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Season 4, Episode 128

Maine’s offshore wind future on hold after Governor veto



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Francis Eanes

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Executive Director of the Maine Labor Climate Council, Francis Eanes returned to the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the veto of one of the two offshore wind bills by Gov. Janet Mills. Eanes also discussed the next steps to get the offshore wind bills passed.

There were two proposed bills relating to the development of the offshore wind industry in Maine. One bill that originated in Congress would ensure that state utilities purchase the wind energy produced. The second bill, originating from the Governor’s office, would handle the development of docks to handle the infrastructure needs of the offshore wind development. After amendments were made to the dock bill that added a Project Labor Agreement into the bill, Gov. Mills vetoed the bill, claiming it would unfairly help unions, Eanes said.

The addition of the PLA language to the bill was made to match the trend of offshore wind developments down the coast. Eanes also pointed out that the infrastructure funding also has similar PLA requirements. The Council argues that no favoritism was shown to unions, as any contractor can bid on jobs with a PLA, they just need to meet the requirements. Increasing the standard of work required has been proven to help protect and improve all workers no matter union affiliation, Eanes said.

The Council is currently working with the Governor’s office to find a way to improve the vetoed bill. It is the Governor’s chance to help reindustrialize many of the cities and counties that were hurt by jobs being sent overseas and show that she stands with workers, Eanes said. By keeping the PLAs in the bill, all workers benefit from a fair and safe working environment. Gov. Mills said, “Maine won’t wait,” to help lead the transition to green energy. If she is going to stand by that and make it a just transition, she will need to find a resolution that works for everyone, Eanes said.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more.


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