AUGUSTA – Republicans want to push through a “Right to Work” law, which would allow workers to opt out of unions and avoid paying union dues at workplaces that have them.
Republicans insist it will make Maine more business-friendly bringing in jobs. While democrats insist it will drive down wages and erode worker benefits.
Democrats control the house, while Republicans control the senate meaning the plan is almost certain to fail even as the debate rages on.
“Everybody wants Maine to be prosperous and grow our economy. And the only way to do that is to make ourselves competitive. And one piece of that puzzle is for us to become a right to work state.” John Butera Gov. LePage Senior Economic Advisor
“These bills all try to undercut workers’ ability to have a voice, and to have safe workplaces, and to have decent pay. We think that’s the wrong direction for Maine and we think the legislature is going to oppose these measures.” Matt Schlobom Maine AFL-CIO
Gov. Paul LePage has said that he strongly supports a “Right to Work” law but admits it’s unlikely to pass.