Gov. LePage: Builders Unfairly Deny Jobs to Non-Union Workers

Friday, 22 Mar 2013 03:31 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has slammed the builders of a natural gas pipeline for their plan to use only union contractors for portions of the job, The Bangor Daily News reports.

“This action not only increases the cost of the project, but more importantly, it shuts out Maine’s construction workers and their families from good job opportunities,” LePage, a Republican, said in a statement.

The controversy surrounds the construction of a $100 million, 88-mile pipeline through central Maine.

The Pine Tree’s State’s top lawmaker was joined by two construction trade groups as he tore into Summit Natural Gas of Maine for forcing contractors who bid on the project to abide by collective bargaining labor contracts.

LePage, along with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine and the Associated General Contractors of Maine, charge the exclusion of non-union workers discriminates against the majority of construction workers.

But Matt Schlobohm of the Maine AFL-CIO, told the newspaper: “It’s disappointing that a governor who says Maine is open for business would play politics when a company is planning to invest over $100 million in Maine, create hundreds of good-paying jobs for Maine people and lower our energy costs.’’




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Florida Police Officer Killed, Suspect in Custody

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 10:31 AM

A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff' . . .

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Son Mugged Near Home

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 09:00 AM

A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home. . . .

Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 23:27 PM

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a sh . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved