Comments for: Keep state committee whole: Interests of union, non-union workers must be balanced

Posted Dec. 05, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.

Democrats, now back in control of the Maine Legislature, have begun talking about the changes they intend to make to state government. Some of the changes they propose may be good ideas, as Republicans could not change everything that needed to be changed in two short years. Others, however, appear …

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  • Anonymous

    This article is quick to point out how workers organized together are supporting democrats. In the interests of fairness, why not mention how corporations are organized to pump even greater amounts of cash into our elections in support of republicans?

    This article is an anti-union hit piece masquerading as “balanced”.

    Bottom line, wages are flat or worse as unions are being weakened. These are not unrelated. Maine and America will only see improvement in our economy when wages grow. Unions are the most effective lever to improve wages broadly. Without them, workers remain at a power disadvantage and progress will not come, ever.

    It is time to stop the insanity and stand together for fair pay. Our children need us to step up or their wage slavery will be certain.

  • Anonymous

    Unless you’re in a union or a leftist special interest group, the DEMS do not represent you. If the DEMS get their way, workers and businesses shall be enemies once again. Pitiful! I suspect our job creators will be on a one way path out of ME and who can blame them now that the DEMS will be implementing anti-jobs policies?

    • Anonymous

      Thought about changing your “handle”?

  • Anonymous

    Relax Ms. Volk and Mr. Wallace. Private union membership is down to 7% in America. You can stop hiding under the bed from the scary union monster. I can’t wait to see who they blame for the bad economy when the unions have disappeared completely. Probably the workers themselves. I can hear them now. “This minimum wage is killing us.” “The kids are working for $5 an hour on a training wage, why are the adults worth any more?” ” It is unfair to the kids”

  • Anonymous

    Volk and Wallace — I would be concerned about you guys if there were no unions for you to scapegoat, but then I remembered, you find imaginary things to scapegoat like ACORN and voter fraud. What is it with Republicans? Do you want to fade into irrelevancy? Can’t you find something real to concern yourselves with?

  • Thomas McLaughlin

    I blong to a union that places great value on the relationships between labor, the contractors that employ them,and the businesses that want something built. However, business has no say in regards to how many appentices are brought in to any given union or local for that matter. Flooding the market with workers that the market can’t supply jobs for, only drives down wages. What does that do for all the other businesses that want to sell products to all these workers. People enjoy prospering, driving down wages takes you in the opposite direction.

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