Maine state workers back on the job

Posted Aug. 10, 2009, at 11:31 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — It’s two down and 18 to go for Maine state workers coming off a three-day weekend that included an unpaid day on Friday.

A total of 20 shutdown days aimed at saving $14 million were included in the budget approved by Gov. John Baldacci and the Legislature.

The Maine State Employees Association organized small-scale demonstrations in Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston and Portland on Friday to show their disdain.

The $5.8 billion general fund budget also freezes merit and longevity pay, and requires state workers to begin contributing toward their health insurance.

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