Sen. Millett earns high marks for pro-worker voting record

Posted: January 06, 2020 | Senator Millett

AUGUSTA – Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, earned perfect scores from the Maine State Employees Association and the Maine AFL-CIO for her votes to support working families and strengthen workers’ rights.

“I have made it my mission to support labor rights and unions throughout my time in the Legislature,” said Sen. Millett. “Last year we continued to make progress to support workers, passing my paid leave bill and building a bridge to a $40,000 minimum teacher salary. There’s still more to be done, however, and I look forward to getting back to work in the coming session.”

In 2019, Sen. Millett sponsored a first-in-the-nation earned paid leave law. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021, will require that employees be allowed to earn one hour of paid time off for every 40 hours worked. The paid time off can then be taken for whether it be an illness, caring for a sick child, getting a car repaired or dealing with any other emergency.

Serving as chair of the Education Committee, Sen. Millett sponsored a bill to set the minimum teacher salary at $40,000 a year. The state’s biennial budget, passed in 2019, builds a bridge to reach that goal by 2022.

The Maine AFL-CIO represents more than 160 local labor unions and 40,000 working people in the state. For more information about the votes scored by AFL-CIO, visit

MSEA represents 13,000 public workers. For more information about the votes scored by MSEA, visit