The Coastal Packet: Maine House rejects anti-union law

Saturday, June 13

Maine House rejects anti-union law

Press Herald - The Democrat-controlled Maine House rejected several “right-to-work” billsthat are backed by the LePage administration but opposed by the state’s labor unions... “This bill has nothing to do with the ‘right to work,’ ” said Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, co-chair of the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, which reviewed the bills. “It does just the opposite: It undermines workers’ rights.”

The House voted 90-52 against a bill that would have prohibited organized labor from collecting fees from employees who decline to join a union. The chamber also rejected bills – by votes of 90-51 and 86-56, respectively – that would have prohibited state or local governments from deducting union dues from employee paychecks and prohibited state employees from being paid while engaging in union-related activities.

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