LePage hires out-of-state lawyer to help with contract negotiations, at $295 an hour

Posted April 27, 2011, at 8:47 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is getting some outside help negotiating a new labor contract for nearly 10,000 state workers.

Louis DiLorenzo, a managing partner in the firm Bond Schoeneck & King, which has offices in New York, Florida and Kansas, will be paid $295 an hour to help administration officials in their negotiations with the Maine State Employees Association.

A Wednesday meeting will discuss ground rules for upcoming negotiations.

The last Maine governor to hire an outside attorney was John McKernan, who did so in 1991.

Joyce Oreskovich of the Bureau of Human Resources says LePage believes an outside expert will bring a national perspective to the negotiations.

Portland labor lawyer Howard Reben tells the Kennebec Journal LePage is “squandering money” when LePage says the state has to save money.

 

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