Maine labor mural comes down on LePage's orders

8:34 AM, Mar 29, 2011   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A mural depicting Maine's labor history has been removed from the lobby of the state Department of Labor headquarters after a directive from the new pro-business governor.

Gov. Paul LePage's spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says the 36-foot-wide, 11-panel mural was put in storage over the weekend.

LePage last week directed that the mural be taken down and that departmental conference rooms named for labor leaders be renamed in keeping with administration's pro-business goals.

About 250 people showed up at the department last Friday to protest the decision. The rooms have not been renamed yet.

The governor said the mural would be moved to and displayed at Portland City Hall, but city officials and councilors have yet to sign off on that.








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