LePage, NYC Lawyer Walks Out of MSEA-SEIU Contract Negotiations

Posted on July 1, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Dirigo Blue broke the story this morning

After 6 straight days of negotiations over a new contract, representatives for Gov. LePage walked out of contract talks last night at 11:40 p.m.
The contract between the State and its 10,000 employees expired at midnight.From a press release, one union negotiating team member, Andrea LaPointe, an employee at the DEP, had this:

“The Governor has proposed cutting wages for workers who protect our communities from dangerous criminals in our prison system and for workers who care for patients with severe mental health disorders in our state mental health institutions. We are ready to settle this contract and we truly hope that our Governor is ready as well.
There is an “evergreen” provision in which the current contract remains in effect for 90 days, along time for further negotiations.”

From Bangor Daily News:

 

Negotiations ended just before midnight with MSEA offering a two-year extension on the current terms and the state countering with a one-year extension under different terms. One of the outstanding issues is compensation for workers engaged in union activities.

The Maine Democratic Party issued the following press release:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:LePage Walks Out of Contract Negotiations

“Governor LePage and his New York City lawyer need to stop dragging their feet and get the job done.”

AUGUSTA- On June 30th, Governor Paul LePage and his New York lawyer walked out of contract negotiations with the state employees union, just as workers were ready to make an agreement.

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant released this statement:

“This is a classic example of Governor LePage’s ‘my way or the highway attitude.’ He didn’t think he was going to get what he wanted, so like a frustrated child he took his ball and went home – all the while he’s costing taxpayers more money. In one month we’ve paid his lawyers $50,000 – that’s more than most Maine workers make in a year.”

“He has shown a complete lack of respect and disregard for Maine workers since he took office. Last night’s walk out was the latest in a continual stream of attacks. First it was the budget, then it was fair share, now it’s contract negotiations, he just won’t give up.

“Governor LePage and his New York City lawyer need to stop dragging their feet and get the job done. The state employees are ready to bargain – why isn’t he?”

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