Sen. Bellows earns perfect score from Maine AFL-CIO on voting record for working families

Posted: October 04, 2018 | Senator Bellows

Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, has received a 100 percent rating on the Maine AFL-CIO’s legislative scorecard for her support of working families during the second session of the 128th Legislature.

“My father was a carpenter, so I know what it is like for people to work hard every day, but still have to live with worry that they can provide for their families,” said Sen. Bellows. “Working families need people to stand up for them in Augusta, and I’ve done just that as a State Senator.”

Sen. Bellows is one of ten Democratic State Senators to receive a perfect score from the group. Founded in 1956, the Maine AFL-CIO represents four active labor councils, more than 160 local labor unions and more than 40,000 workers and retirees here in Maine. The AFL-CIO advocates on behalf of workers from all different professions — teachers, papermakers, truck drivers, nurses, letter carriers, firefighters and more.

Sen. Bellows received high marks from the AFL-CIO for her steadfast support of Maine workers, which includes supporting legislation to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion, voting to fix Maine’s flawed unemployment system and fighting to ensure Mainer’s get the overtime pay they deserve. She also opposed multiple efforts to roll back the voter-approved minimum wage increase, which would have resulted in a serious pay cut for thousands of working Mainers.

Sen. Bellows is serving in her first term representing southern Kennebec County in the Maine Senate. Additionally, Sen. Bellows is the lead Senate Democrat on the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee.