The Maine House has rejected a pair of right-to-work bills. The first bill would make Maine a “right-to-work” state and the second would prohibit employers from deducting union dues or service fees from employees who have opted out of being in a union.
If the bills had passed, it would have been illegal for employers in Maine to require workers to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.
The largely Democratic House defeated the right-to-work bill by a 92-53 vote and the service fees bill was rejected by a 89-56 vote.
Though the House rejected the bills, they still have to be voted on by the state Senate.
04/26/13 UPDATE: The Maine Senate voted down both right-to-work bills, effectively killing them. The bills were supported by Governor Paul LePage and republicans.