AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House has rejected a pair of bills labeled by opponents as anti-union. One would make Maine a right-to-work state and the other seeks to bar public employers from deducting union dues from non-union members.
The Democratic-controlled House rejected the right-to-work measure by a 92-53 tally, and the so-called agency fee bill was turned back by an 89-56 vote.
The right-to-work bill would make it illegal for a private employer from requiring employees to join a labor organization or pay any union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
The second bill seeks to repeal the law that allows public employers to deduct service fees from employees' pay in lieu of union dues.
The bills were sent to the Senate.
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