State union files complaint against LePage

Maine’s largest state workers union, the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, has filed a formal complaint against Gov. Paul LePage and his administration for allegedly negotiating the union’s contract in bad faith and violating state collective bargaining rights in the process.

The union, which represents 15,000 state workers across a variety of departments, filed the complaint on Monday with the Maine Labor Relations Board.

“All Maine workers have a right to do their jobs free of coercion and discrimination, and that includes workers who have exercised their right to form a union,” said Scott Austin, a union member and environmental specialist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. “We’re simply asking the labor board to order the LePage administration to stop its illegal conduct.”