PRESS RELEASEMaine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989For more information, contact:Chris Quint, Executive Director:Cell: 207-232-6470LePage Administration Grants Pay Raises to Some State Workers
The LePage Administration on Friday announced that it was granting payincreases to some Caseworkers working for the Department of Health andHuman Services. In an email message sent Friday morning, Theresa Cahill-Lowe, the Director of the Office of Child and Family Services, explained that sheand Commissioner Mayheu had toured DHHS worksites, spoken to employees,and realized that the years of pay freezes were affecting morale and the ability torecruit and retain caseworkers. The pay increases will come in the form of stepincreases, to be granted to new and recent hires in the caseworker classification,bringing these employees up to step 3.The Maine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, represents theseemployees, and has yet to be informed directly of these pay increases.Nonetheless, MSEA-SEIU President Ginette Rivard took a positive view of thisdevelopment:
This pay raise is an important first step by this administration in showing that itrecognizes the important work performed by state workers. We hope that thissignals a new beginning in labor relations with the LePage administration, and allState workers can begin to share in the state's improving financialsituation. State workers have sacrificed for many years now, facing declininginco
mes and benefit cuts. The Administration’s actions reaffirm the findings of the
independent pay study conducted by the State and this Union in 2009, whichfound similar problems in a wide range of classifications throughout Stategovernment. We take this wage increase for some state workers as a positivefirst step in restoring respect for all state workers.
MSEA resumes bargaining with the State next week over a new contract, andlooks forward to discussing these new developments, including the need forfinancial relief for all state workersThe Administration's announcement is copied below, along with furtherclarification issued this morning: