Lawmakers back off contentious labor union bill
By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted June 06, 2011
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican leaders agreed Monday to shelve for the year a contentious labor bill that riled
Maine’s unions and heightened tensions with Democrats in the final days of the legislative session.
Members of a legislative committee voted to postpone action on a controversial “right-to-work” bill, LD 309,
that could have stripped public sector unions of their ability to collect service fees from state employees
who opt out of joining the union.
The vote came four days after hundreds of union members crowded the halls of the State House to protest the bill and less than two weeks after GOP leaders surprised many by reviving a controversial measure that
many assumed was dead for the year.