Look at the facts

I am writing in opposition to LD 788 and LD 309, the proposed "Right to Work for Less" bills.

I am disappointed that Gov. Paul LePage is focused on making it more difficult for middle-class families to get by, instead of creating good jobs and strengthening Maine's economy.

Who do these bills benefit? Certainly not families like ours.

Those bills are aimed at benefiting out-of-state interests and corporate CEOs, because if LePage succeeds and destroys unions here in Maine, he knows that there'll be no one to fight for middle-class Mainers.

And to do it, he is grossly distorting the facts. LePage says that this is about freedom, but LDs 788 and 309 will actually eat away at workers' rights.

No one can be forced to join a union. Saying otherwise is just designed to scare people into supporting corporate CEO interests.

Politicians should work for the people who elected them. There needs to be a balance that brings leaders together to create quality jobs here in Maine and solve the problems hurting middle-class families.

"Right to Work for Less" is a thinly veiled attempt to bust unions. Supporting it would not only be dangerous for workers, but for other families and the local economies, as well.

David McKeone, Poland Spring

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Mark Turek's picture

David McKeone doesn't seem to know what the facts are

Mr. McKeone should read the economic facts posted at http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/2589175/nilrr-fact-sheet-pdf-february-10...

Scott Lansley's picture

The Facts??

Is this the same David McKeone that is the business manager for AFL-CIO Local 327? There is a David McKeone listed under the “Leadership Highest Paid Local 327 Leaders & Staff”
http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unionProfile.cfm?ID=16117

David Mckeone Business Manager $ 44,073

LABORERS AFL-CIO Local 327
2068 NORTH BELFAST AVENUE
AUGUSTA, ME 43304

Just asking! Would be interested to know ALL the facts including affiliation!

Mark Turek's picture

The management of this newspaper

must have know who he is... they should have included his position with AFL-CIO next to his name and town. LSJ readers certainly deserve to know all of the related facts, and that's a big one.

Mark Turek's picture

It's a shame that letter is missing-the-facts

After reading that piece of Far-Left propaganda, you might want to know that David McKeone is also a union boss here in Maine… in fact; he’s listed as the Business Manager for LABORERS AFL-CIO Local 327 at http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unionProfile.cfm?ID=16117.

If either proposal gets passed this year, LD 309 ("An Act To Make Voluntary Membership in a Public Employee Labor Organization in the State") or LD 788 ("An Act To Prohibit Forced Payment of Labor Union Dues or Fees by Workers"), it will actually help all types of workers (in both the public and private sectors) and taxpayers alike here in Maine. The real facts are posted at http://www.MaineRTW.com. Please learn the facts and help get LD 309 or LD 788 passed this year... Mainers deserve this improvement.

Allisa Milliard's picture

union

workers have the right to not be part of a union. requiring them to pay union dues (or less then that) to a union that they don't want to be part of and requiring them to use union lawers isn't right. if someone wants to work and get less for it then the union employees to do the same job, then let them.
also: take a good look around. how many jobs were created under baldacci? if you can blame lapage for a lack of creation, you can blame every gov. for the past 30 years. he just "inherited the problems created by his predicessors", to quote an influential american icon.

Allisa Milliard's picture

union

workers have the right to not be part of a union. requiring them to pay union dues (or less then that) to a union that they don't want to be part of and requiring them to use union lawers isn't right. if someone wants to work and get less for it then the union employees to do the same job, then let them.
also: take a good look around. how many jobs were created under baldacci? if you can blame lapage for a lack of creation, you can blame every gov. for the past 30 years. he just "inherited the problems created by his predicessors", to quote an influential american icon.

Terry Donald's picture

Yes sir!

You got it absolutely right Mr McKeone. The good thing is that more and more of us are opening our eyes and realizing what the motivation is behind the moves that Mr LePage is making. We as a state are to blame. WE elected a thoroughly unqualified governor. Because of our misdeed, our new governor has assembled a vast cast of characters around him who are also highly unqualified. The head of DHHS, Education, Commerce, DEP and others were all there to help him get elected and returned with their hands extended palms up to be repaid for their service. Theirs is the task of glad handing and nodding yes to all the ridiculous proposals that come from LePage, but the worst part of all this is where those proposals really come from. We got a hint when the paperwork offering up a discontinuation of the BPA ban because public. Come from the messy desk and cluttered mind of Paul LePage?? NO! It came from the office of a lobbying firm, a firm paid indirectly by Koch Industries, a BPA manufacturer that does no business in our state! This is the same Koch Industries driving the union busting train in Wisconsin, here in Maine and around the country.
WE are to blame, now WE have to work to fix it.

Greg Rose's picture

Well said!

WIthout raiding the ranks of the various lobbying groups - INCLUDING the Maine Heritage Policy Center - Lepage would be at a loss as to who to appoint to ANY government post! One can only wonder which lobbyist Lepage will appoint to run MaineCare now that he has dismissed Dr. Mills. Of course a LOBBYIST would do a MUCH better job at running MaineCare than a respected physician who has been in public service for a good portion of her career and has proven herself as responsible, professional and looking out for the best interests of Maine citizens.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Sour,sour grapes. Baldacci

Sour,sour grapes. Baldacci screwed any Mainer not on the public dole over for 8 years and his party has been doing so for over 30 years. I guess to you that was a good thing, though. Too bad it's over, and ranting and whining won't change a thing.

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