Sens. Claxton and Libby earn high marks for pro-worker voting record

Posted: October 31, 2019 | Senator Claxton, Senator Libby

Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, and Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn earned perfect scores from the Maine State Employees Association and the Maine AFL-CIO for their votes to support working families and strengthen workers’ rights.

“The success of our state and our economy is predicated on supporting and empowering Maine workers,” said Sen. Libby. “If Maine businesses, non-profits, and public sector employers want the best people they can get – and if they want to keep them – we need to continue this year’s efforts around employee rights.”

Sen. Libby has a long history of supporting Maine workers. This year, he successfully sponsored one of the bills the Maine AFL-CIO included on the scorecard, LD 1674, “An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.” This new law makes amendments to the program to ensure earned benefits are accrued and disbursed fairly. Health care and retirement benefits are an important part of attracting and retaining local public safety professionals.

“I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish this session,” said Sen. Claxton. “Labor rights have come a long way in our country and state. I’m looking forward to getting back to work for hardworking Mainers and continuing to do all that we can to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy, productive and happy life.”

Maine AFL-CIO based their scorecard on 12 bills, including legislation to close a loophole that had allowed public school construction projects to evade prevailing wage requirements, and legislation to give workers stronger legal remedies when they’re subject to wage theft. 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 the AFL-CIO, visit www.maineaflcio.openscorecard.org.

MSEA scored votes on five bills, including the state’s biennial budget. MSEA represents 13,000 public workers. For more information about the votes scored by MSEA, visit www.mseaseiu.org.