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