Change in AFSCME Agreement and Certain MSEA Agreements - 1993-1995

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Bureau of Employee Relations
Telephone (207) 287-4447
FAX (207) 287-4452 TDD (207) 287-4537

No.: OSER-48

Date: August 2, 1993

Subject: Change in AFSCME Agreement and Certain MSEA Agreements -- 1993-1995

To: All Holders of Employee Relations Manuals

From: Kenneth A. Walo, Director, Bureau of Employee Relations

This memorandum provides brief explanations and basic guidelines on the interpretation and implementation of the new AFSCME Agreement and four new Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) Agreements. This memo should not be used as a substitute for reading the actual agreements and should be read in conjunction with the agreements themselves, which we will distribute as soon as they are available.

Specific questions concerning the provisions of these agreements may be directed to any member of my staff. If consultation on a subject is necessary, a response to your inquiry will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

Thank you.

KAW/bls
Attachment

IMPORTANT BULLETIN - TO BE RETAINED IN EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANUAL

Changes in the 1993-1995 Agreements Between the State of Maine and the Maine State Employees Association (Administrative; Professional and Technical; Operations, Maintenance and Support; and Supervisory Services Bargaining Unit.

ARTICLE 5. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE (All Contracts)

Provides for an increase from three (3) to four (4) days leave with pay for significant other living in the same household with the employee.

ARTICLE 7. CASEWORK (All Contracts)

Deletes the entire article. The work of the Committee has been completed.

ARTICLE 8. CHILD CARE (All Contracts)

Provides "employed as of March 1" as a criteria for eligibility. Also provides for payment within 30 days of application. Implementing language is deleted.

ARTICLE 11. COMPENSATION (All Contracts)

Effective 7/1/94, a new Step will be added to the current salary schedule. This Step, which is four percent (4%) higher than the current Step 1, will be placed between Step 1 and Step 2. Employees on Step 1 will remain on Step 1; employees on Steps 2-7 will be reassigned to corresponding Steps 3-8 on the amended salary schedule. (This eliminates the ten percent (10%) move from Step 1 to Step 2.

ARTICLE 25. EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING (ADMIN Only)

Deletes Section 5 which created an Ad Hoc Committee to identify educational and training opportunities for clerical employees. The work of the Committee has been completed.

ARTICLE 26. EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION LEAVE (All Contracts)

Reduces from five (5) to four (4) the number of members from each unit on the MSEA bargaining team. Provides for the addition of Chief Stewards to Section C - Stewards. Chief Stewards are given the same consideration as Stewards but are "instead of" rather than "in addition to".

ARTICLE 31. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN (All Contracts)

Eliminates language pertaining to a designated plan and adds language to provide health insurance for employees pursuant to statute. Also, adds language to allow a sixty (60) day period for part-time and seasonal employees who transfer to permanent full-time positions to apply for health insurance without providing evidence of insurability.

M E M O R A N D U M
BUREAU OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

ARTICLE 32. HOLIDAYS (All Contracts)

Changes Washington's Birthday to Presidents' Day.

IMPORTANT BULLETIN - TO BE RETAINED IN EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANUAL

ARTICLE 34. LABOR/MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES (All Contracts)

A. Statewide

Eliminates language pertaining to completed tasks of the Committee. Adds language establishing a subcommittee to study the feasibility of a per diem expense reimbursement system.

ARTICLE 50. REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED PERSONS (All Contracts)

Deletes the entire article. Now covered by law.

ARTICLE 56. SENIORITY (All Contracts)

B. Layoffs

Deletes the third paragraph pertaining to "computer capacity."

D. Recalls

Deletes the second paragraph pertaining to "computer capacity."

J. Part-Time Employees

Establishes separate tracks for part-time employees for layoff and recall

purposes.

ARTICLE 72. TERM OF AGREEMENT (All Contracts)

Provides for a two (2) year contract ending June 30, 1995.

MEMORANDUMS OF AGREEMENT

One Hour Reduction (All Contracts)

Continues the one (1) hour workweek reduction through the ratification process or rejection of a successor agreement.

Military Firefighters (OMS, SSU)

Establishes separate negotiations for Military Firefighters, Supervisors, and Chiefs.

Teachers and Related Classifications (P&T, SSU)

Changes the procedure for establishing stipends for Teachers at Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.

ADDENDUM (All Contracts)

Copy and Summary attached.

M E M O R A N D U M
BUREAU OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Changes in the 1993-1995 Agreement Between the State of Maine and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

ARTICLE 4. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Provides for an increase from three (3) to four (4) days leave with pay for significant other living in the same household with the employee.

ARTICLE 7. CHILD CARE

Provides "employed as of March 1" as a criteria for eligibility. Also provides for payment within 30 days of application. Implementing language is deleted.

ARTICLE 10. COMPENSATION

Paragraph M. Deletes implementing language. The fifteen cents ($.15) per hour increase scheduled to take effect 7/1/91 but deferred for employees of MH&MR and Baxter School is implemented effective 7/18/93.

ARTICLE 20. EMPLOYEE MEALS

Provides for the establishment of a Labor/Management Committee to study the feasibility of replacing the current system with a per diem expense reimbursement system.

ARTICLE 23. HEALTH INSURANCE

Eliminates language pertaining to a designated plan and adds language to provide health insurance for employees pursuant to statute. Also, adds language to allow a sixty (60) day period for part-time and seasonal employees who transfer to permanent full-time positions to apply for health insurance without providing evidence of insurability.

ARTICLE 24. HOLIDAYS

Changes Washington's Birthday to Presidents' Day.

ARTICLE 56. TERM OF AGREEMENT

Provides for a two year contract ending June 30, 1995.

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

One Hour Reduction

Continues the one (1) hour workweek reduction through the ratification process or rejection of a successor agreement.

ADDENDUM

Copy and Summary attached.

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