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Attacks on Workers Under the LePage Administration

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Photo: An actual "wanted poster" former Governor Paul LePage displayed at his public events.

During his four years as Governor, Paul LePage, relentlessly waged a war on workers, eliminated collective bargaining rights, blocked measures to increase the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour, demonized public employees and robbed workers' pensions to give the rich a tax break.

If he is able to win a third term, he will work furiously to undo all of our recent pro-worker gains and continue to push policies to break our unions and destroy the ability of Maine workers to legally organize and fight for better wages, dignity and a seat at the table.

We must not go back. For a refresher, below are some highlights of the LePage administration. As Governor, LePage:

  • Supported union-busting “right-to-work” for less legislation that would prohibit companies and workers in unionized shops to negotiate contracts that require all workers to pay the cost of collective bargaining.
  • Refused to raise the minimum wage by even 50 cents from $7.50 an hour.
  • Vetoed MaineCare expansion seven times and blocked implementation of the voter-approved MaineCare expansion law.
  • Robbed the pension of state employees and teachers to pay for tax cuts for the rich.
  • Slashed revenue sharing for municipalities, calling it "welfare for communities."
  • Prohibited project labor agreements on public works construction projects.
  • Gutted workers compensation for severely injured workers.
  • Repealed collective bargaining rights for child care workers
  • Weakened unemployment to delay UI benefits for any vacation time workers have.
  • Supported lowering Maine’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $5.25 an hour for anyone under age 20.

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Here are some more details on the anti-labor legislation LePage backed and signed into law: