Maine is Teacher Union Officials’ Next Target


Michael Patrick Leahy reports teacher union officials will begin to agitate in Maine next month to make strikes legal on

The #RedforEd movement is now targeting the state of Maine, where teachers plan to converge on the state capital of Augusta on April 17 to support the passage of a bill that would grant them the right to strike.

The Action Network described the planning for the event, which is sponsored by the Maine Education Association:

Education Week notes that “the National Right to Work Foundation says 27 states have right to work laws ‘for the private and/or public sector,’ while AFSCME says ’26 states prohibit fair-share fees or public-sector collective bargaining completely.’”

Should the Maine Education Association succeed in persuading the Maine state legislature to pass legislation granting teachers the right to strike, the state’s Democrat Gov. Janet Mills is expected to sign it into law.

If Maine teachers secure the legal right to strike, it could become a significant political weapon with the potential to impact the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in the state.