Posted: September 24, 2014 | Senator Jackson

Labor federation praises lawmaker for commitment to working families

AUGUSTA – Democratic Senator Troy Jackson of Allagash has received a 100% rating from the Maine AFL-CIO for his support of working families during the second session of the 126th Legislature.

“For me, serving in the Legislature has always been about fighting for the working people of Maine and Aroostook County,” said Senator Jackson, “I have seen firsthand that when Maine workers thrive, our economy thrives.”

Senator Jackson is among 18 Democratic senators to receive a perfect score from the group, which represents more than 42,000 workers and retirees here in Maine. The AFL-CIO represents working Mainers in paper mills, shipyards, hospitals, and many other industries in the state.

During the 2014 legislative session, Senator Jackson sponsored a measure to keep call center jobs in Maine. Senator Jackson also supported the bipartisan, responsible budget crafted by the legislature and voted to accept federal funding to increase access to health care.

Senator Jackson also opposed a bill that would have allowed large multi-national and out-of-state businesses to reduce current workers’ pay and benefits, workplace protections, and otherwise have weakened collective bargaining rights for Maine workers. Conservatives call these laws “right-to-work” laws.

Senator Jackson is serving his third term in the Maine Senate and represents the towns of Northern Aroostook County.