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State Employees are Calling Libby Mitchell


Libby Mitchell has been a friend of labor and her district has a LOT of State Employees. If you call or email remember that she thought she was doing the right thing for all State Employees with her package. Be polite and clear when you contact her.

From the Senator’s website

Whether I am home, at work, or presiding over the Maine Senate, I always welcome your opinion. It is my pledge to listen to your thoughts and concerns, ideas and positions, and hopes and aspirations as we work together for a better Maine. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you or your family. I am best reached at the Senate President’s Office at (207) 287-1500 or by email.

“Libby” has been getting more emails and calls than she can believe. Senator Mitchell did not anticipate the outcry from State Employees over the package of cuts proposed. Cuts in health care, cuts in merit raises, cuts, cuts, cuts. The final straw was the suggested take away of nearly all holidays for the next two years. Employees know that a benefit once gone may never be replaced. “but they will come back, in two years” In this case “Trust me, I work for the government” has a very hollow ring. I am not ready to trust a future legislature and a future governor. There are no temporary cuts State Employees have been sending emails to me at NarsBars@UnionMaine.Org

The emails have been 100% for State Employees chipping in to help in this economy but they have been 100% against this final insult.

All of my emails have said that State employees will take shut down days that cost the same, but they will not accept this ripping away of a negotiated benefit with no chance to talk. All we have asked is to be included in the process, to let us negotiate the impact even if we only have days, but the legislature is using a chain saw not a scalpel.

The appropriations committee is meeting today, Wednesday, to propose even more cuts. There doesn’t seem to be any end to the pain a State Employee can be hit with.

Elizabeth (Libby) H. Mitchell was unanimously elected as Maine’s 113th Senate President on December 3, 2008. She is the first woman in America to serve as both the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Senator Mitchell represents Senate District 24, which includes Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro.

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May 13th, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA contract, Maine State Employees | no comments

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