Maine unions take aim at governor's budget

8:46 AM, Mar 2, 2011   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Union members upset over Maine Gov. Paul LePage's budget plan are facing off with LePage supporters as the Appropriations Committee meets in Augusta.

The Maine State Employees Association on Wednesday launched a two-day show of force as the committee began examining LePage's proposed $6.1 billion budget package.

It started with a gathering in the Hall of Flags that was supposed to be a time for unionized workers to make their voices heard, but the 100 or so union supporters were met by counter-demonstrators. Some held signs with slogans like, "End Union Greed."

Tim Lajoie of Lewiston, who's a union member, was one of the critics of the union tactics. He said it's time for state government to get finances under control and that unions need to do their part.

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