He made the trains run on time and controlled the Unions

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Fascism is recognized to have first been officially developed by Benito Mussolini, who came to power in Italy in 1922. To sum up fascism in one word would be to say "anti-liberalism".

...............Socialism and Democracy. Political doctrines pass; peoples remain. It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century."

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Herding Cats

No matter what you think of the budget, the election, or the Great Pumpkin the executive branch contract runs out at the end of June 2009.

Rod Hiltz, our chief negotiator has taken on the task of helping our thousands of members during what may be the toughest economic times in decades.
As members you all have your own priorities and your own opinions on how this is going to play out. If you want to get some idea of the job he is facing, check out the "Herding Cats" video on the side bar.

Speaking of Cats, your teams and Rod Hiltz have gotten the ball rolling. Make sure you stay tuned for Union Surveys, contact your team members. If you want to contact me, Tom Maher Pro-Tech email NarsBars@UnionMaine.Org.

Let's see how the State responds. No one is going to have to guess what is going on this year. If the State treats the teams, as your representatives, with respect, you will know.

October 30, 2008

Alicia Kellogg, Director

Bureau of Human Resources

Department of Finance & Administration

4 State House Station

Augusta ME 04333-0004

Dear Alicia,

I am writing to officially inform you that I will be the Chief Negotiator for the upcoming Executive Branch negotiations.

Our MSEA Local #1989 Negotiating Team members along with our President Bruce Hodsdon and Vice President Ginette Rivard will be:

Administrative Services: Donna Doore, Cindy Proulx, Kathy Latulippe, Scott Neumeyer, and (Alternate) Judy Green Tarr;

Professional-Technical Services: Tom Maher, Andrea Lapointe, Jerry Quirion and Ron Perry;

Supervisory Services: Dan Menard, Aleia Hilt Lash, Debra Stowe and John Sylvester;

Operations Maintenance & Support Services: Cordell Hackett, Dana Miller, Greg Berry, Ken Porter and (Alternate) Sam Soterelis.

We have scheduled a meeting with our team members for Wednesday November 19, 2008 and would ask that you consider this a request for those people to be released from work for that day in accordance with Article 29 (B) of the Executive Branch Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Furthermore, please consider this a request to set up a date for the Union and Management Teams to meet as soon as possible after that meeting, but no later than Monday December 1, 2008. It is our intent to have at least an initial meeting prior to finalization of the State’s budgeting process.


Rod Hiltz

Director of Field Services

MSEA/SEIU Local #1989

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