them to pass it on. If you are reading this I know you care about more than just yourself.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WITH A STRONG INVOLVED MEMBERSHIP

Mileage Rate Changes OREGON

January 31 2007

From the State Controllers Division Travel Coordinators:

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced that the private vehicle mileage reimbursement rate will be 48.5 cents per mile, effective February 1, 2007 for Federal agencies. Our intent in State Travel Policy is to mirror those federal rates. This change was published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2007

Appendix A will be amended to state “Effective 2/1/07, vehicle mileage is 48.5 cents per mile. State mileage rates mirror the federal rate and change automatically when the Federal rates change.” Thus, for travel that occurs on or after February 1, 2007, the reimbursement rate for private vehicle mileage will be 48.5 cents per mile. This change affects all employees. The HRSD Labor Relations Unit had previously notified employee union representatives that the rates may go up on January 1, 2007 and that the union would receive notice if the anticipated increase in the rate occurs. HRSD Labor Relations will notify the affected employees’ union representatives (AEE, IAFF, KFAFFA and SEIU) about the rate change and effective date. If HRSD receives any objections, the affected agencies will receive direction from HRSD.

How many complaints about the State raising mileage rates will they get?

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June 20th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | no comments

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