Maine environmentalists and labor activists are joining forces because of a shar
Maine environmentalists and labor activists are joining forces because of a shared disdain for Gov. Angus King's administration and its Department of Labor. According to the newly allied protest groups, Maine's labor laws are being broken on a regular basis and state government does nothing. Valerie Landry, King's labor commissioner, admits her department is complaint-driven rather than activist. But Landry pointed out that she has only four wage-and-hour inspectors for 40,000 businesses and two monitor-advocates for 12,000 annual migrant workers. John Hanson, director of the University of Maine's labor education bureau since 1978, has a long perspective on the relationship between environmentalists and organized working people, and he is cautiously optimistic that a merging of interests is taking place.
Environmentalists, Labor and laboring classes, Maine Department of Labor, Maine Governor
Tapley, Lance, "Maine environmentalists and labor activists are joining forces because of a shar" (2000). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 285.
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