May 27th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President (ALG) Bill Wilson today issued the following statement urging the Maine legislature to adopt a measure that would give public sector employees the option of whether or not to join a union:
"All employees, whether public or private, ought to have a choice if they wish to join a union. The Maine legislature is simply taking the same step that New Hampshire has in considering passing right-to-work legislation for public sector workers, to bring an end to the dominance that the unions have wielded in making the cost of government unsustainable at a state level.
"This is about fairness to workers, and their freedom to choose, but it is also about reining in the spiraling costs of public sector pension and health care benefits. The Maine legislature is taking the responsible step to help bring its fiscal house into order."