The Unions are a "STINKY INFESTATION" on the Maine Democratic Party

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FLAMMENWERFER
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The Unions are a "STINKY INFESTATION" on the Maine Democratic Party

This quote comes from a couple of telephone interviews I've had with Rep. Terry Hayes (D-Buckfield). It is the title of a column I've submitted to the LSJ (no word from the yet). The Ellsworth American has accepted a column entitled "Absolute Obedience" (publication date not yet known) another of Terry's phrases.

The Buckfield rep. has not been absolutely obedient, so the union panjandrums called around the Democratic caucus to block her bid for the Speaker's gavel. They did not call to promote Mark Eves, only to thwart the selection of a disobedient candidate. She got a 100% AFL-CIO rating last year, but this was not enough.

Thrasybulus
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We could save a lot of money

We could save a lot of money if the unions just took the place of the Dem caucus. One paycheck instead of 86. We could call it "privatising":-)

J. McKane
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The MSEA, the MEA, and the

The MSEA, the MEA, and the AFL-CIO invested big-time in this past election and they will want their dues paid - and not just from card-carrying union members. They have already flexed their muscle in the 126th and will continue to demand obedience. They are the definition of big-money and intimidation influencing politics. They have controlled the Democrat party, especially in Maine, and have dictated public policy in education, labor laws and business laws for years.

Rep Hayes deserves big credit for standing up to this and calling it what it is.

Flammen - check your messages.

johnw
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Yesterday obama was on the

Yesterday obama was on the campaign trail in Michigan .... giving a speech against Michigan's right to work law and supporting unions ...telling the slobbering union crowd that it's not about the economy it's about politics..... He should be wearing his "union made label" on his chest....But then again the most transparent administration represent ALL of the people don't they.

Melvin Udall
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union made and union owned

union made and union owned

johnw
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Can you imagine the absolute

Can you imagine the absolute outrage the media would have had if a conservative president had come out and said that he was for the the right to work legislation .
I think that in term two the authentic obama is going to appear ,anti gun , anti oil, anti fredom of speech ,anti Christian anti American... .......,

J. McKane
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For Immediate Release, Jan.

For Immediate Release, Jan. 28, 2013
Contact: David Sorensen, (207) 205-7793
Communications Director, Maine House Republicans

Rep. Lockman Introduces Right-to-Work Legislation
Popular reform would help Maine compete for high-paying jobs

AUGUSTA – Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst), a freshman legislator on the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee, has introduced two bills to make Maine a right-to-work state. The first allows Mainers to work at unionized private businesses without being forced to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment. The second bill offers paycheck protection to state employees who were forced under the previous administration to pay fees to the Maine State Employees Association, or lose their jobs.

“I introduced these bills to help Maine compete for new jobs,” said Rep. Lockman. “Half of the country is now right-to-work, and unless Maine joins this wave of economic growth, we will be left behind to pick up the scraps.”

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, from 1980 to 2011, employment grew in forced unionism states by 32 percent, compared to 71 percent in right-to-work states. Furthermore, despite complaints about lower wages, the Mackinac Center also found that when adjusting for cost of living, wages in right-to-work states are actually 4.1 percent higher, and incomes grew four times faster in right-to-work states than in forced unionism states.

Lockman also points to the recent examples of Indiana and Michigan. Indiana enacted right-to-work legislation in February 2012. From then until Michigan followed suit in December 2012, Michigan lost 7,300 jobs while Indiana gained 43,000. Many have said that Indiana’s example was a motivation for Michigan, previously a bastion of organized labor.

“Across the country, companies that offer good, high-paying, highly-skilled jobs that are looking to relocate prefer to move to right-to-work states,” said Lockman. “It gives them the flexibility they need in an increasingly fast-moving and competitive global economy.”

While Lockman acknowledges that his bills will face an uphill battle in a Legislature with Democratic majorities in both houses, he nevertheless believes it’s important to have this debate about freedom of choice for working people. “I want to give Democrats in Maine an opportunity to be on the right side of this issue, and get on the right side of history," added Lockman. "I look forward to making that case to my colleagues across the aisle."

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There is probably a more appropriate thread for this release but I think this “stinky infestation" thread should be resurrected whenever possible.

JustSayNo
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Brilliant. Don't introduce

Brilliant.
Don't introduce right to work when Republicans have control.
Wait to introduce it until Dems are in charge.
Brilliant.

Bruce Libby
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The only hope is no one is

The only hope is no one is running for anything yet !
It is a faint hope but a hope!

Ugenetoo
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I predict a strict party line

I predict a strict party line vote with all the dems, all the indies and 1/3 of the republicans voting against this.

Dale Tudor
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Lockman is a fresman

Lockman is a fresman legislator. He could not have introduced this bill during the last legislature, as he was not an elected representative then. I give him credit for bringing the legislation forward, even though it has a snowball's chance in you know where of becoming law, given the liberals who are now in power in the legislative halls of Maine government. Stinky infestation, indeed!

J. McKane
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Don't introduce right to work

Don't introduce right to work when Republicans have control.

It was introduced in the 125th but was killed in committee.

Bruce Libby
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And he lost the election

And he lost the election anyway!!!

J. McKane
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Maine Gov Vows to Protect

Maine Gov Vows to Protect Charter School Funding
02/01/2013 Reported By: Jay Field

Gov. Paul LePage says he'll do whatever it takes to ensure that Maine's first two charter schools get the state funding they were promised this year…

…Earlier this week, the Legislature's Education Committee voted, along party lines, to include the charters in more than $12 million in budget cuts to education.

…Shortly after the vote, the Maine Education Association, the state's teacher's union, sent out a press release, praising the committee for its fairness in including charter schools in the cuts.

Maine Things Considered

The MEA at work in your legislature's education committee.

FLAMMENWERFER
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I wrote columns on my

I wrote columns on my conversation with Rep. Hayes for the Ellsworth American, TheMaineWire.com, the Central Maine Papers and the LSJ. As far as I know none of the dailies have shown any interests in union influence. It appears prospective Democratic nominees for Appropriations must be vetted by the MEA. Back in July 2010 Eliot Cutler criticized the MEA's baneful influence on the state's public eduction (the same Cutler endorsed by all the dailies). I've also heard Linda Valentino was removed from Appropriations because the MEA considered her naughty.

Union influence on the Democrats? No story there.

Doug Thomas
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Terry Hayes is a classy lady.

Terry Hayes is a classy lady.

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