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Top Maine Democrat would rather have no jobs than workplace freedom

Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland

The top Democrat in the Maine Senate espoused a controversial idea regarding employment on Tuesday morning’s broadcast of WVOM’s George Hale and Ric Tyler Show.

The exchange came about is regard to Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed Open for Business Zones (OFBZ). The zones would be located at the now-defunct Loring Air Force base in Limestone and Brunswick Naval Air Station in Brunswick.

“I don’t see why our chief executive thinks that the best strategy he can come up with around the economy is to pay workers less,” said Senate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland).

Host Ric Tyler responds: “One of the arguments is: Wouldn’t it be better to have Right-to-Work jobs than have no jobs at all?”

Alfond: “No. It wouldn’t.”

In other words, if you can’t get a union job, you’re better off jobless in Alfond’s eyes.

OFBZ’s would offer a host of incentives for companies who locate in them including protection against forced unionism. Employees in OFBZs would not be forced to pay agency fees to labor unions, but would instead be allowed to choose whether they want to support organized labor.

Listen to Alfond’s radio interview here: